In Memoriam


Sister Diana Miller, formerly known as Mary Agatha Miller, died on April 14, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 98 years of age and in the 78th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Diana was born in Royal Oak, Michigan to William and Lucy (MacArthur) Miller. She graduated from St. Mary High School in Royal Oak and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She was also certified as a health assistant by Vo-Tech Center, and as a chaplain by Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Sister spent 58 years ministering in elementary education in Owosso, Adrian, Detroit, Ubly, Clawson, Belding, and Southgate, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Delano, Carmel, and Alameda, California. Sister was principal at St. Joseph School in Belding, Michigan for three years and at St. Mary School in Delano, California for two years. 

Sister Diana served as a tutor and teacher’s aide at Villa Serra in Salinas, California for nine years, and was driver/shopper for the Dominican Life Center in Adrian for one year. 

Sister Diana became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 1999. She is survived by a brother, Philip Miller of Clinton, Louisiana, and a sister, Jane Springer of Winter Park, Florida. 

Welcome of Sister Diana will be on Monday, April 17, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. 

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.


Vigil for Sister Diana:

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Funeral for Sister Diana:

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LEFT: Gathering in Gagetown, Michigan in January 1959 are, from left, Sisters Karen Marie (Marlene) Ptaszynski, Diana Miller, and Joan Annette Rudolph.


LEFT: Sister Diana with a fawn, June 1966. RIGHT: The Miller Siblings – back row, from left, Edward, Phil, and Blake, and front row, from left, Grace and Sister Diana, summer 1999


RIGHT: At the 1988 Chapter Assembly, from left: Sisters Catherine Riegel, Jovanna Stein, Diana Miller, Mary Jo Martinez, and Monica Kim;


LEFT: Gathered at a 1990 Chapter Assembly, from left, are Sisters Diana Miller, Joanne O’Connor, Richard Marie Riegel, and Cathryn Deutsch. RIGHT: Sister Diana tours a mine shaft, April 1967.


LEFT: Sister Diana’s parents, Lucy and William Miller. RIGHT: Sister Diana with a young student at St. Mary, Delano, California


Members of the 1988 Diamond (60-year) Jubilarian class are: seated, from left, Sisters Thomas Ellen McGowan and John Loretto Bowery; middle row, from left, Sisters Virginia Rose Heroux, Dorothy Hemmert, Frances Ellen Bowery, and Charles Christine Uhnavy; and back row, from left, Sisters Helen Duggan, Marie Bentz, Evangeline Davis, Julie Ann Burns, Virginia Hafey-Wells, and Diana Miller. Not pictured are Sisters Mary Creighton, Kathleen Donnelly, Sabina Jabour, Joanne O’Connor, and Mary Frances White.



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