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Lubbock, TX  79401
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Quaker Avenue Church of Christ
1701 Quaker Ave
Lubbock, TX  79416
Monday, October 11, 2021
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Floydada Cemetery
Floydada, TX  79235

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Gertrude Miller

of Lubbock, TX

November 4, 1944 - October 6, 2021


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Gertrude Wolff Miller was born to Albert Frederich Wolff and Velma on November 4, 1944, in Odessa, Texas. She married Lon Miller on June 1, 1967, in Ford Chapel in Lubbock, Texas where she lived until Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 29 days prior to her 77th birthday. If her life could be said in one word, it would be “service”. Dedication to her Christian values, her family, her vocation, and to any person or group with whom she became involved, were paramount in each waking moment. Even as a strong, responsible leader, staunch in her beliefs and values, she was gently understanding and totally compassionate. Service above self was her hearts most basic value.

Gertrude attended Odessa Public Schools for ten years graduating from Odessa High School at the tender age of sixteen. She exhibited exceptional academic ability skipping two grades along the way. Her musical talent blossomed as a violinist in orchestra and with a beautiful soprano voice in choir. Attending Odessa Jr. College for two years, she continued her academic excellence and musical growth as a violinist in the college orchestra and in the college choir. Mrs. Chapman, as her choir director and voice teacher, suggested that she might want to pursue a professional singing career. Enrolling at Texas Technological College, she majored in elementary education as her mother did in 1931, and minored in music, playing violin in the Tech Orchestra. She received a master’s degree in counseling in 1971 and earned man credit hours in her field, post-graduation.

Gertrude began her professional career as an educator for Lubbock Independent School Districts as a fourth-grade teacher at Parsons Elementary where she also directed music for all the fourth grade. Some years later she transferred to North Avenue U Elementary which was soon rebuilt as a new “open concept” school. At the newly named “George Mahon Elementary” Dedication, she directed the school choir and reminisced with U.S. Congressman Mahon about the private tour he had given her and Lon through the U.S. House of Representatives while in session debating the Civil Rights Act in 1968. Soon after, as a licensed professional counselor for Lubbock ISD, she served numerous schools in the district. As she learned more and more about the difficulties of students as a diagnostician, she served as Programs and Special Education Coordinator for the Western Quadrant of LISD. After 32 years, she retired from LISD. Not to sit idle, she became a student teacher supervisor for the Texas Tech University College of Education for several years.

Gertrude’s service to the community was extensive. When asked about her many awards and honors, in her humility, she stated that she received many more than she deserved, and that anyone with a bit of leadership ability could be a good president if they were simply willing to do the work.

Awards and Honors:
*Family Promise Founders Service Award
*Lubbock Woman of the Year Altrusa International
*Texas Tech University College of Education Distinguished Alumna Award
*Gold Medalist Award from Women in Communication
*Award of Dedication to Children by Lubbock Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association

Board Services:
*Lubbock Children’s Home Foundation
*Contact Lubbock
*Texas Tech University College of Educational Counseling
*Lubbock Women’s Club President
*Lubbock/South Plains Retired Teachers Association President
*Midway Park Homeowner’s Association President
*PEO Chapter President
*Texas Boy’s Ranch Foundation
*South Plains Food bank F.O.G. Division Advisory Committee Chair

Membership/Leadership of Organizations, Programs, Clubs:
*Lubbock Music Club Treasurer
*Delta Kappa Gamma President
*Lubbock Study Club President
*Autism Society of America Lubbock Chapter Founder
*Executive Forum
*Sweet Adelines-Prairie Winds Chapter Choir Director
*Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
*In-home Sponsorships of Rotary Foundation Foreign Exchange Students from Belgium, Hungary, and Russia
*Interfaith Hospitality Network
*University, Nineteenth, Indiana, Thirty-fourth (U.N.I.T.) Neighborhood Association Holiday Home-Tour Committee for Homeowner Interviews and Description Write-ups
*Three Endowed Student Scholarships to the Texas Tech Foundation
*Lydia’s Daisies Founder and Leader

Gertrude was an aficionado of virtually any of the Arts, not only as an appreciator but as a talented performer. She was an accomplished seamstress, potter, poet, violinist, and singer, singing solo (often Acapella) for dozens of weddings and funerals. Her favorite art form was music. She loved all kinds: opera, choral, pop, barbershop, country, and gospel, but her favorite was orchestral. The genres of baroque, classical, impressionism delighted her immensely. She loved travel. Viewing the wonders of the world, both natural and man-made, confirmed her faith in Creation. She and Lon visited the 50 U.S. states and toured over 40 countries on the six populated continents during their 54 years together. Her favorite international destination was Florence where she, more than once, absorbed and relished the Renaissance sculpture but her most favorite place to be was home and church.

