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1919 - 2019
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Obituary for Nancy Marie Miller (Cortese)

Nancy Marie  Miller (Cortese)
Nancy Marie Miller passed away on May 9, 2019 at the age of 99.
Nancy was born Sept 22, 1919 to Philip George and Catherine (Bilello) Cortese (Sicilian immigrants) in Temple Texas at the family home. Nancy and her 7 siblings worked alongside their parents on their vegetable farm but Nancy demanded and persisted in her right to school attendance, despite her father’s belief that girls didn’t need an education. Nancy’s family lived most of her life in Temple TX, except for a few years when she attended and graduated from Lakeview High School in San Angelo TX in 1939.
During WWII, Nancy attended a school in Waco TX to learn to rivet on airplanes to aid the war effort. While in training as “Rosie the Riveter”, Nancy met William “Bill” Bry Miller, who was a Corporal in the US Army stationed at Ft. Hood. They and their friends, Mark and Peggy Moore, eloped to Missouri and were married April 22, 1943. Nancy and Bill were children of the great depression and learned the importance of working hard, living frugally and being thankful for what they had. They also generously shared what little they did have with those who needed help. They raised 3 children and were married for 51 years.
Nancy was a stay-at-home mom for her children’s early years but she always stayed busy. She was an expert seamstress. She babysat for friends, Gordon and Doris Hilley, and cared for Jan and Sandy Hilley along with her own children. She worked in St Mary’s School Cafeteria for several years. Nancy attended Temple Junior College and Kings Daughter’s Hospital earning her LVN license. She continued with her education at Temple Junior College and the Scott & White School of Professional Nursing graduating March 5, 1965 and receiving her RN License the same year. She finished her undergraduate education at Mary Hardin Baylor, earning her B.S. in nursing from Mary Hardin Baylor. She attended graduate school at Texas Women’s University in Denton TX earning a Master’s in Nursing. Nancy was employed by the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Temple TX and worked on the Psychiatric unit there until her retirement in 1996.
Alongside her professional nursing career, Nancy was a caregiver for family members at home. Nancy took extraordinary care of her father, mother, sister and niece until their deaths.
Nancy was deeply religious and loved her Catholic faith. She attended St Mary’s Catholic Church and moved to St Luke’s Catholic Church when it was built. In later years she kept her TV tuned to EWTN listening to the Rosary and the daily Mass and evangelizing.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents Philip and Catherine Cortese, by her husband, Bill, her 3 sisters Ann E. Cortese Fuentes, Georgia M. Cortese Mapes, and Jean Dell Cortese, and by one grandson, Bruce W. Holtman.
She is survived by her children, Carolyn K. & William Holtman of College Station TX, Sherry A. & Robert Dorotik of San Angelo TX, and William M. Miller & Robin Rosenblad of Austin TX;
Eight Grandchildren Suzanne & Jay Biggs, Heather & Bobby Sheffield, Shelly Holtman, Tracey & Scott Kollmansberger, Trixie & Paul Armstrong, Shayne & Maria Dorotik, Jeff & April Miller and Gina & Alex Stadtner;
Twelve Great-grandchildren (Sean, Amanda, and Matthew Dossey, Cody & Linsey Sheffield, Tucker, Madison, and Aidyn Sheffield, Regan, and Bry Armstrong, Donald Kollmansberger, Oliver Stadtner and Vivian Miller); and three Great-Great-granddaughters Micah Castorena, Avery Sheffield and Kamryn Dossey.
She is also survived by 1 sister, Jannie Cortese Harding, of Temple; 3 brothers Vince Cortese, of Little River; Frank & Beverly Cortese and Sonny & JoAnn Cortese of San Angelo TX and by many dear nieces and nephews of several generations.
We would like to thank mother’s Doctors at Baylor Scott & White for their wonderful care, especially Dr. Darla Lowe, Dr Kipp Slicker, Dr. Wesley Lane, Dr. Dane Langsjoen, Dr. Laurel Kilpatrick, Dr. Mark Lawrence and Dr. Michael McGee. We extend thanks to Deacon Jerry Klement who ministered to mother and her family for many years. We also want to thank the wonderful Extraordinary ministers of St Luke parish who were so kind to bring the Holy Eucharist to mom every Sunday for so many years; especially Agnes & Richard Lutz, Cathy Papenfort, Shirley Burke, Gerry Hohan and Joanne Tuck and others.
Visitation will be May 15 from 6-8 at Hewett-Arney Funeral Home, 14 W Barton, Temple TX, and will include a Rosary at 7:00.
A funeral mass will be Officiated by Rev. John Guzaldo held May 16 at 11:00 at St Luke’s Catholic church, 2807 Oakdale, Temple TX, 76502, followed by internment at Bellwood Memorial Cemetery on Airport Rd. Afterward, family and friends can gather for a luncheon provided by the Women’s Society of St. Luke’s parish in the Parish Hall.
In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St Luke Catholic church or a charity of your choice.

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