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Mary Katherine Miller-Miller
March 24, 1950- February 18, 2022

Departed this life on February 18, 2022, at St Francis Medical Center. She is survived by her forever husband, Donald Franklyn Miller. Mary was lucky enough to marry a Miller---twice as good! She is also survived by two sons Donald Blair Miller (Kristy) of Midlothian and Jonathan Scott Miller of Manheim PA. She also leaves behind granddaughters Samantha Nicole and Avery Blair Miller both of Midlothian. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Janet Miller Yandle (Tommy) of Chester and nephew Evan Yandle (Tiffany) and nieces Erika Y. Frashure (Justin) and Emily Yandle.

Mary is now joined in eternity with her beloved parents L. Blair Miller and Mary T. Miller. Mary’s health continued to decline in recent years following a stoke in 2014. Mary was a 1968 graduate of Huguenot High School and continued her studies at Virginia Commonwealth University VCU. After various jobs, she began her career in the healthcare industry with Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield of VA and retired in 2000 as a Communications Manager in Provider Services.

During the 1990s, stand-up comedy became a passion for Mary. “Murr” was her alter-ego as she travelled across the US and Canada performing stand-up including Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Myrtle Beach, Newport News and VA Beach. One of the highlights of her comedy experience was her attendance at the Comedy Festival in Aspen Colorado. She was fortunate enough to have collaborated with comedians such as Tom Arnold, Jon Lovitz and Jimmy JJ (Dynomite) Walker. She also met singer Aaron Neville when they were
performing at an event together. She was a born performer only slowing down as her travel schedule became too much. After suffering a stroke she continued to accomplish all that she could. Her husband, Don, literally became her wingman. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her granddaughters Samantha and Avery. Mary will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her!

Joseph W. Bliley Funeral Home at 6900 Hull Street Richmond is caring for the family. Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday March 3 in the Mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Park 2901 W. Hundred Road Chester VA. Viewing is one hour prior to the service. There will be a reception following the service at the Mausoleum for friends and family. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Miko’s Animal Sanctuary, LLC a small non-profit organization whose aim is to provide life-long sanctuary for abandoned, abused, and neglected senior dogs. Donations can be made online at

You can add memories online at Bliley's website,

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02/28/22 08:10 PM #1    

Vern Buchanan

. It was always a pleasure to catch up with you at the reunions . I had no idea you were a stand up comic 

I guess you were a sit down comic later on (Sorry I couldnt resist )

I loved you spunk . I found Never having to guess what you thought about something refreshing .

You befriended my wife as soon as you guys met .Shes going to be sad when I tell her that you are gone ..

RIP My Friend . You were special 


03/01/22 03:49 PM #2    

Tommy Moore

Enjoyed riffing with Mary at the last reunion and absorbing her wit.   I am sorry I missed her stamd up show.  It must have been quite memorable.  You'll never leave the hearts of your loved ones.     Tommy Moore


03/02/22 05:17 PM #3    

Robbie Richardson

In Mary's obituary it referred to her husband as Forever husband Donald. Yep. Few experiece the deep relationship of loving and being with a soulmate. During those years when I was back in town from '84 to '99, if I would see Mary somewhere, like in Lowes, her husband was there. They seemed inseprable and in a sweet, childlike way, simply happy to be in one another's company. Just being together was enough.

It was during that time upon enjoying her wit and perfect comedic timing, that I found out about her success in that field. She loved it and that was obvious. Again, how fortunate to enjoy doing what you like and doing it with the person you love supporting you all along the way.

When we, you and me, were all still elementary school age, Mary was part of a girls organization sponsored by the church I attended. As I recall, her family attended elsewhere, but Mary was there participating with her friends. They met at my house. My mom was their leader. 

I have enjoyed only a few of our class reunions, but missed more than I attended since moving away, twice now. At the forty fifth, Mary and I talked about her remembering my mom and old times in general. At that point Mom had recently passed away. Then and always, Mary was Mary, sweet, thoughtful, and kind; thinking about and interested in others. 

One time later she emailed me because she thought someone has said that I was dealing with cancer. That was a mistake, I was fine, but from out of the blue, Mary's instinct was to reach out. This was after she experienced her stroke.

My heart goes out to her family in their loss. From reading the obituary it is clear that they are a family with and abiding faith. Scripture says that we are not like those who grieve with no hope. We do grieve, but in the midst of it, we have a sustaining hope.

May sweet Mary rest in peace, and may her memory be a blessing.

03/03/22 01:18 PM #4    

Jim Miller

Amazing and fun friend with whom I shared all home rooms (desks next to each other) throughout our Huguenot days.  What a loss fo our class.

03/03/22 05:57 PM #5    

Brenda Levy

I'm so sorry to hear this, but she is in a happier place now.  She was a friend to all.  I will miss seeing her.

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