Gertrude’s heart and soul were rooted in her deep faith in Christianity, her Heavenly Father, her Lord Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. For the past almost 60 years, she has been a devoted member of the congregation that now meets at Quaker Avenue Church of Christ. She has laid up her treasures in Heaven, not just by faith, but by her service to her Christian brothers and sisters, to those who are heavily laden, and to countless souls in need of spiritual and physical sustenance. Faith without works is dead. Her works for God’s children are written in God’s Book of Life. Enter into the Kingdom of Heaven my good and faithful servant to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Gertrude Patricia Wolff Miller was pre-deceased by her paternal grandparents, Albert Wolff and Marie Elizabeth (Rust) Wolff of Burleson and Lee Counties; maternal grandparents, Thomas Jefferson Latham and Lula Mae (Brady) Latham of Throckmorton County; parents, Albert Frederich Wolff and Velma Ida (Latham) Wolff of Odessa, Texas; brother-in-law, Virgil Farr; nephew, Kent Farr; and bonus daughter, Tabitha Witten Ramsey; eight uncles; and six aunts. She is survived by her husband, Lon Miller of Lubbock; sister, Hilda Wolff Farr of McKinney, Texas; nephew, Brett Farr and wife Patty of McKinney, Texas; great niece, Kendra Vreeland and husband Adam of Houston, Texas; great nephews, Heath Farr of Carrollton, Texas and Jake Farr and wife Emily of Austin, Texas; great-great niece, Adalyn Vreeland; great-great nephew, Elijah Vreeland; bonus daughter, Olga Vasilyeva hall of Fargo, North Dakota; aunt, Nelda Latham Dukes of Wheeler, Texas; and 13 of 37 first cousins and a host of dear and loved friends.

Visitation will be at Venue on Broadway from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 11, 2021.
Pallbearers will be Rex Adamson, Curt Langford, Raymond Lusk, Kevin McCullough, Randy Price, Harold Rhoades, Heath Farr, and Jake Farr. A brief graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 11, 2021, at Floyd County Memorial Park in Floydada. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 11, 2021 at Quaker Avenue Church of Christ, located at Quaker Ave. and 18th Street. Visitation will follow in the reception hall. Memorial donations, in her honor, may be made to any of the charitable organizations listed above or a charity of your choice.

A livestream of the memorial service can be viewed at Quaker Avenue Church of Christ’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpiDQQxETjKiYdvPs5fEtCg/videos

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18 Condolence(s)
Lanell Simmons
Midland, TX
Monday, October 11, 2021

I wish I could be there with you.

Jenifer Smith
Lubbock, TX
Monday, October 11, 2021

What a treasure we had in Gertrude. My love and prayers to Lon and the rest of her family. She leaves a stellar legacy in the work she did for all.

Helen and Tom Musiak
Lubbock, TX
Sunday, October 10, 2021

Lon and Hilda, having met Gertrude in the 50s, we have so many wonderful
memories of times shared with you. We will miss her greatly, as we celebrate
her as a fine friend. We ask God's blessings on you as you learn to live in her
worldly absence. In Christ's love,
Helen and Tom

Susan Nix
Lubbock, TX
Sunday, October 10, 2021

I met Gertrude as an inductee of Delta Kappa Gamma and to this day have fond memories of her hosting us at her home. I never knew all of her accomplishments until I read her obituary this morning. She was truly “a giant among us” and obviously humble- always serving as a role model for women. I am sorry for the families’ loss and truly cherish having known her.

Sherry Blankenship
Lubbock, TX
Saturday, October 9, 2021

Gertrude was truly one of the kindest and most encouraging people I have ever known. Her bright spirit shown on everyone. She will be dearly missed.

