In Memoriam: Mary Ann Miles (Oct. 29, 1934 – May 5, 2021)

May 2021 Posted in Obituary

Mary Ann Miles, 86, of Silverton passed away peacefully on May 5, 2021. Mary Ann was born on Oct. 29, 1934 in Portland, the daughter of William (Bill) H. Jr. and Melba Woodard. She moved with her parents to her family home in Silverton shortly after her birth. She was raised in Silverton and graduated from Silverton High School in 1952. She married Wendell Roy Miles in Kentucky in 1954 while he was stationed there for basic military training. They moved back to Silverton upon his discharge from the Army in 1957.

During her lifetime she was an active volunteer in the community as a member of Silverton Junior Women’s Club, Silverton Zenith Club, Chapter CX PEO, Silverton United Methodist Church Sunday school, Girl Scouts (as a member and an adult leader), Ramona Chapter Rainbow girls (as a member and an adult leader), Ramona Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Silverton Country Historical Society and Silverton High School Alumni Association. She enjoyed volunteering at Eugene Field Elementary when her youngest child was in school. This led to a full-time position as an instructional assistant at Mark Twain and Robert Frost schools until her retirement in 1996. She loved her community and was proud to be a Silvertonian for 86 years. She looked forward to planning her Silverton High School Class of 1952 reunions and getting together with her classmates for their monthly class luncheons.

Survivors include her children, Bill (Cheryl) Miles and Tracy (Doug) Duerst of Silverton and Patti (Mark) Tischer of Keizer; grandchildren, Dan (Amanda) Miles and Amy Sargent of Salem, Alex (Rachel) Duerst of Silverton, Emily Duerst, Michael Tischer, and Andrew Tischer of Keizer; six great grandchildren, two step grandchildren and one step great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15 at Valley View Cemetery in Silverton. Following the service, a reception will be held at her home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in her memory to the Silverton High School Alumni Association, 303 Oak Street, Silverton, OR 97381. Assisting the family is Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton

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