Roberta Mae (Troughton) Miller
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.
In the following years Bert, along with her partner Jerry and protege Rodney owned several businesses that included JR’s Tavern, Bert’s Beauty salon in Pauline, KS, Wiggies beauty salon, liquor, and convenience store, A-1 new and used restaurant equipment, Canterbury Catering Service, and Keck’s Steak House. She also earned her insurance license and sold policies to many farm communities in NE Kansas.
Our mom always greeted everyone with a smile and had an open door policy. Everybody was welcome in her home. She knew no strangers. She enjoyed making Christmas morning special for her family with her traditional red hot punch and fried oysters. Her Easter egg hunts were always special with her grandchildren. She so much enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting and life events.
K-State was the team she rooted for, was a season ticket holder and her tailgating feast was admired by many fans. Her love for life included dancing, traveling, and going to the casino with her friends. She accomplished and overcame many obstacles in her life. Our mother will be remembered for being a diva of fashion from her always on trend clothing, jewelry, hair, nails, make-up and 4 inch heels! Her art work and crafts are a reflection of her life and as unique as she was. She loved us all!
She leaves behind her 4 children, grandchildren Scott , Nikki, Jeremy, Stefan, Holly, Erin, Krista, Lil Dave, Whitney, Mikaela, Josh, Jason, Jared and 32 great grandchildren, her beloved brother’s 2 children Jim and TJ, cousins Bob (Jimmy Ruth) and Barbara and many close friends and extended family. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother, step brother, loving sister in laws Jenny and Barbara and 2 nephews Tom and Richard.
Our mom’s celebration of life will be held 5 PM to 10 PM Friday, May 6, 2022 at the Perry American Legion, 410 Perry Pl, Perry, KS.