Barbara Ann Miller, 65, of Branson, MO, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, in Springfield, MO after a battle with cancer and subsequent complications. Barb was born July 20, 1947, in Springfied, Illinois to James "Jim" and Ann "Babe" (Verluca) Miller.
Barb graduated from Springfield High School in Springfield, IL, and pursued a career as a beautician. Barb always loved theater, music and entertainment, and loved to vacation and take in many of the shows in Branson. So, around 1996 Barb decided to move to Branson to be closer to those things she enjoyed so much. Family was also important to Barb and she was able to stay close to part of her family in Springfield, MO. Barb was a loving, kind, and generous person who truly looked at the best side of people and was compassionate about others' problems. Finally, Barb had a special love for her dog, Sammy, which she didn't get until late in life, after a battle with cancer that she won in 2006, and he was a great companion for her. And she loved and worried about him, just as she loved and worried about her family until the end.
She was preceded in death by her mother, father, grandparents, and various aunts and cousins.
She is survived by her two sisters, Margaret Coy of Springfield, MO, and Leslie Stuba of Neward, IL; brothers-in-law, Ted and Bill, respectively; nephew, Brad Coy and his wife Melissa; niece, Megan Coy Li and her husband XiangXu; niece, Rachel Lutz and her husband Dave; and niece, Emily Richards and her husband Travis.
Visitation will be from 10-11 A.M., Saturday, March 2, 2013, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Springfield with a funeral mass following at 11:00 A.M. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, Springfield.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or your local Cancer Center of preference or the Humane Society.