A. June Miller

A. June Miller
A. June Miller

A. June Miller, 86, of Amarillo, TX died Thursday, November 30, 2023.

Visitation with the family will be from 4-5:00 p.m., Sunday, December 3, 2023, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 4, 2023, at Paramount Baptist Church, where she was a member.  The burial will be private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

June was born November 11, 1937, in Amarillo, TX to Morris and Joy (Wren) Barnwell.  She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1956, earned an Associate degree from Amarillo College in 1974, and a Bachelor of science and nursing degree from West Texas State University in 1980.

She married Gary Miller on October 12, 1957, in Amarillo.

June’s nursing career placed her at Northwest Texas Hospital, High Plains Baptist, and she taught in the vocational nursing program at Amarillo College.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Miller, and granddaughter, Janette Willis.

Survivors include her children, Victor Miller and wife Theresa, of Amarillo, TX, and Margo Willis and husband Ted, of Tyler, TX; twin sister, Joan Carder, of Amarillo, TX; her grandchildren, Keely Willis Burks and husband Ben, Kari Willis Dupont and husband Elliott, Joy Miller Urlaub and husband Brandon, and Landon Miller and wife Erin; and nine great-grandchildren.

4 Replies to “A. June Miller”

  1. Dear Miller Family:

    I was so, so sorry to hear about June’s death. The service today was an honorable tribute to her legacy. Victor–what a loving tribute to your Mom and message to the audience. “Behold thy mother”

    I met June on August 23, 1977 which was my first day of LVN school at Amarillo College (AC). Of course, she was “Mrs. Miller” to us at the time. She introduced herself and said to us in an encouraging voice “You will be successful. I sat in your seat 11 years ago and here I am today.” She actually earned her LVN at AC in 1966 followed by the associate degree in nursing from AC in 1974 and became an RN. She earned her BSN from West Texas State University in 1980. She was a great teacher and had a wonderful way of connecting with people. Great sense of humor. I graduated from LVN school in 1978.

    June called me in 1993 and said, “Hey. Why don’t you come teach with us at AC?” I took her advice and encouragement and soon became her colleague. She not only taught in the Vocational Nursing Program, she was also the Director for several years. I worked closely with her in the trenches in the 1990s before her retirement. June and her colleague and close friend, JoAnn Echols, were honored by having an outstanding student award named after them. It is known as the Miller-Echols Award and recognizes an outstanding student with each graduating class. The award honors the two for their 20+ years of service at AC.

    A few nuggets about June:

    1. I remember her whistling.

    2. June taught me how to insert a urinary tube into a manikin in October 1977. Goodness she was so patient with me. She said at least 6 times: “Take deep breaths and let’s do this again.” I’m sure I came across as a goofy 19-year-old.

    3. June would say over the years “How’s Marie doing? (My Mom). She knew my Mom. Both were days apart in birthdays: June (November 11, 1937) and my Mom (November 15, 1937).

    4. June did a lip sync with me and several other faculty members in 1997. We performed “YMCA” by Village People.

    5. Whenever we connected, June would say “Where’s your bike?” She was referring to me riding my bike to the West Campus at AC so long ago. My time as a student in the LVN Program at AC is the most endearing memory of my formal education.

    6. June and I had great conversations. We clearly understood where hope comes from: “I Am the resurrection and the life.”

    Thank you again for the lovely service today. What courage you have (All on stage). You did a GREAT job.

    The power of love, presence, and encouragement framed around the Lord Jesus Christ.

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