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Sand Lake’s “mom” passes away

By Judy Reed

Beth Miller of Sand Lake, Michigan

Beth Miller

She had six kids of her own, but she thought of all of Sand Lake as her family.

“She called herself Sand Lake’s mom,” said Village President Kirk Thielke, as he spoke about longtime village clerk Elizabeth Ann (Beth) Miller. “She was always helping where she was needed.”

Beth, age 51, died last weekend at her home after a battle with cancer.

“It’s a tragic loss on several levels,” noted Thielke, “both personal and professional.”

Beth was Sand Lake Village Clerk for 16 years, and worked under several Village Presidents. Former Village President and current trustee David Dewey remembered Beth as someone that always held the village in her heart, and had a positive attitude when dealing with people. “She was always friendly, and greeted everyone with smiles. She also had a terrific sense of humor,” he said.

Thielke said she was constantly giving of herself and time. “Beth was a great person. Everyone knew her. She was always the first to volunteer when something needed to be done, whether planting trees or flowers, or something else.”

He also noted that she was a big help to him when he came on board two years ago as Village President. “I wouldn’t have made it without her,” he said. “She knew everyone—she had the connections, phone numbers, etc. Whatever would make me look good, she would do. Sometimes you don’t realize that until after the fact.”

The office here at the Post also enjoyed working with Beth. She was bright and cheery, and always joking around with us when she called. She will be deeply missed.

Beth’s family held visitation Wednesday evening at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral home, and will hold a memorial service at a later date.

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