Fae A. Miller, 97, of Orrville, died peacefully on Monday, April 5, 2021, at the home of her niece, Rebecca and Arlin Geiser following a period of declining health.
She was born on July 8, 1923 to the late Solomon and Ida (Miller) Miller. She received her RN degree at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania, her BSc at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA and her Master of Arts in African Studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Fae 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. 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.
Fae was an active member of the Orrville Mennonite Church and 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.
Fae was preceded in death by brothers, Monroe, Roy, Melvin, Clarence and infant Solomon IV; and a sister, Irene Thomas.
She is survived by sisters, Kathryn (the late Glenn) Hollopeter of Medina, Lena (Robert) Wenger of Wisconsin and Ida G. Byer of Wooster; a brother-in-law, Paul E. Thomas of Kidron; and many other relatives and friends.
Family graveside services will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 10:00 am at the East Union Mennonite Church Cemetery near Orrville. There will be no calling hours. Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is handling the arrangements.