SPRING VALLEY — Maria Elana “Renie” (Keen) Miller, 78, of Spring Valley died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Renie was born July 5, 1941, in LaSalle to Clara Ozella Doty and Nelson Keen, and graduated from Hopkins High School in Granville. She married Glenn William Miller on Aug. 3, 1962, and they raised five children, sons Fred (Christine) Miller of Madison, Ted Miller of Mark, stepson Bob (Lisa) Miller of Peru, and daughters Jana (Larry) Morales of Miami and Beth (Steve) Brewbaker of McHenry. She had eight grandchildren, Carla Lund, Dana Brewbaker, Leah Brewbaker, Steve Miller, Marc Miller, Ben Miller, Jack Miller and Amelie Morales, and four great-grandchildren, Yarrow and Banyon Miller, and Jaxton and Dallan Lund.
Renie loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, arts and crafts, ceramics, sewing, baking, cooking and her flower garden. She was a devoted member and taught Sunday school at Abundant Life Fellowship in LaSalle. She was a Girl Scout leader and coached girls’ softball in Spring Valley and worked for St. Margaret’s Hospital, the Red Cross and Illinois Cement.
She had firm opinions and strong faith, and never hesitated to not only share her beliefs, but put them into action. The right to life was one of those issues. As part of a small group of likeminded women, she established and operated a center called Abortion Alternatives, where they provided many resources for women in crisis and families in need in the LaSalle/Peru area.
She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a sister, Janet Pecchio, and a brother, Bob Keen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Doris Russ and Nora Sue Martin; and a brother, Jim Keen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel, 208 S. McCoy St. in Granville. Additional visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, with funeral services at 11 a.m. with Pastor Edmond Curry officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Granville.
Pallbearers will be Steve Brewbaker, Larry Morales, Andy Lund, Alex Urbanski, Jack Kusek and Charlie Russ.
Memorial contributions may be made in Maria Miller’s name to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospital Hospice Home.
Online condolences can be made to her family at www.dcfunerals.com.