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“I am so sorry for your loss. Death is never a welcomed event, but it is an event we do not look forward to but we all experience. I have been greatly...Read More »
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“To the family of Terttu Miller,I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those...Read More »
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Terttu "Teri" Miller was born in Viipuri, Finland to Eero Armas and Martta (Alanne) Oksman. Her father was a locomotive engineer for the Finnish railroad. She had an idyllic childhood which was disrupted by war when she was nine. Her family home was bombed and that area of Finland was ceded to the Soviet Union. The family resettled in Pori, Finland after the war where she completed her secondary education. Teri completed Nursing School in Pori; Midwife School, an anesthesia program and a graduate school program in Nursing Administration in Helsinki. She worked in hospitals in Kuusankoski, Heinola and Helsinki in Finland and was the Assistant Director of Nursing at the Women's Hospital in Helsinki in 1963 when she met and married Henry John Maki. Henry brought his bride back to Lake Worth, Florida where he was a general contractor. Lake Worth was the center of a large community of Finnish speaking people and Teri was very involved in the Finnish Lutheran Church, St. Andrews, and in many civic and social organizations. Teri and Henry had two children, Liisa and Eero. Sadly, Henry passed away in 1977. In Florida, Teri worked at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital and later served as the director of the Finnish American Rest Home where she met Leo Miller. His father was a resident at the facility. Teri and Leo where married on April 6, 1991. They had over 20 great years together and enjoyed traveling to Europe and China and spent most of their summers in Oregon. After Leo's passing in 2011, Teri moved to Albany to be near her daughter. She was lovingly cared for by the staff at Timberwood Court and scarcely a day went by when she did not see her daughter. She is survived by her children: Liisa Reid and husband Richard of Albany, Eero Maki and wife Angela of Atlanta, grandchildren Nathan Reid and Henry, Charlie and Thomas Maki. She is also survived by Carl & Jacquie Miekka of Katy, TX, Larry and Pat Miller of Atlanta and Paul and Luann Miller of Baltimore and their families and cousins and their families in Finland. A memorial Service will be at the Albany United Presbyterian Church at 11am; Tuesday April 21, 2015. She will be interred this summer in Heinola, Finland with her parents. Contributions may be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice in care of Fisher Funeral Home; 306 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321.

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