Mary Alice Nelson Miller, 84 of McAlester, OK, passed away February 5, 2014, in her home.
Visitation will take place Sunday, Feb. 9, between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 pm at Bishop Funeral Services Chapel, located at 110 South 3rd, McAlester.
The Funeral Service will be held at 1st Baptist Church, McAlester, on Monday, Feb. 10 at 10:00 a.m. with Dr. Tim Russell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Bishop Funeral Services are entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Mary was born in southern Pittsburg County to Levi and Alta (Robinson) Nelson on November 27, 1929. She attended school at Mecco in her early years, and graduated from Crowder High School in 1947, as Valedictorian of her senior class, and a star basketball player. She married J.M Miller, Jr. in 1949 in Alma, Arkansas. Both returned to the work the following Monday. Mary was employed by Montgomery Ward of McAlester for several years. She and husband Jim, with partner Melvin Rock, founded Miller Rock Glass and Radiator Co., later to become Miller Glass Co. Mary acted as the Business/Office Manager for this company, and held that position until she retired. If not the first, then certainly among the first of females in Pittsburg County, Mary became a Real Estate Broker. Mary was involved in the Eastern Star Organization but most of her time and dedication was given to the First Baptist Church of McAlester. A loving Christian woman who loved and cared for the babies in the nursery for many generations. She spent evenings and weekends on the family ranch working cattle, burning brush and directing crews for hauling hay. Although daily business consumed much time, she never missed the sports and activities of her children, grandchildren and then later her great grandson.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Levi and Alta Nelson. Also preceding her were her father and mother-in-law, J.M. Miller Sr. and Mabel Luttrell Miller, and brother-in-law O’Dell (Sy) Miller and sister-in-law Fern Miller Ragan.
Mary is survived by her husband of 64 years J.M. Miller, Jr., of the home; son Terry Don Miller and wife Sue Miller; daughter Debbie Miller Watkins; and daughter Karla Miller Brock and husband Steve Brock all of McAlester. She has one sister Helen Nelson Burns, who also lives in McAlester. Grandchildren include, Evan Miller and wife Pam, Neeley Miller, J.P. Miller, Chessie Miller; Colin Watkins and wife Amy, Michael Watkins and wife Mikah; Blair Brock Green and husband Cameron and Lane Brock. Great grandchildren include Ellie Miller, Kaitlyn Watkins, Taryn Watkins, Creed Watkins, Mattisyn Watkins, Evyn Watkins, Beckett Watkins and Marley Watkins; and great great grandson Bain Watkins. Mary also is blessed to have two brothers-in-law Noble Miller and wife Delores, Bob Miller and wife Peggy, and many nieces and nephews.
The grandchildren of Mary will be the Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers include J.A. Allford, Tony Drizness, Norman Farmer, John Freeman, Vestal Hazelwood, Bob Jackson, Roger Key, Mike McGowan, and Harmon Stokes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of McAlester, 801 E. Wyandotte, McAlester, OK, 74501, or to Hope House, 1210 E. Cherokee, McAlester, OK, 74501 or to the charity of your choice. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the wonderful caregivers who gave of their time and love to Mary and the Miller family.