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3rd Baby Dies
Yes, I Mary Catherine Demaree Miller was the 3rd baby born in the new Witham hospital at the corner of N. Lebanon St and Camp street. Dorothy Watt Pugh was 1st on June 11 Betty Armstrong Click the 2nd June 19 and me on June 30, 1917. If my memory serves me right our 4 children were born in same room. While growing up in Lebanon I attended Central school and became a Girl Scout in the first troop led by Captain Sterling. My parents moved to the farm in 1931 adjoining what used to be Ward where there was a church post office grocery store and home. The one room school house was across the road and sometime the teacher would stay at my grandparents home and walk across field to the school.
I grew up in Leb until I was a freshman in hi school. Because I wanted to b e a nurse and Advance did not have chemistry classes I went to Lebanon my senior yr. I graduated from Methodist Hospital in 1939 and did private duty before going to Bluffton to work in the Kayler-Nickel Hosp even before the 2nd floor was finished.
I came back to Boone County and took the first refresher course he hospital had. I then worked as a relief nurse on medical floor on 3-11 shift. When the West addition was built I worked the evening shift with out what we now call Ward Clerks, and many a nite I didn't get home till 2 and 3 am. In 1980 I took six wk leave of absence and after 2 wks made it permanent retirement.
Several yrs late I joined the volunteers to help out I was privileged to move last pt out to the new hospital several blocks N- I was honored to be part of the dedication and even got to help cut the ribbon.
In 1941 I married Robert E V. Miller who was a trustee for a few terms as well as a member of the alcohol board. We raised 4 children Larry now living in Ind., Sharon Duckworth of N.Y. Mitzi Marlett of Wisconsin and Mary Margaret Stevenson of Fishers.
Because I loved nursing and helping people during their illness I have donated my body to science in hopes it will help more young people in their learning to be a good doctor
A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, October 9, 2:30PM at the Centenary United Methodist Church, Lebanon, IN.
In lieu of flowers : memorial donations may be made to the Boone County Cancer Society.
Published on October 4, 2016
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