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Miller honored for three decades of volunteerism
MARYSVILLE — Mayor Jon Nehring is proud to honor Mary Jane Miller as Volunteer of the Month for her decades-long community service that has benefitted local students, hospital patients and their loved ones, as well as many others fortunate enough to know her.
"Mary Jane has touched so many lives, and it isn't until you look at her selfless volunteerism from every angle that you begin to realize that it cuts across many generations," Nehring said, as he presented the award to Miller at a recent City Council meeting, which was also attended by her daughter Susie.
For 27 years, Miller has served as a board member on the Career and Technical Education General Advisory Council for the Marysville School District, and has chaired the Marysville Alternative High School Site Council, for what's now known as Marysville Mountain View High School.
Rather than simply donating money, Miller prefers to work directly with Mountain View students and staff at the school itself. She often questions students and staff to see how contributions can best be used to help students succeed, and she recently dared students that she would take them bowling if they earned good grades. According to Nehring, she made good on her challenge, "prompting a run on bowling shoe rentals."
Miller has also given generously to the Marysville-Pilchuck High School Music Department and Booster Club, and her equally significant work with the Marysville Soroptomists was also cited. Through her involvement in education and Soroptimist activities, Miller has been named the National Camp Fire Council Woman of the Year, the Vocational Education Contributor of the Year and the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Marysville Rotary Club.
Miller has long had a soft spot for senior citizens, and she seeks to bring a little entertainment into their days. For years, she and her husband Ross, who passed away last October, went to the Marysville Care Center to lead sing-a-longs each month, to celebrate the residents' birthdays.
Miller's service extends outside Marysville as well. She is currently on the board of Providence General Children's Association, and now serves as president of Guild VIII of the association. She has also volunteered in the Family Surgery Waiting Room at Providence for decades.