A graveside service honoring the life of Gerel Louise Shrader Miller will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at St. Anne’s Cemetery in Stonewall, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be her grandson, Reverend J. Klay Harrison.
Gerel Louise Shrader Miller, surrounded by her family, departed this earth at peace on Saturday, July 9, 2022. She was welcomed into God’s kingdom by her late son, Buddy, her husband, Bobby, and her mom, Silvia, who passed away when she was 6 years of age. Gerrie, as she was known by, always said – “They must of thought I was a boy and didn’t bother to change my name.” She was born on December 15,1930 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She attended the University of Arkansas until she decided adventure was waiting for her in the friendly skies. She became an airline stewardess for Pan Am and Delta Airlines. On one of her flights into Shreveport, she met a young and handsome Shreveport police officer named Bobby Miller. She then decided to clip her wings for love.
At 4’11″, she always had the presence of a giant. All who knew her understand that statement. She had a dry wit which she passed onto her children. She taught her children to be strong and independent individuals. She instilled in us a legacy of service to others. It is evident in the jobs she chose. She served as a patient advocate at a local hospital. She also enjoyed her job at Volunteers of America teaching expectant moms how to properly care for their babies.
She was a knight in shining armor (a life size knight stood in the family home for 35 years) while substitute teaching continuously at Woodlawn High School. She loved the Red Line Drill Team and all the kids she taught. She was so proud when her baby daughter became the youngest mascot for the cheer squad ever. She was an avid LSU fan and loved pulling for her Tigers, as well as cussing like a sailor when they lost due to stupid plays and mostly bad calls. She had a love for rock music and met too many rockers to name when her late son was in the business. She was Cheap Tricks biggest fan and appreciated how they honored his memory at local shows for the past 40 years. By far, her greatest achievement were her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She relished in the chaos of the large get togethers, where she will be missed and remembered forever more.
Gerrie is preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Bobby Phillip Miller, Sr.; and oldest son, Bobby Phillip Miller, Jr. “Buddy”.
Mourning her death are her children, Dodie Horton and husband, Gary, Melinda Kent and husband, Fred, Glenn Miller, Leisa Harrison and husband, Keith and Shaun Hollier and husband, Henry; grandchildren, Mandie Bruyninckx, Misty Horton, Courtney Stephens, Elyse Kent, Dr. Rhett Kent, Colby Miller, Cameron Miller, Reverend Klay Harrison, Jay Harrison, Kyle LaCroix, Dr. Erika LaCroix, Andrew Hollier and Vanessa Dotie; great-grandchildren, Brody Bruyninckx, Maddox Hibner, Emily Stephens, Ella Stephens, Chloe Kent, Sheppard Miller, Liam Suter, J’den Harrison, Judah Harrison, Landon Harrison, and Devyn Dotie; and special friends, Tammie Carlisle, Keith David and Cille Dykes.
Honoring Gerrie as pallbearers will be her grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be her sons-in law.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the loving caretakers at Garden Park Nursing Home, Lifepath Hospice caretakers & the many physicians who cared for Gerrie over the years
The family suggests any memorials may be made to the Volunteers of America, 1660 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Rock on in heaven mom.