Margaret (Margy) Miller
Our beloved Margy passed away on June 22, 2017, as a result of pancreatic cancer.
A native of Redlands, California, Margaret Miller was born to Mary and Joe Rezendes on November 3, 1936.
She grew up in a Portuguese Catholic family in Redlands and spent much of her youth riding and training horses and competing in horse shows. At Redlands High School she was a life member of the California Scholarship Federation and a varsity cheerleader. While in high school, a close friend nicknamed her “Margy.”
Margy was awarded the Mabel Woodbury Scholarship to the University of Redlands, where she was a member of Alpha Theta Phi, serving as its president in her senior year. After graduation in 1958, Margy began her teaching career in Riverside with RUSD at Pachappa Elementary and later, as part of Title I under RUSD at St. Francis de Sales Elementary.
In 1963, she met the love of her life, Ron, also a teacher in RUSD, and they married in June 1965. They were thrilled to welcome their only child, Christopher, in August 1972. Chris has spent many years abroad working in international development, including in Sarajevo with the World Bank; he now works with the Royal Family of Jaipur in India.
Margy and Ron spent every summer at their second home near Redstone in Colorado’s Crystal River Valley, enjoying being with Ron’s extended family and many friends. In both Riverside and Redstone she enjoyed walking and playing card games like Bridge and Quiddler with her friends. She loved all sports and enjoyed playing tennis and soccer through the years. Margy wants everyone to know that she was always an avid Denver Broncos fan!
She will be long remembered for her smile, wit, warmth, courage, and her loving and generous spirit
Margy is survived by Ron, her husband of 51 years; son Christopher; sisters Helen Rezendes, (Santa Clara) and Dorothy Johnson (Santa Cruz); brothers-in-law Stan Miller (Linda) and Gary Miller (Lori) of Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation in Margy’s memory, please consider Riverside Young Life, Box 547, Riverside, CA 92502; or St. Benedict’s Monastery, 1012 Monastery Road, Snowmass, CO 81654.
A Celebration of Life will be held on her birthday, November 3, 2017, 10:00 am at St. Andrew’s Newman Center, 105 West Big Springs Road, Riverside 92507, Father Nathan Castle, O.P., officiating.
Private interment will be held at Riverside National Cemetery.
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