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OBITUARY: Stuart Craig Miller

OBITUARY: Stuart Craig Miller

Mr. Stuart Craig Miller of Hendersonville, Tennessee, was called home by the Lord on Sunday, February 17, 2019.

Craig, as everyone knew him, was born in Kansas City Missouri on January 11, 1947 to the late Harry Stuart Miller and Edith Frakes Miller. Throughout his childhood Craig was very much into reading and music of all types. In high school Craig was on the wrestling team. He began his college education at the University of Missouri where he played the French horn in the marching band. He continued his education at George Washington University where Craig graduated with a Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration. Craig always enjoyed school and learning and continued taking classes throughout life that piqued his interest.

Following college Craig moved home to Missouri where he began his career as an Associate Administrator for Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City from 1970-1978. From there he moved to Flint, Michigan, where he was the Vice President at Saint Joseph Hospital from 1978-1987. Looking for warmer weather, Florida was the next move where Craig was a vice president at Mease Hospital in Clearwater from 1987-1999. Craig finished his career at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, California, working from 1999-2015. There he was a vice president who played a major role in building the new addition to the hospital. Craig had many interests and hobbies throughout life including; golfing, music (both the piano and guitar), photography, and bird watching. Craig was also an avid reader and amassed a large collection of books which he thoroughly enjoyed. His secret hobby throughout the later part of his life was playing video games on his computer which may surprise people who knew him. His favorite game was World of Warcraft which he not only played; he studied, read countless books and articles, and watched many videos online. Like everything in life, he took his games serious and was very cerebral in his playing. Where ever he was, Craig enjoyed being part of a group and helping the community. He was an Elk, and a Rotarian amongst other groups. But the one group that he was most proud of was being part of the church. Craig converted to Catholicism as an adult and truly lived the life of a Catholic man. He has been in the Knights of Columbus for quite some time. After retiring and moving to Tennessee, he became very active as a parishioner at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Hendersonville. He regularly attended Bible Study and made some wonderful friends through the church.

Survivors include his beloved wife Sally Hill Miller of Hendersonville, Tennessee, whom he had been married to for 44 years. Craig had two sons; John Miller of Hendersonville, Tennessee, and Matthew Miller of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Papa’s pride and joy was his granddaughter, Alexis Miller, who played a big part in his life as a singer when he played the piano or guitar, a model for his photography, and an audience for him to read to. Craig’s name will be continued on with the soon expected
birth of a grandson Stuart Matteo Miller. Craig also leaves behind uncles/aunts, cousins, brother/sister in laws and many nieces/nephews.

A Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life to follow will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. A graveside service will take place in the Spring in Kansas City, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request memorial contributions be made in Craig’s name to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation National Processing Center,
Attn: Honor and Memorial Gifts
P.O. Box 1245
Albert Lea, MN 56007

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