Joann Elmer Miller
Joann Elmer Miller, 89, danced off to eternity with her beloved "Grumps" on September 17, 2019 in Panguitch, Utah. She was born on May 26, 1930 in Payson, Utah, to Arthur Leland and Elizabeth Simons Elmer. She attended elementary school in Antimony until her family moved to Panguitch. Joann was a member of the last class to graduate from Garfield High School in Panguitch. During her senior sluff, Joann married the love of her life, Allen ‘Grumps’ Miller, on March 18, 1948 in the Mesa Arizona Temple. He preceded her in death January 14, 2014.
Joann and Grumps spent every minute of their life together. They worked together their entire adult life at what started out to be her father’s store A.L. Elmer & Son, later known as H&R Builders. Joann and Grumps loved to square dance. Joined by many friends, they went to jamborees all over the western United States dancing their hearts out. Joann had a great love for her community. She walked countless miles, early in the morning, picking up trash to make Panguitch a beautiful place for all to see. She loved the kids at the schools and never missed a program at the elementary or a play at the high school. Joann, along with Allen, were season ticket holders for the Panguitch High Bobcats sports teams for more years than we can count. She never missed an opportunity to clip something out of the newspaper or church program about someone she knew, later taking it to them so they would have a copy to treasure.
Joann loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ and lived it her entire life. Being kind and generous was a trait that she taught her family, and those around her, very well. She taught us how to work hard and be honest in all that we did. She instilled in us the love of our Savior Jesus Christ and helped us build our own testimonies of the Gospel. She loved to go to the temple, especially with her family. One of the happiest days of Joann’s life was when her youngest son was married and all six of her children were in the temple together. She loved that her family could be together forever. Joann loved all of her grandchildren and supported them as much as she could, never missing a birthday, anniversary or important date, always sending them a card with a little money inside. She loved to send letters and receive them as well. Every week, without fail, Joann wrote each family missionary a letter and sent them a copy of the local newspaper so they would know what was going on back home. Her love for her family was her greatest joy.
Joann is survived by her six loving children: Wayne (Colleen) Miller, Panguitch; Liz Barney, Washington; Alleen (Kim) Sherwood, Kanab; Arthur (Sheri) Miller, Panguitch; Melanie (Ren) Holman, Washington; Robert (LyNese) Miller, Panguitch; 25 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Also proceeded in death by her parents; brother and sister-in-law, Jerald & Margaret Elmer; son-in-law, Bruce Barney; great-grandchildren: Riley Scott and Charlee Noteman.
Funeral services will be held Monday, September 23, 2019 at 12:00 Noon in the Panguitch Stake Center, 550 South 100 West, where friends may call Sunday evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and Monday morning from 10:00-11:30 a.m. prior to services. Burial will be in the Panguitch Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com
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