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Mary “Elaine” Miller-Rausch

Our beloved mother and grandmother went to heaven to be with her Lord and Savior, family and friends.  She passed away on August 1, 2017 at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Florida surrounded by her loved ones.

Mom was born on December 1, 1930 to the late Mary Ethel and George Baker.  She was predeceased by all her siblings: brother George Baker; half-brothers Charles Wright, Herbert Wright, William Wright and half-sisters Bertha Wright, Bessie Cornwell, Georgia Ringle, Yula Anderson and Wanda Spencer.  Mom was also preceded in death by her first husband/our father Larry Richard Miller, and her second husband Harold V. Rausch.

Surviving family members include her two sons Steven R. Miller (Laurie) of Burke, NY and Michael D. Miller (Clara) of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; grandsons Liam, Logan, Tadd and Brandan Miller; granddaughters Ashley Warner, Laurelaine Miller, Ericka Jones, and JoAnn Rausch-Gallagher (Jeremy).  Mom also leaves behind a host of friends and acquaintances.

Our Mom was born in the house which stands on Seaver Street.  She graduated from Ithaca High School in 1948.  Her first job was as a telephone operator on the second floor of an Ithaca downtown business.  She later worked at the Masonic Home in Alma where she met our father, Larry.  They were married on Groundhogs Day, February 2, 1957 and made their home on Seaver.  Soon after our birth Mom began work at the North Elementary School and old high school, retiring after nearly 30 years.  

Mom was a devout Christian, very loving and caring, always placing her family first.  She also took care of her parents in the Seaver home.  Mom always had a card in the mail whenever it was someone’s birthday, anniversary, holiday or words of sympathy.  Those who got to know her stated; “She is such a sweet person.”  Mom, dad and sons enjoyed vacations to various destinations throughout Michigan and Canada.  In her spare time, she enjoyed picking and canning fruits and vegetables.  She was married to the love of her life for 29 years.  A few years after Larry’s passing, mom remarried.  Mom enjoyed spending winter months in central Florida and the remaining months in Michigan during her retirement.  She enjoyed the warmer Florida weather, but always carried Michigan in her heart.  She relished walks and visiting friends in both states.  After Harold’s passing in 2011, mom moved to Florida permanently.    

The family will receive friends at visitation on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca, Michigan.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11:00am at the funeral home.  Officiating the service will be Pastor Showers and/or Associate Pastor Fall from Seville Church of God.  Following services, burial will be in Ithaca Cemetery.

Flowers are acceptable.  Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed online at

Reader Comments (8)

My folks, Glenn and Gloria Secor (Dad was superintendent of Ithaca Public Schools from '67 - '87) thought the world of Elaine. She was kind, thoughtful and always had a word of encouragement. I remember her beautiful smile! God's comfort and blessing at this difficult time.
August 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Secor
I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember Mrs. Miller from my childhood at North Elementary. She was a very sweet lady. Your family is in my prayers.
Elaine was a wonderful person. I always enjoyed when she came to my classroom at North Elementary to clean. She always asked about how the day was going. She cleaned our rooms as though they were her home. I was impressed that she taught her sons to cook and sew. I'm sure their wives were impressed too. After Larry passed, Elaine and I spent some time on Friday nights just enjoying each other company. She was an incredible person and I will have great memories of her. My thoughts are with you all.
August 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJulie A. Rau
Steve and Mike - I'm so sorry to hear of your mother passing on. She was such a kind & soul. She always took the time to visit share a kind word. Remembering her makes me smile. May your wonderful memories soothe your grief now and in the days to come.
Mike and sympathy to you and your families....I remember your mom, so sweet and gentle, from my growing up years at the Church of God. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
August 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Lott Goodhall
Aunt Elaine was a wonderful, loving woman who touched the lives of all who were blessed enough to know her. She will be dearly missed. My love, thoughts and prayers to the rest of her family and those who loved her.
August 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRonnna Rummer
I had the privilege of calling Elaine "Mom" for the last 31 years. She became my mother through marriage, but she loved me as if I were her own daughter, and I loved her like she was my mother every day since. . She had a beautiful, kind, caring spirit and she will be greatly missed by myself, Laurelaine, and Liam. Steve and Mike, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Her love for you will always remain in your hearts and she will be with you in the memories you created with her.
August 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDarlene Long
Dear Steve and mike our love and sympathy to you and your families thank you for including me as a pallbearer it was a great honor for you to include me ,you will always be family to me ,always! Love Tim Laurie and Joseph
August 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTim lafreniere

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