Community volunteer dies at age 80

Thursday, October 24, 2002

Longtime Rector community leader Theda Cleffie Miller died Wednesday, Oct. 16, at her home at age 80.

Mrs. Miller generously gave of her time as a volunteer at the Rector Community Center and was involved in activities of the Woman's Club of Rector for about 20 years. She was recognized in 1999 as the Woman's Club's Honored Lady of the Year, served several years as Woman's Club vice president and district home life chairman and was involved in the club's Tyson Reading Program and as a club volunteer for community Red Cross blood drives.

Mrs. Miller retired after a 22-year teaching career in sixth grade language arts and social studies at Piggott Middle School. She also taught earlier in Oklahoma and Mammoth Spring.

She was a dedicated member of the Fifth and Pine Church of Christ in Rector and was a member of the Clay County Retired Teachers Association and Arkansas State Teachers Association.

She and her husband, C. Ray, celebrated 56 years of marriage on July 20. Both were tireless supporters of area youth, attending almost all local athletic events, drama programs and numerous other activities.

A former Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, she was the recipient of the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award, the highest Boy Scout recognition bestowed on an adult.

Mrs. Miller was born May 21, 1922, in Ash Flat, the daughter of the late R.A. and Alma Ritchie Robins. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Bernice Baker.

She is survived by her husband, C. Ray; one son, Robin Miller of Searcy; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harvy and Amy Robins of Searcy and Noble and Vista Robins of San Jose, Calif., and three nephews, Barney Robins of Boise, Idaho, Bruce Robins of Laurel, Md., and Harold Ray Robins of Altus, Okla.

Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Fifth and Pine Church of Christ in Rector. Funeral services followed at 7 p.m. with C. Ray Miller, Robin Miller and Ken Roden officiating.

Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Wiles Cemetery in Ash Flat. Heath Funeral Home of Paragould was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Homes of Paragould or a charity of the donor's choice.

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