Anne Patience "Pat" Miller
Anne Patience (Pat) Miller, 81, wife, mother, and dear friend of many, passed away at her home on May 31st, 2018.
Born outside Philadelphia, Pat grew up riding her horse on the beaches of New Jersey, and later moved to the Orlando, Florida area. There, she met and married Air Force man, Samuel Adams. They had two sons and a daughter. She had a passion for teaching, and she loved to swim, so began instructing children at the base pool, later finding her niche as a special education instructor. With her family, she migrated to Littleton, Colorado in late 1969. She loved the peace of the mountains; at last she’d found the home she’d always dreamed of – she would never hear of living anywhere else again.
She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Loretto Heights College in the late 70s, and took special pride in “her” Special Olympians, with whom she traveled to a number of Olympic events. There was never a more dedicated teacher/coach, and she will be fondly remembered by many grateful children and parents.
She remarried in 1979, to Norris S. Miller, and together they trekked the world, seeing many of the special sites of the USA, Africa, China, Japan, Fiji, Greece, Turkey, Australia, and (most-loved of all,) New Zealand. They traveled to Mexico multiple times with their church group, to assist in the building of schools, and also volunteered nearer to home with Habitat for Humanity. Pat and her husband genuinely lived their Christian faith, and opened their home to many foreign-exchange students – from Japan, Africa, Argentina, and Lebanon - a number of whom continue to write and visit, still sharing their lives, 40 years later, with their host family.
Pat and Norris called Salida, Colorado home for 18 years, where they developed deep and lasting friendships with many special friends, who shared the love of cross country skiing and square dancing. Pat was an active member of the Salida Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school, helped with community dinners, participated in mission outreach and served the needs of people from all walks of life.
Pat is survived by her husband and best friend, Norris Miller of Englewood; her son Mark Adams, of Putney, VT; her daughter Kim Logsdon, of Fostoria, OH; her step-daughters, Deborah Wolfe of Parker, Angela Page, and Laura Johnson of Dillon, six grandchildren , and three great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Pat’s life will be held on June 25th at 1:00 pm at the St Andrew Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to United Methodist Committee on Relief or Habitat for Humanity.
Our family asks that you spend time with your children, walk on the beach with your best friend, hike a mountain with the love of your life, and raise a toast to enduring friendships – lifelong and beyond. That is what Pat would wish for all of you.