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Charlene McPhate Miller

April 3, 2011

Charlene McPhate Miller, 78, of Starkville; passed away at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville on April 2, 2011, where she left this life in perfect peace!
Mrs. Miller was born in Fayette, on August 16, 1932, and lived in Starkville for the last 50 years.
She was married to Joe Miller who preceded her in death.
She is survived by five children, Ronald Joe Miller of Caledonia; Deborah Gardner of Columbus; Anthony Miller of Columbus; Nancy Warren of Pontotoc; and Joe Miller, Jr. of Starkville; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Thomae of Natchez.
She was a member of Columbus Christian Center in Columbus, pastored by her son-in-law Kenny Gardner.
Her life was well spent with her faith, family and friends. She loved life! She was a homemaker but was employed 12 years at Mississippi State.
Home gardening was her passion.
She will be greatly missed by her children and grandchildren but she leaves behind a legacy of love and wonderful memories that will forever be in the memory vault of their hearts.
“Her children rise up and call her blessed.” Prov. 31
“Rest in Peace Mama. You are not in our past but in our future”
Visitation for Mrs. Miller will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville.
A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5 at 11 a.m. at Welch Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Kenny Gardner and Rev. James Gardner.
Burial will follow in Curtis Chapel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her five children and Paul Warren her son-in-law and Michael Miller, the only grandson, and Junior Williams her special neighbor and gardening buddy.
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