Maria Elaina Miller was born June 30, 1950 in Toledo, Ohio, and was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Ethel May Schooner.
At the young age of 3, strength and courage had already been ingrained within her soul. She had been diagnosed with the Polio Virus just one year before the vaccine was made available. Maria endured and then overcame every obstacle this illness placed in front of her, even those as great as the “Iron Lung.” Despite everything that she faced, she was still a very happy and eager child.
Her early adulthood was filled with travel, adventure, and the enrichment of motherhood. In 1985, she became recognized as an ordained minister by the Boatright Evangelistic Assn. A few years later, she was introduced to the beauty of the Kern River Valley by her eldest son. She instantly fell in love and soon after made it her home. It was in this loving community that she was able to fulfill her dreams of being closer to nature. She worked for many years with companies devoted to outdoor recreation and built life-long friendships. Those who were close to her knew how passionate she was towards her relationship with God, music, fine arts, and her Native American heritage. Maria was a fun-loving, kind-hearted woman who carried many titles throughout her years. The miracle of being called “Mom” by her children was always the most rewarding in her eyes.
She is survived by her 6 children; Miklos S. Dyke, Louis E. Carde, Elizabeth M. Carde-Leipnik, Donnelle E. Morris, Stephanie L. Coodey, and Jacqueline M. Taylor; her daughter-in-Christ Virginia Major and family; and her 12 grandchildren.
As much as we will miss you, and as hard as it is to see you go, our hearts are comforted in knowing that you are with your Father in Heaven and are no longer in pain.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held September 29, 2012 at 2:00pm at the New Life Assembly of God in Wofford Heights, Ca. For more information, or in lieu of flowers/donations, please contact Stephanie Coodey at: MariaMillerMemorial@yahoo.com