Dr. Donna Kay Scott Miller, PhD, 71, of Johnson City, passed away peacefully Friday (April 13th, 2018), surrounded by her family and loved ones.
Funeral services will be held Monday at Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 East Watauga Avenue. Her grandson, Joey Marking, will officiate. Receiving of family and friends will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, with the funeral service to follow. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, at 12:00 p.m. in Roselawn Cemetery.
Donna was born March 29th, 1947, in Johnson City, a daughter of Verlin and Mary Katherine Scott.
She leaves her sisters Peggy and Sandra, brother-in-law Mike and wife Becky, sisters-in-law Carol and Claudia; daughter Lisa Marie and husband Bruce; daughter Nikki Renee and husband Todd, grandsons Joey, Justin, Jackson, Jarret, great-grandchildren Sarah, Kinsey, Ethan, Joshua, and Angela, nephews Scott and Jeff, nieces Denye, Kathy, Amy, and Lisa, and great-nephews and great-nieces.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Jack, Dennis, and Norman, and the love of her life, Freddie Miller.
Dr. Miller began her academic career at ETSU, where she received her RN, continuing on to receive her MA and PhD at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Miller used her scholastic accolades to successfully lead multiple businesses in the healthcare industry, such as the Tri-Cities Health Alliance.
Donna moved back home from Memphis to Johnson City in 1995 to help care for her mother and be closer to her family. Yet no matter where Donna called home, she nurtured life-long friendships that spanned decades and thousands of miles, and those closest to her always knew how much she loved them.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Dr. Barbarito, Dr. Lurie, Dr. Kimbrough, Dr. Williams, Cheryl Conrad, and Governor’s Bend Assisted Living for their compassionate care over the years, as well as Franklin Woods Hospital and the staff of 7500 Johnson City Medical Center, specifically Dr. Kirsch and Dr. Morris, for their care as well.
She will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher, mentor, and friend. And Donna’s legacy of limitless generosity, feistiness, determination, accomplishments, and love of family and friends will continue on in the hearts and lives of those who cherish her.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.appfh.net. Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 800 E. family Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Miller family.