FT. MYERS, Fla. -- Berdean Loree Miller was born to Julia and Meryl Witfoth on March 8, 1927, near Friend, NE and died Jan. 21, 2018, in Ft Myers, Florida.
Berdean graduated from Ohiowa High School in 1944 and Lincoln School of Commerce in 1945.
She was united in marriage with Warren R. Miller on Nov. 15, 1946, in Lincoln. Berdean worked while Warren completed his medical school training. When Warren completed his surgical residency, they made their home in Columbus where they founded the Columbus Medical center.
Berdean was a lifelong member of the Federated Church, serving on numerous committees and boards.
She was an active PEO member, and an avid bridge player. Berdean’s commitment to volunteer service was extraordinary. She spent countless hours assisting the Columbus Family Y, and she was very instrumental in organizational and fund-raising efforts of the United Way of Columbus for many years. Berdean’s selection as Queen Isabella for the 1981 Columbus Day celebration was a fitting honor in recognition of her community service.
Berdean had many interests ranging from playing bridge to golf, volleyball, and bowling and simply spending time relaxing in the summer home at Wagner Lakes. Naturally, she was an avid Husker fan, but her children’s sporting and musical events were her priority. She was also an avid Columbus High booster.
In 1985, warmer weather beckoned and Berdean and Warren moved to Ft. Myers, where Warren’s brother Paul and his wife Heloise resided. This would become the scene of many happy memories as family gathered annually around the Christmas holiday.
Preceded in death by her beloved husband, she is survived by her son Daniel Miller, of Ft. Myers, daughter Holly Miller (Kevin Stout), of Denton, Texas, daughter Patty Miller-Ellsworth (Dan Ellsworth), of Spencer, Iowa, grandchildren Michael Stout (Sarah) of Krum, Texas, Kaitlyn Baker (Clint) of Allen, Texas, Taylor Kruger (Ryan) of Spencer, Iowa, Joey Ellsworth of Spencer, Iowa, and great-grandchildren, Cooper, Elijah, Harper, Quinn, Connor and Joshua.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. May 23 at Federated Church in Columbus.