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Obituary: Miller, Ruth Wynn

MILLER, Ruth Wynn 1921 - 2015 A much beloved woman, Ruth Wynn Miller, 93, passed away April 6, 2015 at The Colonnades, Charlottesville Virginia.

Wynn married Charles Stuart Modica in 1943 and raised two sons, Guy Modica of Tokyo, Japan and Marc Modica of Charlottesville, Virginia.

She is also survived by their wives, Eri and Shizuka, a grandson Sho Modica, his wife Kate, and two great-grandchildren, Kai and Fae.

Widowed in 1976, Wynn remarried with the late Ray Miller in 1981, staying close to his children David, Bill, their wives Theresa and Gail, and Ray’s late daughter Pansy, as well as their children, Alexandra, Clarke, Audrey and Andrew.

At an early age, in her hometown of Mitchell, Indiana, Wynn visited her sister in the hospital and subsequently became determined to be a nurse.

Thanks to a generous loan from a local banker who was moved by her determination, Wynn was able to complete her training in Indianapolis and receive her RN degree.

She also met her future husband, an MD, on the ward during her training and secretly married before her graduation.

Though interrupted by the demands of raising a family and many moves around the U.S., Wynn continued nursing until well into her 60s.

Wynn had a passion for service to others and made many good friends wherever she resided.

She forged friendships across three continents, yet none were stronger than her many, many great friends in Spokane.

The relationships with her closest PEO sisters spanned over 50 years and her Ladies Golf Club friends were also extensive.

Wynn spent 30 years of her retirement in Spokane, Washington, where she had lived in the 1950s.

She knew, befriended and supported everyone.

She came and went everywhere in Spokane, participating vigorously in community life.

A regular supporter of theatre, she was particularly fond of musicals and for many years attended “Knife and Fork” with her husband.

She famously appeared on the evening news protesting (successfully) the development of a big box store on the South Hill.

Marrying Ray opened a whole new world of travel to Wynn.

Ray was a railroad man; together they took cruises through the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas, visiting many of the highlights of Europe, went to stand on the Great Wall of China and watched polar bears wrestle in Alaskan snow.

When Ray and Wynn discovered Pismo Beach, she soon persuaded a number of Spokane couples to join their annual snowbird trips in February.

In the new millennium Wynn chased the sun all the way to Australia, where she spent time each March in Guy’s holiday home.

Wynn had a great life, a great devotion to her family, a great career of service to others, and now she has gone to a great rest.

Wynn will be interred with her first husband at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.

We will miss her.

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