August 20, 1931 - April 16, 2022
Our mom, Roberta Mae (Troughton) Miller, known affectionately as “Bert” passed peacefully on Saturday, April 16, 2022 in Topeka, KS. She was the only daughter of Thomas Donald Sr. and Mildred Blanche (Bontrager) that celebrated her birth August 20, 1931 in Wetmore, KS. She was raised on a farm along with her brother Thomas Donald Jr and step brother LeRoy McKeever. She loved growing up on the farm with her prized 4-H pigs and cows. She graduated from Wetmore High School in 1948 and was proud to be a Wetmore Cardinal.
She was in awe of our dad Jack Miller from the big city of Holton, KS. She spoke often about him being a superb skater at the roller rink and a WWII sailor. They married September 3, 1950 and started their family in Holton, KS on a farm that is now the location of Holton Community hospital. Together they raised 4 children, Jackie (Diane), Pamela (Robert) Wood, David (Tamara), and Sherri (Kevin) Clark. While living in Holton she worked at Cooper’s Drug Store, Slimmer’s Dress factory, and was a telephone operator for Bell telephone.
Jack and Roberta moved their family to Topeka, KS in 1963. She worked nights as a telephone operator at St. Vail Hospital while attending Stewarts Beauty School. After graduating from Stewart’s she opened Bert’s Northland Beauty Salon at Northland Shopping center and also later at her home. She and Jack owned and operated Miller’s Northland Standard in the same shopping center. They later divorced.