Eileen M. Miller

  • Born: December 22, 1923
  • Died: September 26, 2017
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

505 1st Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

Eileen M. Miller, 93, of Sterling, died on Tuesday afternoon, September 26, 2017 at Resthave Home in Morrison.

She was born on December 22, 1923 in Avon, Illinois to Earl J. and Lavina (Cooper) Utsinger. She married O. Laymond Miller on February 28, 1941. He preceded her in death on January 29, 1997.

Eileen was a 1940 graduate of Avon High School. She enjoyed playing bridge, golf and bowling. She was most known among family for her baking and cooking especially her homemade beef and noodles and her pies. Eileen loved to travel with her husband and always made sure things were tidy and neat in her home.

Surviving are two daughters, Judy (Jim) Blair and Jane (Greg) Hayen both of Chadwick; two sons, Jim (Linda) Miller of Thomson and Jerry (Peggy) Miller of Springfield; ten grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, four brothers and a grandson.

Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 AM on Saturday, October 7th at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 1st Avenue in Sterling. The funeral will follow at 10:30 AM at the funeral home with Reverend Mark Godfrey, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

Pallbearers will be Scott Blair, Dan Miller, Jeff Miller, Ben Miller, Chris Morgan, Guy Morgan and Jack Collins. Honorary pallbearers will be Sandee Fackler, Cathy Dane, Jennifer Morgan, Jodi Shanle and Melissa Collins.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm sorry I couldn't make the services today. Thinking of you all.

Posted by Amy Bradshaw - Family   October 07, 2017

Aunt Eileen was such a big part of my childhood growing up across the street on 5th avenue. No matter how often I banged on the back door she always was there with a big smile and a hearty laugh. "I suppose you would like a cookie or something honey?" And then invite me in and ask how everything was. When our children were out at Halloween we always made sure to drop by and she would insist on having us stay until she had heard of everything going on with the kids as she pointedly asked each one . Always selfless and welcoming she will be sorely missed but always loved and never forgotten.

Posted by John Hubbard - Sterling, IL - Family   October 07, 2017


We are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Robin & Paul Smith - Watertown, TN - Family   October 06, 2017


MOM : Life is not always fair
but Mom you were always there
you nurtured us when we were small
so we could be ready for it all
Throughout all the years
It was you who helped dry up all the tears
No matter our problems or reasons
You were there no matter the season
The years flew by and a lot of time has past
but all the wonderful memories will last
I Love you " MOM "

Posted by Jerry Miller - Springfield, IL - Son   October 04, 2017


I Couldn't, have asked for a greater mother-n-law. Eileen always welcomed me with open arms. I will deeply miss her.

Posted by Peggy Miller - Springfield, IL - Family   October 04, 2017


Eileen will be missed by all at Resthave.

Posted by Resthave Home    October 02, 2017


Jane, so sorry hear about your Mom!

Posted by Lynda Endress - Morrison - Classmate   September 29, 2017

For the family of Eileen.... I know your mom from Resthave. My mother has lived there also since January, 2016. When I visit every 2 months and stay there with Mom... I saw Eileen in the dining room; our tables were diagonal from each others. Your Mom's room was just across from my mom's, Alice Stiles. I enjoyed talking with her occasionally; often I would tie her clothing protector for her and chat a moment or so. I was just so sorry to learn of her passing from Mom- came unexpectedly to me .... and i'll miss seeing her when i go there again in October. My prayers are with her, and all of you.

Posted by Debbie Medlar - Chagrin Falls, OH - Acquaintance   September 28, 2017

Praying for everyone and the loss of a wonderful woman.

Posted by Shannon Romero - Woodstock, IL - Family Friend   September 28, 2017


We are so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a great lady who always had a smile on her face and was very welcoming to everyone! She will be missed and we're thinking of you all. Fondly, Bob and Karen Sweikar

Posted by Bob and Karen Sweikar - Savoy, IL - Acquaintance   September 27, 2017