Arminta Wright Miller, age 90, died Monday, May 19, 2014, at Olney Healthcare in Olney, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Elbert Baptist Church in Elbert with Marty Light, pastor, and her sons-in-law, Dr. Ray Franklin and Dr. Chuck Aaron, officiating. Interment will follow in Elbert Cemetery with her brother, Lowell Wright, officiating for the committal. Services are under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home of Olney.
Arminta was born on Aug. 17, 1923, in Elbert, Texas, to James Luther and Mildred (Jones) Wright. She met her future husband, Meredith M. Miller, when she began corresponding with him during World War II while he was in the Army in India. They were married in Elbert, Texas, on July 11, 1946, after he was discharged from the Army. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Meredith, in 1986; and one son, James Lee Miller, in 1994.
She is survived by one son, David M. Miller and wife Gina of Ardmore, Okla.; three daughters: Ardith Franklin and husband Ray of Arkadelphia, Ark., Sandra Aaron and husband Chuck of Terrell, Texas, and Kara Miller of Olney, Texas; three grandchildren: Ariane Raines and husband Daniel of Henrico, Va., Angela Franklin of Garland, Texas, and Reece Franklin and his fiancé, Anna Grace Poole, who will make their home in Miami, Fla.; one great-grandson, Kayson Raines; her brother, Lowell Wright of Olney, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to working on the family farm all of her life, Arminta was a school teacher for almost 30 years. She graduated from Howard Payne University in 1943 with an all-level teaching certification that allowed her to teach any grade level. She began by teaching business subjects at Bowie High School after college. She later transitioned to elementary education, where she remained until her retirement in 1987. In addition to Bowie, she also taught in Throckmorton, Elbert, Newcastle and Megargel.
After retiring from teaching, she went back to farming full-time and began raising Polled Hereford cattle. She treated her cattle almost like family pets and was well-known in the Elbert/Throckmorton area as she was often seen driving her old truck around hauling feed and hay to them.
Arminta was a member of Elbert Baptist Church, where she taught children’s Sunday School classes for many years and was a strong supporter of missions.
Family visitation will be Friday, May 23, 2014 from 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC, 28607; or www.samaritan.org; or to a Missions Fund through your local church.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lunnfuneralhome.com.