Martha Ann Miller

Born: Wed., Mar. 14, 1934
Died: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jan. 17, 2020
Location: Burns Mortuary

Concluding Service

12:30 PM Fri., Jan. 17, 2020
Location: Olney Cemetery

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Longtime Pendleton resident Martha Ann Miller, 85, died while surrounded in love by family Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Hermiston. The second to the youngest child of Leslie and Mamie May (Lindsey) Turner, Martha Ann Turner was born March 14, 1934, in Sandford, Texas.

The last of the Turner kids to say their goodbyes on Earth, her siblings included Leslie (Mildred) Turner of Pendleton; Nina (Harold) Mock of Pendleton; Mary (Casey) Denny of Pilot Rock; Joe Turner of Pendleton; Wanda Fay (Manuel) Costa of Sunnyside, Washington; Ray (Dolores) Turner of Vancouver, Washington; and Bill (Margaret) Turner of Pendleton.

During her youth, Martha moved from Texas with her family to Rieth. She attended Pendleton High School. In her younger years, she worked at Pendleton Woolen Mills.

Martha met and married Marvin E. Miller June 26, 1954, in Pendleton. The couple had two daughters, Teresa (Richard) Shade of Pendleton; and Loretta (Bill) Lowrance of Hermiston. She lived in Pendleton until moving to Hermiston four years ago.

Working her entire life in customer service, Martha loved people. She retired around age 78 after working at numerous places, including Bi-Mart, Albertsons and Walmart.

Martha enjoyed baking, cooking and shopping — particularly buying new shoes. She loved being with friends, family and her grandkids. Martha especially enjoyed Christmas. She looked forward to holiday gatherings, which often featured her fabulous culinary creations. Cakes were one of Martha’s specialties, which she made for anyone, anytime or anywhere.

Martha is survived by her children, her grandchildren, Shane Wallace of Pendleton; Lindsey (Stacy) Adair of Pendleton; Matthew (Tabitha) Mendenhall of Hermiston; Joe (Hailey) Mendenhall of Hermiston; Brandi (Stephanie) Lowrance of Seattle; Josh (Ashley) Lowrance of Tennessee; and Caleb Lowrance of Portland; her great-grandchildren, Olivia, Grace, Hanna, Quinn, Cole, Mason and Wyatt; sisters-in-law, Mildred, Dolores and Margaret; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband (2004) and siblings.

The family expressed grateful appreciation for the amazing support provided by Vange John Memorial Hospice and special visitations by Rev. Marc Mullins of the Pendleton First Christian Church, where Martha was a longtime member. Memorial contributions can be made to the Pendleton First Christian Church.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Interment will follow at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton, followed by a dinner at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge. Share memories with Martha’s family at



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Leslie Wallace Udy
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
My heartfelt condolences & prayer to Martha’s family. She was an amazing lady & I loved her as if she was my own mom, as did so many!! May your living memories of her comfort you in this time of grief.

Mary Pedro
   Posted Fri January 10, 2020

GARDEN PATH was sent by Lawrence .

Dear Loretta & Family, Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. I will always remember her chocolate cake! She touched people far and near even ones she barely knew... With deepest sympathy, The Pedro Family

Martha Mitchell
   Posted Sat January 11, 2020
As a wife of a machinist Marvin and Martha were wonderful people that I am proud to have known. She was friendly and then when I had the privilege to see her at Walmart it made my day. She will be missed.

Robin Weller
   Posted Tue January 14, 2020
She was a lovely lady and will be missed. I enjoyed working with her. She always had a smile on her face.

Scot & Clare Jacobson
   Posted Wed January 15, 2020
Our deepest condolences on the loss of Martha. We attended church together, and went camping with Martha and Marv and enjoyed them so much. So many happy memories on our adventures, or seeing her working in Albertsons where my wife was the manager of the Banner Bank Branch there. She was always in high spirits and her smile lit up the room.......... rest in peace my dear friend.

Lavanda Watkins
   Posted Thu January 16, 2020


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