Jean Moffatt
Seminole, TX
Saturday, October 9, 2021

I knew Gertrude through music club. What a terrific lady! She did everything to perfection. We will miss her very much but look forward to rejoining her in heaven one day.

Hilda Wolff Farr
McKinney, TX
Saturday, October 9, 2021

My sister was the perfect sister for me! I loved her dearly. She looked up to me because I was older than she. She encouraged me in every facet of my life. Although she was younger, she sat the standards to which I should attain. I had total confidence in her suggestions in any area of my life in which I sought "How To's"! She was flourishingly creative and made many attempts to saturate me with her knowledge and abilities. (I think I failed to be indoctrinated!) As most families do, we spent almost every major holiday with Gertrude and Lon since their marriage in 1967. We have shared joys and sorrows and have overcome because of our faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ. I should have gone first, but that was not the plan!

Margaret Conner
Lubbock, TX
Saturday, October 9, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with Lon and all the family as they cope with the loss of Gertrude. She was so accomplished and a friend to all. She will be sorely missed by so many!

Margaret Parks Conner

Carol Games
Lubbock/Texas 79424,
Saturday, October 9, 2021

Gertrude was an amazing woman and exemplary educator. She was the most thoughtful person I have ever known and always brought out the best in everyone she worked with. Prayers for her family.

Connie Bishop
Lubbock, TX
Friday, October 8, 2021

To Lon, Hilda, and family I offer my sincere sympath for Your loss. Gertrude was special at my house and for all of you. She was just such a loving, giving, caring person. She will be sorely missed by Dexter and I both. Love Connie

Erin Ramsey
San Antonio, TX
Friday, October 8, 2021

I will miss Gertrude as a bonus mom and know that she is in heaven with my beloved wife Tabitha. Lubbock is going to have a void that will need to be filled since the city lost a great woman.

Larry Warmoth
Lubbock, TX
Friday, October 8, 2021

It was honored to care for her. She was one of the most loving caring Christian women I’ve ever known. She was always a joy. I will miss her terribly.

Patty Farr
McKinney, TX
Friday, October 8, 2021

Aunt Gertrude was my enthusiastic welcome into the family as she invited Brett and I over for burgers from the Burger House the first time she saw us sitting at church together. I am sure she called Hilda afterwards to give her the scoop on who her son was keeping company with! 39 years later, she has blessed me and our family with her gift of making everyone feel special. She celebrated us during birthdays, holidays, and special occasions like graduations, anniversaries and was our cheerleader for little successes. I can’t make 3 bean casserole, Lin’s coffee cake, pork chops and rice or ham without thinking of her. She was an incredible influence in our lives and I will challenge myself to celebrate others as she did until we join her in our eternal heavenly home! We will miss you Gertrude, at least for a little while until we see you again. 💕

Carl & Carolyn Jackson
McKinney, TX
Friday, October 8, 2021

Lon, what a wonderful wife and friend. I know you will miss her dearly! Carl and I will keep you in our prayers.
What a blessing to know you will be with her again someday. May God grant you comfort and peace.

Nancy Holmes golden
Gatesville, TX
Thursday, October 7, 2021

I had the privilege of meeting Gertrude twice. Once at our ranch near Fredericksburg and at the 50th reunion of the class of 1964 Floydada high school In Lubbock Such a class act. And perfect for Lon. She made an old country boy better. Hugs to the sandhill Miller family. Nancy Holmes

Judy Mullins
Seagraves, TX
Thursday, October 7, 2021

So sorry for your loss.My prayers are with you.God bless you.

Rick Cohen
Ransom Canyon, TX
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Gertrude was outstanding in everything she did—
which was a bunch!
She was a great lady in all respects.

Cindy Shepherd
Lubbock, TX
Thursday, October 7, 2021

🥀You are in my thoughts today, and I am saying prayers.
Asking the Lord to bless you and keep you in His care.
May you feel His loving touch as He holds you in His hand.
May you sense His love around you, as on His strength,
you stand. Find laughter in the memories and peace
beyond measure. Be thankful for a life well-lived,
knowing Heaven’s received a treasure.🥀
Sincere Condolences, Love and Prayers

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