ELKHART — Lela Grace Miller, 97, left her earthly home for her heavenly home surrounded by her family Thursday. She will be dearly missed by her family but will be welcomed home by her Lord and Savior, to whom she was faithfully devoted.
She was a woman of great faith and was an inspiration to her family. She has left a great legacy for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to follow. Lela was a homemaker all her life. She was a hard worker and raised her children with love and respect. She loved beauty and kept her home and garden neat and clean. She enjoyed music and played the piano and organ for her own enjoyment. But most of all she will be remembered for her faith and devotion to her Lord. She was an adult Sunday school teacher at Plato Mennonite Church for many years. Lela worked in the cafeteria at Shipshewana Elementary School and volunteered at the LaGrange County Clothes and Food Basket for many years. In 1999, Lela moved to Hubbard Hill Estates assisted living facilities until her health failed and she was moved to the health care facility.
Mrs. Miller was born on Oct. 7, 1915, in Benzonia, Mich., to Lewis and Fannie (Kauffman) Morningstar.
On Sept. 23, 1936, she married Harold L. Miller in Topeka. He preceded her in death Sept. 15, 1985.
She is survived by her three daughters and two sons-in-law, Carol and Donald Troyer and Joyce and Phil Troyer, all of LaGrange, and Shirley Beach of Elkhart; two sons and daughters-in-law, Lynn and Jackie Miller of Elkhart and Dean and Lana Miller of Howe; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Her parents, four sisters, Flossie King, Fern Hartlzer, Esther Oswald and Mabel Sharick, and eight brothers, Titus, Ora, Bill, Melvin, Clayton, Floyd, Jessie and Arthur Morningstar, all preceded her in death.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Emma Mennonite Church, 1900 S. 600 West, Topeka, where funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Richard Martin will officiate.
Burial will follow at Shore Cemetery in Shipshewana.
Memorial contributions may be made to World Missionary Press.
A special thank you from the family to all the staff at Hubbard Hill for the care that was given to Lela during her time there.
Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at www.fruripmayfuneralhome.com.