Sylvia Miller, age 92, of Mansfield, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021, at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. She was born in Geauga County, Ohio, on December 7, 1928, one of nine children of the late John and Clara (Burkholder) Miller.
Growing up in a large family taught Sylvia the value of teamwork and working hard, traits she valued her entire life. She was competitive by nature, enjoyed playing games and was a very good athlete, especially enjoying softball. She had a fun, spunky personality-some would call her a spitfire-and a great sense of humor. Sylvia had a huge heart and loved people and animals. She had an extraordinary ability to connect with others and put them at ease. She and her husband, Urie, created a wonderful, loving home for their large family. Her selfless nature was evident in her devout Christian nature. Sylvia was an amazing cook and everyone enjoyed her hosting meals and family get-togethers, something she truly enjoyed. She was meticulous and detailed, enjoying her gardens and landscaping which were sculpted to near perfection.
Sylvia is survived by four children, Clara Miller, Bob (Brenda) Miller, Joanne (Ed) Hursey and Raymond (Joy) Miller; ten grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter. She is also survived by two sisters, Amanda Bontrager and Edna (John) Hostetler; two brothers, John (Helen) Miller and Eli Miller; a multitude of nieces and nephews; and her caregiver, Dawn Gillum. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Urie P. Miller; a grandson, Johnny Woolum Jr.; two sisters, Mary and Clara; and two brothers, Andy and Lester.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 30, 2021, at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington-Springmill Road. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. She will be laid to rest in Oak Grove Memorial Park beside her husband. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
In adhering to the governor's mandate, all guests are required to wear a face covering and maintain appropriate social distancing during their visit.
Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.wappner.com.