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Helen M. (Tootie) Miller

Helen M. ("Tootie") Miller, 73, of Ash Fork, Ariz. passed away on June 30, 2013. Helen was born in 1940 in Bridgeport, Conn. She is the daughter of the late Helen and Steven Miko, and she went to be with Jesus in Chesterfield, Va. at her son Jeffrey Miller's home surrounded by her loving family.

The former wife of the late Robert A. Miller, Helen is survived by her daughter Lynn Grabey; sons Jeffery and Adam Miller and wife and daughter-in-law Lori Roback Miller, and son Eric Miller; grandchildren Robert, Erika, Brandon, Corey and Travis; sister Irene Galya and brother-in-law Dick Galya, many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

She lived a full life raising her four children, maintaining a career with Bridgeport circuit and probate courts, Cohen & Wolf PC, as a volunteer teacher of CCD at St. Raphael's, and volunteer crisis hotline counselor. After moving to Tempe, Arizona in 1983 she finished her bachelors and masters degrees at Univerity of Phoenix while working at Salt River Project.

Later, she worked for State Senator Cirilo of Arizona before retiring in 2000 and relocating to the high desert of Ash Fork. Her energy and care of others was evident in her active service at St. Annes Catholic Church and the Ash Fork Historical Society and Museum.

Her biggest joys in life were her children, grandchildren and her relationship with and love of Jesus. Helen's remains will be cremated and buried in consecrated ground in her beloved town of Ash Fork.

Helen is also survived by many lifelong friends both in Bridgeport and Arizona; Fayrene and Lewis Hume, Marylou and Bill Varnum, Mickey Kollar, Julie and Dan Grosner, Rosie and Steve Leshenski, Joseph and Bonny Melita, Marie Brown, Carol and Ken Carver, Juanita Applegate, Dee Taerne and many more. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be sent directly to the Historical Society of Ash Fork, PO Box 1234, Ash Fork, AZ 86320-1234 or the Sisters of St. Benedict, Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, 8502 W Pinchot Ave. Phoenix, AZ, 85037. God Bless you all.

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