Isabel Amanda Miller
1921 - 2020
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November 5, 1921 ˜ June 3, 2020

Isabel was the middle child of three daughters of Jacob Otto William Strieter and Clara Mary White. She was born and raised in Haslett, MI. Her father died when she was 11 years old, at the height of the Great Depression. Her Mother took in boarders to make ends meet.
Isabel’s college years were interrupted by WWII and a bout of rheumatic fever. She spent two winters in Florida for her health. There she met and married 1LT Robert Franklin. After the war ended, they used the GI Bill to attend Michigan State University where Isabel earned her BA in English and Bob got his Masters in Economics. Their two children, Claire and Tom, were born before Bob rejoined the Air Force during the Korean conflict. Isabel made homes in Michigan, Oklahoma, California, Alaska, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Germany, and Massachusetts before Bob retired from Service. They made their home in Florida for twenty-two years.
Isabel was active in church, always teaching Vacation Bible School and Sunday School and serving where needed.
Bob’s mother, Bessie, lived with them for ten years. Both Bessie and Bob developed Alzheimer’s. Isabel cared for them both at home. Isabel and Bob moved to Vancouver, Washington in 1992 where they joined households with daughter, Claire and son-in-law, Dix. They all cared for Bob at home until he died in 1996. Isabel and Bob were married for 50 years.
In 1997, Isabel was surprised by a phone call from Russell Miller, a classmate from Kindergarten to High School. He lived in Hillsboro, Oregon and recently lost his wife of 50 plus years. He visited, courted, charmed, and married Isabel in 1998. They were married three years before he died.
Isabel enjoyed gardening, travel, garage sales, reading, family gatherings, and her church. She lived alone in the home she and Russ had shared. She managed her home, yard, and finances with a little help. Her final eighteen months were spent with Claire and Dix. She was the last in her family from the Greatest Generation, preceded in death by her sisters, two husbands, and one nephew.
Isabel is survived by daughter, Claire (Dix) Dixon of Vancouver, Washington; son, Tom (Kathy) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; three grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren. Russ brought Isabel his three children, Shari Barnes (Jack) of Phoenix, Arizona, Robin Buckles of Arizona, Russell Miller (Kim) of Sherwood, Oregon; eight step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to Memorial Lutheran Church on 2602 E. 28th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661.
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Published in The Columbian on Jul. 19, 2020.
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July 21, 2020
Isabel was a kind and wonderful woman. We met in church. She was the example that made people know what a Christian truly was. Isabel would make time if you needed her. I think of her as a dear friend.
Charlotte Lewis
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