Fae A. Miller

Fae A. Miller, 97, of Orrville, Ohio, died April 5, 2021, at the home of her niece, Rebecca and Arlin Geiser, following a period of declining health. She was born July 8, 1923, to Solomon and Ida E. (Miller) Miller.

She received her RN degree at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania, her bachelor of science degree at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., and her master’s degree in African studies at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.

She was a woman of faith in God and spent her life serving others. She served for some 35 years as a medical missionary in Somalia and South Sudan under Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Mennonite Central Committee. She loved telling the stories of her time on the mission field and of her love for the people there. After retiring from mission work, she worked in several Ohio hospitals, taught African studies at Wayne College in Orrville and volunteered with Meals on Wheels.

She was an active member of Orrville Mennonite Church, was involved with her large family and had many friends in many places. She was an avid world traveler as long as she was able.

Survivors include three sisters, Kathryn (the late Glenn) Hollopeter of Medina, Lena (Robert) Wenger of Wisconsin, and Ida G. Byer of Wooster; and a brother-in-law, Paul E. Thomas of Kidron.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Monroe, Roy, Melvin, Clarence and infant Solomon IV; and a sister, Irene Thomas.

A family graveside service was held at the East Union Mennonite Church cemetery.

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