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Brenda Miller

d. July 3, 2020

Brenda Miller, age 67, of Fancy Prairie, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020 at her residence. 

She was born June 10, 1953 in Springfield, Illinois the daughter of James and Barbara (Jennings) Nichelson.

Brenda married Terry Miller on February 9, 1980 at Church of the Brethren in Girard.

Brenda is survived by her husband, Terry; children, Travis (wife Ashley) Miller and Chase Miller; grandchildren, Olivia, Calvin, Aidan, and Walker; sister, Linda Coker; brothers, Dudley (wife Pam) Nichelson and Curt (wife Kathy) Nichelson; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by both parents.

Brenda worked for Illinois Department of Transportation for 28 years and owned and operated Cherished Memories in Lincoln for over 20 years.

She cherished spending time with her grandchildren, loved watching western shows or movies, enjoyed playing slots, and going to garage sales.

Visitation for Brenda will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 5:00 until 7:00 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 9, 2020 also at the funeral home.  Graveside services will be held immediately after the funeral.

Memorials can be made to American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.


  1. I am so sorry for your loss

  2. This is not possible. Brenda was a vibrant, fun loving addition to Fancy Prairie when she and Terry married. It just seems like yesterday. She was just down the street if I needed any thing those last years I lived in th Prairie. Over recent years, since I moved I have not seen her often but when I did it was included lots of memories and laughing. And there was usually a grandchild or two along. She was one of the many Miller family members who kept that little town going. To Terry and the rest of the family it is a tough time, but remember all the wonderful experiences you shared.

  3. Terry and Family
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with Brenda at IDOT. All of us girls had a great and fun time together. I’m sure she had many wonderful times with her family. May you all have great memories.

    Blinda Rawlings

  4. May God bless and keep your family during this time of sorrow. May He give you peace that surpasses all understanding and guard your heart through Christ Jesus.

  5. Can’t believe it. She was the funniest,nicest person ever. Rest In Peace my dear old friend…..

  6. Brenda was an amazing women. God truly blessed me with such a loving mother-in-law. She was an amazing meme to our babies. She will truly be missed.

    Ashley Miller

  7. Terry and family ~ I was shocked and saddened to read of Brenda’s passing. I have not been to the Prairie for awhile, but remember fondly living there and the closeness of all the families. May you hold tight to your memories!
    In sympathy ~
    Diane LeSeure Stotlar

  8. I was so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. I have known her since first grade, and we graduated together. She was so funny! My condolences to her family.

  9. Thinking of all of you and the wonderful memories of Brenda and her family. I have known Brenda all of her life, she and all of her family are very special to me. Love, Dorothy

  10. I’m so sorry for your loss. Brenda was such a pleasure to be with, always had a smile, a kind word and a wonderful laugh. She will be missed.

  11. I’m so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing, we were “besties” all the way through school. She was so much fun. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

  12. Terry and family.
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Our deepest and sincere condolences.

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