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“Sincere sympathy to the family. Never met Lillian, but when I happened to see Earl, he always looked happy -and what the obit says of his late wife,...Read More »
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“Mom was independent in her thinking. She refused to let other people define her. She loved working with her hands, building, gardening, and working...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Mary M. Smith - Bryant, AR

“I will always remember our visits to your house and my little dog growling at the TV in the middle of the night. ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Keri Beck Covey - Orange Park, FL

“In1999 I was on a trip with Lillian's son in law and friend Michael that overlapped thanksgiving. Upon visiting the Millers for only several hours I...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Frank Watson - Lancaster, SC

“Our love and thoughts come to all of you as your family proceeds through this time of grief and reflection and memories about your relationships and...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Kris Driver - Fayetteville, AR

Lillian Louise Miller, 80, of Alexander, died at home on November 17, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was lovingly cared for by her husband and son.

She is survived by husband Earl E. Miller, son Earl E. Miller Jr., daughters Mary Smith and Robin Gregory, sons-in-law Ken Smith and Michael Gregory, grandchildren Kyle Smith, Jared Smith, and Sierra Gregory; great grandchildren, Kyan, Keira and Maya; and siblings Bertha Figley, Elmer Beck and Ernest Beck. Her parents, Dora Mae and Lester Beck, her sister Alice Chandler, and her brother Robert Beck preceded her in death.

Her husband loves to share the glamorous photo of the dark-haired girl he married. He said he knew he was in trouble from the first moment he saw her and has remained devoted to her for sixty-two years. Her children and grandchildren remember the independent, hard-working woman who could swing a hammer, sew a wedding dress, and tend an enormous garden. On special occasions, she made "from scratch" German chocolate cake and chocolate meringue pies.

A 1949 graduate of Little Rock Central High, she retired from the Alexander Post Office where she served for 30 years as clerk and interim postmaster. She volunteered for Bryant School District and helped to restore the Bryant Farmstead. Running her table saw for endless hours, she prepared the recycled lumber that became the barn, fencing, floors, and walls of the 1897 structure.

She and Dad loved exploring the back roads of Arkansas. They loved trees and wildflowers, rocks and streams, the duck woods, the deer woods, or any wild and rural part of the state.

She wanted things clean, and she wanted things pretty. She refused to judge others and didn't care about impressing other people. She raised her children to think that they were as good as, but not better than, anybody. She lived by the mantra that hard work would make life better.

A copy of the Serenity Prayer hung in her kitchen near a hand-lettered quotation by Will Rodgers, which read, "Even if you are on the right track, you will be run over if you just sit there." Lillian's hands were lined and worn. She called them "working hands." To her family, they were beautiful.