22 December 1956 –
4 April 2018
I remember that time that you told me,
“Love is touching souls”
Surely you touched mine . . .
-Joni Mitchell, A Case of You
I know that so many of you were touched by Lee’s warmth, laughter, brilliant mind and welcoming spirit, . . . . whether you had just stumbled into the ‘nation for the first time or whether you were a dear old friend or a recent one. These doors and her arms were always open to the energy you all fed her with continuing the legacy of Howard and Marion Miller. Miller’s Dry Goods was a valley wide destination and institution that the Millers started back in 1938. After Lee bought the building in 2004, she asked Howard’s permission to keep the name Miller’s and he was thrilled. Her Community and Art Center was enjoyed by people far and wide through art classes, figure drawing sessions, art and music shows, and movie nights. She started the retail arm in 2007 bringing kids toys, local artworks, Valley and Carnation history, music, ladies scarves and accessories, 4th of July t-shirts, kitchenware, etc. With her great taste and zeal for the fun and wacky, she curated an amazing variety of sometimes edgy and unexpected wares that I know folks miss to this day. As we craft a future for this building and sacred space that does Howard’s and now Lee’s vision justice, we will keep the name and add new elements to its vessel that fit the community oriented vibe that came to be felt as “Lee’s Living Room”.
We will celebrate her life in a bigger broader way, this summer, giving us time to pull so many various elements of her full and extraordinary life together in a fashion she would appreciate and of course we’ll be singing, dancing and playing music.
Sunday, July 22 at Roger’s Carnation Tree Farm
Details coming soon…
Until then, light candles for her and think of stories you’d like to share of her and/or sentiments to her that we can add to a branch on the Miller’s website we’ll be creating. You can also send cards to her and her family to the Miller’s mailing address:
PO Box 1272
Carnation, WA 98014
“We gotta party harder”, she said as the City’s March 2018 proclamation was read to her in her last days, modestly playing down her accomplishments and always challenging us to not only work hard, but to play, enjoy life and each other to the fullest. And yes, our work is never finished, there are plenty more cool projects out there we can turn our energies toward. She invited us to dream of how we can make our lives, our friendships, our streets, our neighborhoods, alleys, town squares and gardens just a little bit nicer . . . giving people a place to breathe, hang out and celebrate our mutual bonds through art, music, growing things or conversation over a cup of coffee.
Thank you for sustaining our dear Lee with your love and friendships and support of her and Miller’s for all these years.
With humility, honor, and hope for the future here in this special place now entwined with the pain of our shared loss,
May we bring forth more happy times from the seeds Lee has planted,
From Snoqualmie Valley Record, April 20, 2018 –