87-year old Dorothy Jennings Miller, of Canon City, Colorado, formerly of George, Iowa, passed away recently in Canon City. Memorial Services were held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at First Christian Church, in Canon City, with Holt Family Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers please make donations to The Gideon’s P.O. Box 1115, Canon City, CO 81215.
Dorothy was born in Hull, IA on November 8, 1928 to Dewey and Leone Jennings. She attended high school in her hometown, George, IA where she was a star basketball player. She started her music career singing in a small group and playing the piano and organ for her church. Dorothy graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in 1950 with a BA in Physical Education and teaching minors in History, English, Science and Music. She taught physical education, history and English at the junior and senior high level in Spirit Lake, IA, Waterloo, IA and Bear Creek in Jefferson County, CO.
She met her husband Joseph (Joe) W. Miller on a blind date in 1957 and the couple married in Louisville, CO, on March 30, 1958. Dorothy and Joe had two children, Alison Jennings Miller Presley born in 1959, and Joseph Jennings Miller, born in 1961.
Dorothy and Joe lived in Wheatridge, and Louisville, CO, where Dorothy helped to establish a recreational program for girls and later assisted in establishing a city recreational park. Dorothy and Joe moved to Cheyenne, WY in 1966 where she was active in XJWC, a woman’s club, which was involved in many civic activities. She taught exercise classes at the YMCA, and participated in the Cheyenne Symphony Chorus, Little Theater and Cheyenne Frontier Days. She worked part time with the school district tutoring special education students.
In 1975, the couple moved to Dallas, TX, following Joe’s career as a banker and later a manager for EDS. In Dallas, Dorothy worked for Dillard’s for nine years. Her many activities included singing in the Brookhaven Community Chorus, a group which performed throughout the Dallas area, and toured Europe twice. She said singing in those majestic cathedrals was a high point in her life.
Dorothy and Joe moved to Canon City in 2002 and are members of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Dorothy sang in the Pueblo Chorale and The Fremont Civic Chorus, as well as the churches she attended throughout her life. Dorothy’s many interests included traveling, skiing, hiking, fishing, canoeing, dancing, and camping.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Joseph Miller; son, Joseph Jennings Miller, daughter, Allison Jennings (Miller) Presley; son-in-law, MJ Presley, Texas; grandchildren, Stuart, Rachel, Nathan, Benjamin, Patrick, Aaron and Katherine Presley; great-grandchildren Abigail, Keith, Kaiden and Nathaniel Presley; and niece Ann Kelly, of Penrose, CO. She was preceded in death by her sister Marcy Kelly of Penrose, CO.