Rhea's Story

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Rhea Lou (Aukerman) Miller, 76, Carmel, and formerly of Marion, joyously entered the gates of Heaven early Sunday morning, June 25, 2017, after losing her up-hill battle with unfortunate chronic health issues and weakened immune system that had been compromised from a series of aggressive infections and set-backs, plus repetitive trips to hospitals, but still Rhea never complained, and she was always full of joy, bringing uplifting energy and a very unique sense of humor to all who encountered her.
With a driving desire to be actively ministering wherever there was need, she was a true inspiration to everyone who crossed her path, including doctors, nurses, and strangers alike.
Rhea was born July 4, 1940, in Peru, Indiana, to the late Ronald and Eleanor (Trook) Aukerman. Rhea graduated from Converse High School in 1958. Thereafter, she attended Florida Southern College, in Lakeland Florida. After marrying Donal Ben Miller, they moved to Marion and started a family. Later in life, Rhea followed her lifelong dream and attended Rhema Bible College in Oklahoma and was ordained as a minister. Rhea was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and was active as a Stephen's Minister. She assisted at the Recovery Center of Oakland, California, and was Associate Pastor at Amboy Friends Church and actively led the youth ministries programs.
Rhea's life was a tribute to her faith in God. Even though she had no use of her left arm due to polio at age 12, she still enjoyed tennis, snow skiing and sailing. She adored her grandchildren and loved spending time with them. Rhea was very artistic. She loved painting and photography. She never knew a stranger and was always up for an adventure and a good laugh!
She is survived by one son, Grant Miller; one daughter, Melanie (Chuck) Norman; five grandchildren, Charlie, Alexa, Mahrina, Ahlia and Baylin; two sisters, Lana (Jonathan) Sprague and Karen (Don) Zimmerman; former husband, Don Miller; and former daughter-in-law, Kelly Stuart.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Brett Miller; and one great-grandson, Daniel Brett.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., followed by a service at 3 p.m. Burial along with a short graveside service to follow in Park Lawn Cemetery, Amboy, Indiana.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stephen Ministry, c/o St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260. Leppert Mortuary is entrusted with arrangements. To share a memory, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.
Published on June 28, 2017
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