Debra Jean Miller was born in Haskell, Texas, on December 27, 1955, to Charles Raymond Rhoades and Glenna Faye Toliver.
At a very young age, Debra left Haskell, Texas, as her family moved to Abilene, Texas. She attended and graduated from high school in Abilene, Texas. Upon graduation, her next stop was at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University and began her nursing career with great enthusiasm.
While attending nursing school, she met the love of her life Joe “Beau” Oliver Miller, Jr., who was attending dental school also at Baylor. They were subsequently married and moved to Germany as Joe had enlisted into the Air Force. They resided in Germany and became new parents with the birth of their two children. In the 1980s, Debra traveled with her husband as they decided to move to Dripping Springs, Texas. Joe set up his dental practice and Debra began her nursing career.
Always eager to explore new avenues, she worked for Wyeth for several years and eventually retired with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Debra was passionate about finding cures and wasn’t satisfied to retire; she performed consulting and protocol research for several pharmaceutical companies. She continued to work until her health took a decline in 2019, and she passed away surrounded by her family on October 18, 2020.
Debra was an avid stitcher and even hand stitched Christmas stockings for her family. The Hill Country was her home, but she loved to travel the world, ski and spend as much time as possible with her grandsons.
Debra is survived by husband, Joe “Beau” Oliver Miller, daughter; Michael Currie and husband Kristopher; their children: Joaquin, Laurencio, and Rafael; son, Marc Miller; and sister, Dana Marsh.
She is preceded in death by her father; Charles Raymond Rhoads and mother, Glenna Faye Toliver.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Grand Parkway Chapel in Katy, where a memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, with Chaplain Daniel Schramm officiating.