Date of Death:  February 21, 2022

Service Details

Visitation will be held Monday, February 28, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Riverside Church, 207 E. Michigan Ave., Three Rivers. A funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church with Pastor Denny Kirouac officiating. She will be laid to rest at Riverside Cemetery. A video of her service is available here.

Obituary Notice

Denise Jean Miller, 63, passed away Monday, February 21, 2022 at Borgess Medical Center.

She was born June 24, 1958 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Dennis and Imogene (Salyer) Middaugh, and graduated from Three Rivers High School with the Class of 1976.

On August 9, 1975 Denise married Dave Miller at the Corey Church of the Nazarene.

A true people person and friendly to all, everyone knew Denise – whether she was working at Wells Saw, Three Rivers Hospital (administrative), Peebles, Dollar Tree or McDonald’s.

She was an active volunteer at Riverside Church, a member of its knitting group and a Bible College graduate.

Denise enjoyed cleaning, attending car shows, knitting, and Longaberger baskets. The family camped for many years and participated with the Coachmen Camping Club when the children were little.

Remaining to cherish her memory are her husband, Dave Miller; three sons, Casey Miller of Three Rivers, Cody (Elizabeth) Miller of Portland, OR and Kyle Miller of Three Rivers; one daughter, Kelsey Miller of Three Rivers; two grandchildren, Adisynn and Olyvia; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and four sisters.

Additional Information

Donations in Denise’s memory may be directed to the Three Rivers Lions Club. Envelopes are available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of her arrangements.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss Denise was a good friend to me. She always helped and was a source of joy an encouragement to me an so many others. She delivered kindness in so many ways. She gave great hugs.

  2. Dave and Family,
    So sorry for your loss! Denise was a true friend and confidant in the years we worked together at Wells Saw and Three Rivers Hospital. She will be greatly missed, but her smile and laughter and kindness will live on in all the lives she touched.

  3. Was so very sorry to hear this sad news, am praying for your family that you feel God’s presence, strength, and comfort as he leads you thru the grievance process. I loved Denise, kind heart and made me laugh a lot! She is with the Lord now!

  4. Dear Miller Family,
    My heart grieves for you during the loss of your wonderful wife and mother. Denise was always so kind and loving, she was like a second mother to my son, Phillip DeLaMater, growing up. She had such a beautiful soul and I know she will be deeply missed. Praise be to God that she is now with her Lord. My prayers are with you as you say your final good-byes. May God’s peace comfort you.

    Pamela Lalor (DeLaMater)

  5. Our condolences to the family. Denise is a sweet person. Although she is absent from the body, she is now present with the Lord. While her passing is a sad day for us, we can envision her dancing before the Lord.
    I (Steve) met Denise through Riverside Church and became friends with her through Celebrate Recovery. Denise’s way to greet you was to hug you. I’m not a hugger and told her this. Her response, “You will be with me” and she gave me a hug.
    Denise your presence on this earth will be missed. Until we see you again, give the Lord a hug for us all.

  6. To the Miller family my heart breaks for all of you and keeping you all in my prayers. Denise was one of the first people that I met when I moved to three rivers and the friendship grew very quickly could not have picked a better women to be the god mother to my children. Will he missed but never forgotten.

  7. So sorry to hear of Denise’s passing. She was truly a bright light in the world, always friendly and so easy to talk with. Deepest heartfelt condolences to Kyle, Dave, and the rest of the family.

  8. Dave and Family,
    So sorry for your loss! Denise was a great lady! She searched me out to be my friend.
    I went with her to medical appt. and I would come over to see her for nice visits! Dale has know your family for a very long time! God will take care of this beautiful lady as she is handed her the wings to Heaven! As I signed my name Patsy she is the only one besides my Grandpa that called me that. That was her name for me! I will now miss that. ❤️💙💜🙏😢

    Dale & Patsy Hoyt

  9. Dear Miller Family ,
    Sadden to find out that your sweet Denise had passed. I’ve known Denise ever since she was your young bride…
    Every time I saw her where ever she happened to be I always got a smile and hug. She was far to young to be gone already…
    Well heaven has gained another big winged angel!!!
    My deepest condolences to you all.
    Pam (Blivin) Blesing

  10. Dave and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear the bad news about Denise. She was such a loving and caring person. She will be missed by family, friends, and all others who knew her. You are in my thoughts and pray

  11. My heart is so broken. Denise was such a spirited person who loved life!! Will miss seeing her out and about and our many catch-up-chats! Dave, you and the family have my sincerest sympathy. May Denise rest in Heavenly peace…

  12. I’m praying for you, Dave, and for your family. I knew Denise as a child when she attended the Nazarene church. As a matter of fact, she was my first piano student. I enjoyed seeing her the last few years during my trips back to TR, both at McD’s and Dollar Tree. She truly was a people person.
    Jill Morgan

    • Dave and boys, I was so sad to hear about the passing of Denise. We go WAY back in our friendship. We always had fun together, sometimes to much fun. Sending prayers of comfort for the family. She was a true friend that would always be there. RIP my dear friend. Love you ❤️

  13. Dave, we were so shocked and saddened to hear the news of Denise’s passing. I still think of your family and smile when I see your “old” house behind us. Love and peace to you and your family during this sad time.

  14. Dave and family
    I’m so sorry to hear of Denise’s passing. I remember my folks, Elwin and Beverly Ruggles, bring her to our church, Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene. It was always fun to talk with her when I was back home there in Three Rivers about those times. Prayers to your family, Kathy Ruggles Whitney

    • Miller family, I do not personally know the pain you are feeling right now. However you will be in my thoughts and prayers because Denise was truly one of the good ones. She was such a loving kind and caring person. She welcomed me into her(your) family so many years ago when Kyle and I met. Even years after the fact her and I would talk and catch up. You knew she really cared when she was talking to you. My only hope is that maybe every person reading/leaving a message and or attending her service makes the choice to live each day with kindness in their hearts the way Denise did.

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