Longtime Omaha-area educator Marnie H.T. Miller was a people person.
“She remembered everybody. She remembered names,” said daughter Mary Pat Flanagan of Omaha. “Her students came back to visit all the time.”
Miller also knew the names of the Methodist Hospital employees who cleaned her room and brought her food, and those workers came to visit Miller in their off time, Flanagan said.
“She just made an impact wherever she went,” the daughter said. “A lot of people knew her and loved her.”
Miller, 88, died Thursday at Methodist. She had been ill for a long time, her daughter said.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 119th and Pacific Streets. She chose cremation.
Miller taught physical education and sociology for 15 years at Omaha Ryan High School, which closed in 1983.
“She always told everyone Ryan closed because she left. She was quite the joker,” Flanagan said.
After Ryan closed, Miller worked at Area 13 Education Agency in Iowa as a consultant to high schools. “She'd go out to the schools and teach the teachers,” Flanagan said.
Miller played the organ for 30 years at St. Thomas More Catholic Church and then for services at Fountain View Active Retirement Community. She lived at the retirement home from 2003 until a few weeks before her death.
She collected martini glasses and other items with martini motifs, including purses, earrings and plates. The collection kept growing even though she hadn't had a martini in 12 years, her daughter said.
At Miller's request, a martini glass, the robe from her master's degree ceremony and one pink rose were displayed for visitors at Monday evening's wake service.
She grew up in the Montana towns of Butte and Great Falls. She graduated from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, Kan., after a friend arranged for her to get a scholarship there. She earned her master's degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Marnie Miller was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Robert, and son Michael.
Besides her daughter, other survivors include sons Bob Miller of Kansas City, Mo., and Dr. John Miller of Fairway, Kan.; daughter Jeanie Sturgeon of Omaha; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.