March 30, 1923 ~ March 12, 2019

Born in: Stringtown, IL
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Cleora was born March 30, 1923 in Richland County, Illinois one of eleven children born to Peter and Louvina (Hahn) Rennier. She married James Miller on November 7, 1950 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stringtown, Illinois and was married for 54 years. She was a homemaker and mother of seven children. After her children were grown, she worked as a cafeteria lady at Skiles Test Elementary School. Cleora also became the neighborhood “Avon lady” and enjoyed socializing with her many customers. She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and a volunteer Eucharistic minister who visited the local hospital and nursing homes. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking and crocheting. Like many women of her generation, she sewed many school clothes, stitched and patched many jeans, beautiful prom dresses and a wedding dress. Her favorite past time was crocheting. She crocheted each of her children and grand-child an afghan. Each great-grandchild received a pillow. Cleora also liked to bake. Her favorite zucchini bread and raisin bread were cherished by her children and grandchildren. Visits from her grandchildren were always met with a full cookie jar filled with fig newtons. She also was well known for her vegetable garden with her favorite summer meals being prepared from her labor (cucumbers and onions, tomatoes for BLT’s and of course corn on the cob). Cleora also became a “mother” to many of her childrens’ closest friends. She always set out another plate at mealtime and greeted them with a big hug when they came by for a visit. Of course, her greatest joy came from taking care of (spoiling) her grandchildren (13) and great-grandchildren (17). Nothing could make her smile bigger than holding and loving on them.

Cleora is survived by her 7 children, Cindy (Jerry) Baden, Therese Miller, Dennis (Michelle) Miller, Robert (Sandy) Miller, Roberta (Tim) Bush, Tim (Shawn) Miller, Maureen (Bill Shine) Kocher; 13 Grandchildren and 17 Great-grandchildren; and 1 brother, Carl Rennier.

Cleora was preceded in death by her husband, James (2004); her parents, 5 brothers (Herbert, Conrad, Ralph, Gerald and Julius) and 4 sisters (Erma, Chlorine, Jeanine, and Hilda).

Visitation will be from 5pm to 8pm on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services, 5215 N. Shadeland Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11am on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 4650 N. Shadeland Avenue, with visitation 1 hour prior. Burial to follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Fishers, IN.

Services

Visitation: March 18, 2019 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Legacy - Lawrence
5215 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226


Visitation: March 19, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am

St. Lawrence Catholic Church
4790 N. Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226


Funeral Service: March 19, 2019 11:00 am

St. Lawrence Catholic Church
4790 N. Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226


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  1. Cleora was such a wonderful Mother, friend and my Aunt. She was with my mother (her sister), to help out when I was born. She had went out that evening and she said “when she came back, she could smell the ether and she knew that I was born”. Cleora was a jovial person and loved to make you smile. My condolences to her family. She left quite a legacy!

  2. So glad Corky introduced her cousin Carl to my mother, Dolores (Dee) all those years ago back in 1948. Have so many fun childhood memories at Corky & Jim’s!! Hugs & blessings to the family!

  3. Aunt Cleora had such a happy personality that radiated through her and through her children too! She would make me laugh! She and Jim always had fun family things going on at their home. Had so much with my first cousins playing in their back yard Red Rover or Hide and Seek when we were youngsters. I truly enjoyed our High School Graduation Party Cleora hosted at her home when Cindy, Jan and I graduated in 1969.
    Mom (Sis) and Dad, (Connie) always enjoyed taking turns visiting between his sisters and brothers families as we were all growing up together in Indianapolis, Elwood and Olney, Illinois. Our families were all so close! Such wonderful memories I will always cherish especially there at Cleora and Jim’s place. Hugs And Love, In Christ to you all!

  4. Cleora was a great lady, she was a family lady, a religious lady, a great friend to my mother and father and our family! Always the same gal when you saw her never complaining just appreciative about life! May she Rest In Peace with hubby Jimmy ! The Miller family is a special group of people our prayers go out to all of you! Love to all of you!

  5. Thoughts and prayers to all of the Miller family as I remember the special family times we shared in Indianapolis and at the Dallmier farm and Rennier reunions! I know Aunt Cleora is rejoicing with Jim, her parents, and siblings. I know my Mom (Hilda) was glad to be with her again. Even though I won’t be able to attend the services/funeral, I will be thinking of you. Hugs to all

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