June 6, 1940 ~ March 18, 2021

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Marian Lee Miller, 80, passed away on March 18, 2021, at her Fairview residence. An Asheville native, Marian was born on June 6, 1940, to the late James William and Marjorie Blankenship Miller. She was also preceded in death by her brother, David E. Miller, and her brother-in-law, Thomas Gantt.

From childhood, Marian was known for her love of a wide range of music and for her musical ability. She sang in numerous church and community choirs, and most recently shared her beautiful soprano in the choir of Central Methodist Church in Asheville. In addition, she was known for her quick wit, her green thumb, and her ability to arrange flowers. She was also a most generous sister and friend.

After receiving an Associate’s degree from Mars Hill College, Marian went on to earn her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from UNC-Greensboro. She first taught in West Asheville and then for many years at Fairview Elementary School, where she excelled in math and reading instruction and is remembered for her vitality and creativity.

Miss Miller was devoted to her family. She is survived by her sister, Dr. Patricia M. Gantt, of Hyde Park, UT; her sister-in-law, Daisy Miller; her nephew, Tim Miller, of Haywood County; her niece, Tammy Lambert, of Asheboro; and her niece, Debbie DeBruhl, of Asheville. Her many cousins and extended family members, whom she loved and admired, will also miss her zest for living.

A funeral service for Marian will be held at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue at 2:00 p.m. on April 6. She will be interred at Cane Creek Cemetery, Fairview, alongside her parents, on April 7.


Funeral Service: April 6, 2021 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806



Cane Creek Cemetery
Grave Yard Road
Fairview, NC 28730

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  1. Pat, sending condolences to you in the loss of your precious sister. I know that she will be greatly missed in the Fairview community. She was definitely a person of many talents and abilities and shared them so willingly. May God give you peace, grace and comfort during this time of grief.
    Love in Christ,

  2. Patty – read about your sister today. Offering my sincerest condolences to you and family! I think about you often and our breakfasts at IHOP with Doug and Tim. Hope you’re happy and doing well. Would love to catch up if you’re in town and not too busy. Joyce Franklin Clements 828-225-0861 is my work number.

  3. Miss Miller was my 6th grade teacher and I to this day have fond memories of “music day”. She would make “song sheets” for us with lyrics to popular songs of the time and the entire class would sing along. “Sweet City Woman” by the Bay Citg Rollers instantly takes me back to music day in Miss Miller’s room! Thank you Miss Miller for being an energetic and engaging teacher and sharing your passion for music! May you rest in peace and enjoy the heavenly choir!


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