Barbara Jean Miller (66) of Ste.Marie


Published on September 7 2013 8:13 am

Barbara Jean Dion (Rennier) Miller, 66, of Ste. Marie, Illinois passed away at 10:42 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2013 at home surrounded by her family.   

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 10 at St. Mary of
the Assumption Catholic Church in Ste. Marie with Father Al Kemme and Father Robert Spriggs celebrating mass.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ste. Marie. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, September 9 at the church. Arrangements are under the care of the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton. Memorials may be made to Linclonland Hospice. Online condolences may be left by clicking here.

Barb was born September 23, 1946 in Effingham, the daughter of Louis and Mary (Schafer). She married Larry Rennier May 25, 1968 and he preceded her in death July 25, 1984. Barb married Frank Miller June 19, 1991. Barb touched many hearts with her kind loving spirit. She enjoyed her work as a bank teller and school cook. Her love of people, especially children allowed her to be a daycare provider for several years. Barb enjoyed helping others and making others feel good as she shared her gift of massage and Reflexology. Her greatest joy was her family, her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed reading her Bible, cooking and gardening. Barb was a member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church.  

Barb is survived by her husband of 22 years, Frank Miller of Ste. Marie; mother, Mary Dion of Chesapeake, VA; mother-in-law, Lelia Rennier of Ste. Marie; nine children, Jeannie (husband Jarrett) Johnson, Newton; Mark (wife Michelle) Rennier, Newton; John (wife Jodi) Rennier, Willow Hill; Lori (husband Chris) Long, Dundas; David (wife Donna) Miller, Champaign; Michael (wife Linda) Miller, Moberly, MO; Aaron (wife Lisa) Miller, Iron Mountain, MI; Timothy Miller, Olney; Thomas Miller, Olney; grandchildren, Blake Johnson, Brooke Johnson, Lexy Long, Ethan Coleman, Dylan Long, Wade Newberry, Edythe Rennier, Lelia Rennier, Dalton Helmbacher, Elaina Lindemann, one expected to arrive February 2014, Veronica Miller, Lorianne Miller, Troy Hawes, Johanna Miller, Abigail Miller, Lydia Miller, Talitha Miller, Samuel Miller, Benaiah Miller, Harley Elder, Morgan Miller and Miranda Miller; siblings, Larry and Mitzi Dion of Newton, Linda and John Hackworth of Chesapeake, VA, Richard and Cindy Dion, Pacifica, CA, Patricia and Warren Meyers, Rincon, GA and Thomas Dion, Boise, ID,

Barb was preceded in death by her father, Louis Dion; husband, Larry Rennier, fathers-in-law, Ephrem “Papo” Rennier and Charles “Ick” Miller and mother-in-law Kate Miller.