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.