Carolyn Elaine Miller passed away quietly with her husband Wayne at her side, at their home in The Dalles, Ore., on Aug. 14, 2018.
She was born on Jan. 25, 1955, in Silverton, Ore., to Betty and William Hamm. When she was a baby, her family moved to The Dalles, where she spent most of her childhood. As an adult, she spent 10 years in Alaska, where her two children; David and Sherrie, were born. When Sherrie was 2 years old, Carolyn and the two children moved back to The Dalles. She was here for a time, before she moved to Taho, Calif., with her father, until he passed away. She then returned to The Dalles where she spent the rest of her life.
Carolyn met Wayne (Jack) and as they say, “the rest was history.” The couple married in The Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Portland, Ore., on May 11, 1996. They lived in The Dalles for a while, then moved to Bend, Ore., for a year and then to California for six years. While in California, Carolyn and Wayne became custodians of her grandsons, Devin and Christian. They then moved back to The Dalles with the boys.
Christian eventually moved back to California to be with his father. They eventually adopted Devon. Sadly, Devin was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 12 years old. He went into a diabetic coma during the early morning hours and ultimately passed away. Although broken hearted, Wayne and Carolyn were eventually able to have him sealed in the Portland Temple for all eternity. The family is very happy that Carolyn and Devin have now been reunited. They will both wait for the day that Wayne joins them.
Carolyn was such a fighter. About 25 years ago, the doctors gave her “maybe 10 months” to live. They just didn’t know Carolyn. After she and Wayne were married, she came alive again. She had her ups and downs, of course, but with the love and support of Wayne, they enjoyed 22 years of marriage. The last few years were rough, but, after each set back, she overcame and hung in there. Even the last week of her life, which had two or three days of really scary episodes, she came out of it for two more “good days,” before she passed away.
Carolyn had many caregivers and each and every one of them fell “in love” with her. She was a remarkable woman who inspired all who knew her. She loved the Lord and was an avid reader before losing her sight. She couldn’t wait to read or listen to her scriptures. She loved to listen to the talks of general authorities at the general conference and listened to BYU every Sunday morning to hear them.
Her inspiration will continue to inspire us all. We will miss her deeply, but are happy that she is no longer in pain, is reunited with Devin and other family members who preceded her in death.
Carolyn is survived by husband Jack Wayne Miller; son David Hartley; daughter Sherrie Grotts; grandson Christian Chambers; brother–in– law Keith Miller and his wife Sherri; Aunt Frankie Hamm; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.
Goodbye Carolyn, we love you and can’t wait until we are all back together again.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 18, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in The Dalles, 1815 E. 15th Street The Dalles, Ore., 97058. A reception will follow.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Ore., 97058. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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