Bonnie passed away peacefully in her home on October 13, 2015 at the age 92. She was born to Edna Ruth and Henry Blair Andrew of Napoleon, Ohio where she was one of eight children. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Carrie Theal (Miller), her husband, Eugene Miller, her brothers, Ward and Don and sisters, Opal and Vada.
Bonnie married Eugene Miller on June 2, 1941 and were married for 73 years before Eugene passed away earlier this year on January 12, 2015. They knew each other since Bonnie was a little girl and Gene would pull her around in his little red wagon. During high school, their romantic connection was initiated by Gene’s 1st brother, who offered to pay for their first date. The couple borrowed a 1939 Chevy and went to a movie. Soon after their marriage, Gene joined the Merchant Marines and spent a great deal of time away from Bonnie while Bonnie stayed with Gene’s sister. While Gene was away, Bonnie decided to go visit her mother in California and then moved to California without telling him which is something she was known for doing often. After serving in the military, Gene followed her out to Los Angeles where they raised their 2 children Doug and Carrie. Bonnie was a homemaker, enjoyed camping, loved the frequent family vacations to Mexico and even enjoyed riding her motorcycle with her girlfriends in San Fernando Valley. During the early years with her children, the “Miller” house was the hang out for the neighborhood kids where she would help the kids get dressed up to play cowboys and Indians among other fun events.
In 1980 Bonnie and her husband, Gene, purchased a beautiful ranchette in Oakdale, CA which was their pride and joy. While Gene was busy fixing up the place, Bonnie was busy planting and fixing up the inside of the house. Even up until a month ago, Bonnie enjoyed watching the hummingbirds on the porch, going to the local baseball games, concerts in the park and drinking her Coors Light … she was the best and stood by her loving son to the end!
Bonnie is survived by her son, Doug Miller of Oakdale and 2 grandchildren, Clayton and Morgan Miller of Escalon. She is also survived by her brother, Doug and her sisters, Marilynn and Dawn. A special thank you to the loving caregivers over the past year and also to the local community hospice for their special care over the last several weeks. Celebration of life will be held at the Cow Track Lounge in Oakdale on October 28th at 2 p.m.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
Oct. 21, 2015