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Mary Theresa Miller

Birth Date: February 4, 1959
Death Date: May 8, 2018

Mary Theresa Miller passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018, with her loving spouse at her side. Theresa was born in Huntington, West Virginia and was the youngest child of Elizabeth Francis Stipe and Edward Aloicious Cooney. Theresa is survived by her husband, Donald Miller, four daughters, Erin, Nicki, Maggie, and Jill (Alex), three step-children, Amanda (Bob), Whitney, and Greg (Rae), three grandchildren, Aiden, Clark and AJ, and four sisters, Beth, Linda, Rosemary, and Diane. Theresa and Don were married at Peoples Church of God, Decatur IL on October 10th, 1998. Theresa will be greatly missed for her relentless energetic spirit, lifelong commitment to serving others, and her passion for her work as an Occupational Therapist OTR/L, CHT at St Mary’s Hospital in Decatur IL. A time of remembrance to honor Theresa’s life will be held on Saturday, May 12th, 2018. There will be a time of visitation from 5-7 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service, at Moran and Goebel Funeral Home, located at 2801 N. Monroe Street, Decatur, IL 62526. Flower donations are welcome and would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be left to the Miller family at

Memorial Ceremony
May 12, 2018
7:00 pm
Moran & Goebel Funeral Home
2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, Il 62526
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Memorial Gathering
May 12, 2018
5:00 pm
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2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, Il 62526
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  1. We were very close neighbors and friends with Theresa when her girls were in elementary school. Whenever I pass by their old house in Bowie Maryland, I remember how our daughters and Theresa's girls played together, had sleepovers, holidays together, and all of those years of the children growing up with such a fine family so close by. Quite simply, you could not have a nicer friend than Theresa, the kind of person that makes a neighborhood special.
    We felt so honored to be invited to her wedding to Don, and to welcomed her on visits to Maryland in recent years.
    We are deeply saddened by her loss and wish her family strength and courage to carry on as she would have wanted you to.
    Sincerely, Caren Gentile and Bruce Clark, Bowie Maryland.

  2. When I saw Jill look at Theresa during her vows, I knew she was telling her mom that she was so happy to be marrying Alex. She was reassuring her mom that it was going to be a good Marriage. Theresa looked right back at Jill & then Don & I felt as though she was confirming, “It is well with my soul”. God knew she’d have to say goodbye to all those she loved.

  3. Jill and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She raised a wonderful daughter. I will be praying for you. My sister Amy met your mom through the running club and said she was very sweet. I remember her from cheering you on at meets.

  4. Hey Don we were saddened to hear about Theresa. We have many good thoughts and memories of you both. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.
    Adrian and Donna

  5. It was such a blessing to be at Alex & Jill’s Rehearsal Dinner & Wedding. It was a pleasure meeting Theresa & Don & the family. We send prayers for God’s love to comfort you all at this time. Blessings from The Berntsen Family.

  6. We are so sorry for your loss. It was so fun to be at the wedding. It was a very special time. So glad we got to meet Theresa & Don & the family. So glad Theresa is in His Presence. We pray comfort, peace and blessings to cover you
    The Schleppenbach Family. Alex’s Aunt, Uncle & his cousins.

  7. I will truly miss Theresa. I remember helping Theresa and Don with their wedding. Such a happy time. Such a beautiful person inside and out. Prayers the family and friends.

  8. I light this candle in honor of Jill, Alex and Don for their never ending care, love, medical advocacy and compaionship to Theresa during the 8 months she was in Chicago. They are my heroes. I will miss the joy of Theresa.

  9. We are not able to be in Decatur this weekend. Sorry to miss the Service. However, we will be seeing Alex and Jill in Chicago in the next couple of weeks. We will have a time of Mother's Day for me, which is very thoughtful….and a time of remembering Theresa. I I have such great admiration for these Newlyweds caring for Theresa over the past 8 months. They are my hereos. I also know Don has been with Theresa in the city as a constant support in person to his beloved wife,Theresa, during this 8 month journey. There is a Willie Nelson Song, "Something You Get Through". The lyrics are perfect in expressing what it is like to loose someone you love so much. It's not something you get over but it's something you get through". SO TRUE

  10. These pictures tell the story of our two families joining together in the union of our children Alex & Jill. Then the bad news came about Thetrsa’s horrific disease. She valiantly fought to be well again. But God called her home to Heaven & welcomed her with words of comfort, “You have done well, my good & faithful servant”. She was a beacon of light in the darkness & an Angel who walked amongst us & changed our lives with her love, joy, optimism & generosity.

  11. Our sympathy and prayers to the family. It was my privilege to know Theresa and serve as her pastor several years back. May God give you all strength as you go forward.

    Marlin & Karen Jaynes
    Gray, Tennessee

  12. I didn't get the chance to get to know Theresa too much, just a couple times at Harvest small group. But, it has been amazing to see the impact she has had on everyone at church and to see how much she cared for everyone. Great encouragement to hear of her faith and perseverance. I will continue to pray for Don and his family.

  13. Theresa was one of the first people that I recognized when I joined the Decatur Running Club. She had been my mom's therapist at St. Mary's after her carpal tunnel surgery and I had marveled at her patience and skill at that time. At running outings she was one of the first people to greet me and kinda took me under her wing as I got to know the ins and outs of running.
    I am so proud that I can say that I knew her and I have missed her smiling face at runs and will continue to miss her. May God hold you closely in the future as you mourn her loss as I am sure he will do for all of us.

  14. I was lucky enough to meet Theresa while working on the 4th floor of St. Mary's Hospital. She was so friendly and made everyone feel like a part of a big family. Her aura of energy and vitality made others want to be around her. She will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to Don.

  15. To the family of Theresa Miller:
    Last year I had the privilege of being with Theresa as part of my schooling and she was unimaginable! I am so glad she taught me all she knew and more, I always called her Mother Theresa because she treated me like one of her own. La Gondolas will always be our place that's where she took me the last day I was with her. She will be greatly missed, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Twenty years ago, fresh out of college and green in all things OT, I was fortunate to land an internship at St. Mary's Hospital. Little did I know this would be the beginning of many great things for me, one of which was having Theresa as my clinical instructor. I quickly learned she worked fast, diligently and with a heart for others. She gently led and guided me in more than my work, and would become more than a mentor for my career. She became a trusted friend and source of support and accountability as I entered the realms of marriage, motherhood and ministry life. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for all the things she taught me and the well of life she poured into me, my family and all those she encountered. Hers was a will unbroken, a heart unmatched in its capacity to love and a desire for godliness that was inspiring. Through hardships she endured with prayer and a faith that was unwavering, and in all things she found something for which to be thankful. I will miss seeing her walking up the drive, watering can in hand as she tended to her plants or carrying trays of food to the pool as she entertained those she loved. We, who had the fortune of knowing Theresa, are saddened by her passing. But I surmise that our sadness in her death is far surpassed by the gift of love she bestowed to us and in us to love greater, to pray harder and to hug like you mean it. I know she is at peace now, and that brings me some solace. Until we meet again on the other side of glory my friend, I love you.
    Amanda Rennert

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