LANCASTER — Betty June Howard Miller, 73, of Meadowlark Drive, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, Ky.
She was a daughter of the late Ollie Carpenter Howard and Lydia Newby Howard. Betty was married for 36 years to the late Harvey Miller.
Survivors include a brother, Holton Howard (Nancy) of Lancaster; sisters, Maude Ann Howard (Jim) of Orlando, Fla., and Marcia Kay Howard (Laird) of Alpharetta, Ga. She also is survived by a very special friend, Peggy Lair (Denny) of Stanford; five nieces, Mary, Ashley, Tonya, Marla and Stephanie; two nephews, Terry and Ronald Howard; and several great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Luther Howard.
Betty graduated from Buckeye High School in 1957, attended two years at Cumberland College with a scholarship, then taught at Camp Dick Robinson and West Point schools, which was the last one-room school in Garrard County, with grades 1-6 and 46 total students. West Point was closed in May 1961.
She then graduated from Eastern State Teachers College in May 1963. She taught one year at Versailles Elementary School in Woodford County. In 1962, Betty started teaching at Buckeye High School and taught there until it was closed. She was transferred to Lancaster Elementary School, where she retired after 30 years of teaching.
Betty became a member of Scotts Fork Christian Church when she was 12. She taught Sunday school, led the youth choir and adult choir, played piano and directed many Vacation Bible Schools. Most recently, she was a member of Lancaster Christian Church, where she taught Sunday school classes and was a member of the adult class women's group. She helped with many dinners with the church. Betty loved her church.
Betty was a member of the PTA, president of the Garrard County Teachers Association, a member of the CKEA Board, and a delegate to KEA and NEA in Portland, Ore. She started the Buckeye High School Alumni Association (1923-1964), where she was vice president three times.
In 1975, Betty took a group of high school juniors from Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio to the United Nations. She loved all of the students she was privileged to work with. She was a member of AARP, Garrard Rebekah, and Three Links Rebekah Lodge in Frankfort, Ky. After retiring, Betty and Harvey spent many years traveling through Kentucky, and spent winters in Texas Rio Grand Valley.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Bryce McCulley, Don Burton and Jerry Browning officiating. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Ronald Howard, Matthew East, Steve Himes, Terry Howard, Deno Constantine, Kevin Austin, Josh Howard and Harry D. Howard. Honorary pallbearers will be Jackie Powers, Jeff Moss, Ronnie Baker, Jimmy Cox, Donald Howard, Charles Newby, Betty Arnold, Tommy Arnold, and elders of Lancaster Christian Church.
Visitation will be 4-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials are preferred to Heritage Hospice and Lancaster Christian Church.