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Esther Miller

d. March 8, 2017

On March 8, 2017 Esther “Rusty” Miller left this earth to join her late husband Colonel Howard Miller (USAF). Colonel Miller has been awaiting her arrival since his passing in 1998. Rusty was born in Shefield, Iowa in 1934 and was schooled in a one room country school. After graduating from Sheffield High School and completing studies at the Iowa Business Institute, in Des Moines, Rusty took a position with the Department of Defense and as a young woman began traveling the world with her position as an administrative assistant. She lived in California, England, Germany, Belgium and Washington D.C. During these travels she met and married Colonel Miller and following his retirement in 1973, the couple moved to the Carlisle area. The Millers owned and operated Howard E. Miller Antiques from their Limestone home on the Holly Pike. Rusty continued working for the Untied States Army at the Carlisle Barracks and retired with over thirty years of service. Following Howard’s passing, Rusty did not slow down. She was involved with numerous charitable organizations, libraries and women’s groups and continued traveling throughout the world. Rusty had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and showered her friends and family members with books and articles of topics she knew each person enjoyed. She loved and supported the theater, area libraries, all veterans’ organizations, her community and this great country. A plaque in her home’s window read “Heroes don’t wear capes, they wear dog tags.” Rusty is survived by her sister JoAnn Dunlavey of Traer, Iowa, a sister-in-law, Anita Rust and her many nieces and nephews. She will be forever loved and missed by the many who knew her and the many whose lives were helped through her generosity. She will be placed along side her husband in the Arlington National Cemetery in a private family service. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Rusty’s name to the Amelia Givins Library, 114 N. Baltimore Ave., Mount Holly Springs, PA 17065. Arrangements are being handled by Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065. Condolences to the family at

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