Carolyn Miller, resident of Long Beach, the Palm Desert area and Astoria, Oregon, left us the way she lived, with grace, wit and serenity.

She had a great understanding and appreciation of nature and all things living, which she often attributed to her parents and grandparents. Her spirit brought vibrancy to her life and all who knew and loved her are richer for it.

She would say her greatest accomplishment was her partnership in marriage to Stan Miller, previous owner of Stan Miller Yachts in Long Beach. Carolyn was reluctant to accept praise for her outstanding work as an elementary school teacher in the Burbank Unified School District, her exemplary work as Deputy Director of Palm Springs Art Museum and Director of the Public Arts Program for the City of Palm Desert. She was an enthusiastic and effective participant in the arts community of Astoria, a member of the Clatsop Assistance League, Astoria Yacht Club and became a member of that city’s Community Emergency Response Team. Carolyn attended William Jewell College and graduated from the University of Kansas where she was a member of Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority.

Carolyn leaves, with joyful memories, her husband, Stan, sister-in-law Jodie and brother, Jim Miller, all residing in Palm Desert, her step-daughter, Katlyn Breene and husband Michael, her mother, Mariana Dunlop, sister Beth Ann Dangos and husband, Steve; sister Cheryl Steinkamp and husband, Bob; her constant friend, Marilyn, five nieces and nephews, six grand nieces and nephews and many cherished friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Dunlop, and her fraternal and maternal grandparents.

Carolyn requested no formal memorial service. Rather she hoped that those who knew and loved her would come together in their own way to remember and celebrate her life. Her family and close friends have chosen, in part, to honor her with a standing ovation in recognition of her life well lived. Perhaps others may want to do the same.

Carolyn’s care givers at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) in Portland were exemplary. Before leaving for Palm Desert, Carolyn thanked them for a good four years of kind, loving and skilled care. Feel free to make a donation in her name to OHSU’s Center for Women’s Health, acknowledging Dr. Elizabeth Munro. Donations can be mailed to Oregon Health & Science Foundation, 1121 S.W. Salmon Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97205-2021.

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