Elaine “Lanie” Miller, 94, passed away on Wednesday evening, April 12, at Sage Bluff nursing home in Fort Wayne, Ind. She was the wife of C. Ray Miller, who served 20 years as a United Brethren bishop, 1973-1993.
Elaine was born in 1928 in Waynesboro, Pa. She graduated from high school in 1946, and that year she and Ray were married. They moved on Huntington, Ind., in 1947 to attend Huntington College. During that time, Ray was pastor of the Grayston Avenue UB Church in Huntington.
In 1954 they moved back to Pennsylvania and served several pastorates, including 14 years at the Prince Street UB Church in Shippensburg, Pa. In 1973, Ray was elected a bishop in the United Brethren Church and they moved back to Huntington. They later moved to Fort Wayne, where they lived until her passing.
Elaine enjoyed reading and watching sports. She was a homemaker and it was often said that “you hardly ever see Lanie without Ray.” They were partners in life and ministry. She was a member of the Emmanuel Community Church in Fort Wayne.
Elaine is survived by her husband, C. Ray; a son, Dennis (Karin) Miller of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Pamela (Patrick) Jones of Lancaster, N.Y.; four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held in the coming week, with internment at the Covington Gardens in Fort Wayne.
Memorial donations may be given to UB Global or to Huntington University.
Correspondence for C. Ray Miller can be sent to him in care of Emmanuel Community church:
C. Ray Miller
Emmanuel Community Church
12222 US Highway 24 W
Fort Wayne, IN 46814-7472