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Brenda Jane Miller

November 23, 1952 April 6, 2020
Brenda Jane Miller
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Obituary for Brenda Jane Miller

Brenda Jane Miller (nee Whitson) November 23, 1952 - April 6, 2020

Dear daughter of the late Robert & the late Sylvia Whitson; cherished wife of Don Miller for forty-eight years; mother of Michelle (Dan) Adams and Tracey (Nick) Chynoweth; grandmother of Corbin, Connor, Logan and Kira; sister of the late Richard (Cheri) Whitson, Patti Briggs, Gerry Whitson, Diann (Brad) Snow, Robert (Debbie) Whitson. Also survived by a multitude of loving nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law, and a host of extended family and friends, all of whom are heartbroken with her loss.  

Brenda was a lifelong resident of the beautiful lakes area in and near Commerce, Michigan. A graduate of Walled Lake High School in 1971, she had met Don Miller at a Little Caesars pizza shop in Walled Lake. Don was smitten and after ardently pursuing her for a year she agreed to go out with him. He won her heart and they were married on June 9, 1972. The young couple celebrated the birth of Michelle just before their second anniversary and welcomed Tracey two years later. Like the Whitson’s, Don’s family was also large, and Don & Brenda fit right in with their two beautiful daughters. Holidays with their loved ones were always festive and loud and Brenda thrived amid it all. She loved to decorate for each holiday, make way too much food and made sure each child had a gift to open. Aunt Brenda's camper at the family reunions was just one more example of her special ways. She could always be counted on for snacks, treats, air conditioning, extra flashlights, and little surprises. Her sense of family and generous nature also nurtured a fierce loyalty to those she loved. Guests were treated special just once in her home, after that you were family. She balanced all of this- family, motherhood, marriage, and friends- by staying active outside her home, too. She enjoyed working, first as a bank teller then at her two favorite jobs- Frank’s Nursery & Crafts and later at Don’s auto shop in White Lake. Brenda was Don's biggest fan at the racetrack and had grown her fan club in their racing family. Brenda was also a fan of The Voice, American Idol, and Survivor and jumped at the chance to go to the casino. More than the roar of the track or the lights of the casino, her four grandchildren lit up her world. Brenda spoiled them as grandmas should; but more than that, she was part of their everyday lives. Every milestone, each birthday and achievement found her by their side, and she was with them for the fun summer nights, the wintery games and endless little moments- each of which she treasured.

Brenda had a knack for seeing the heart of things and could always be counted on to shoot straight, call you on your bullsh*t, love you through the hardest of times and all the while making the best darn Christmas cookies we'd ever had. She was strong-willed, to put it mildly, but her strength came from her own experiences and the rich and full life she led.  She could always be found in the center of a good party and her antics with Don and their family is the stuff of many a campfire story. Don was the great love of her life and the life they shared, the family they built was her greatest achievement. Brenda was as full of love as she was of sass and we wouldn't have wanted it any other way. 

Her final resting place will be Commerce Memorial Cemetery. A celebration of life will be scheduled for later this summer.


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