The Edmond Sun

January 20, 2014

Mary Lee Miller


EDMOND —     Mary Lee Miller left this earth peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, January 16, 2014, surrounded by the love of her family.

    Mary was born May 23, 1928 in Pawhuska, Okla. She lived a full life and was always there for her family as a devoted wife and a loving mother, sister, aunt, great aunt and great-great aunt.

    She was a strong willed woman, determined to do everything she could to help and support the people she loved.

    Mary worked as a hospital dietitian in Tulsa and assistant cook for Edmond Public Schools. She was manager and bookkeeper for the truck company she owned with her first husband, Ray Pallard. She was one of the very first professional American women truck drivers and a better driver altogether than many of her male counterparts.

    People who knew her remember how passionately Mary loved nature and animals. She regularly took her dog Sadie for walks at Lake Arcadia and on doggy social outings at the Edmond Dog Park, where Mary met many of her latest friends. There is no denying that she had the greatest sense of humor! She was very proud of her tomato plants, loved her crossword puzzles, and enjoyed watching Christian TV programs.

    She was preceded in death by her parents Anastasio and Myrtle Bays, as well as her only child, Donald Pallard, and second husband, Lamon Miller.

    Mary is survived by her sister, Lois Henderson and her husband, Ed; her nieces, Rebecca Nichols and Donna Leister and husband Kevin; nephew Robert Lewis; great niece, Erica Lang and her husband, Michael Emery; a good number of great-great nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Sadie.

    Mary’s family and friends thank the Lord for making her last days peaceful and filled with love. She will always be in their hearts.

    Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 24, at Baggerley Funeral Home, Edmond. A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, January 25, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Edmond.