Katie-Lynn Doris Miller, age 17, passed away on July 23, 2019, at her home in Mt. Carmel, TN surrounded by her family and friends.
On June 28, 2002, a force of nature was born into this world, and our lives are forever changed by our beloved Katie-Lynn. She inspired many along her life’s journey and brought immense joy to our world. We will hold her light in our lives and her love in our hearts as we travel along this life without her.
Knowing that with a terminal illness, her life was to be lived to the fullest, Katie’s family decided to travel across the United States in a bus that was converted into an RV by her father, experiencing many wonderful adventures together. Some highlights of her life include a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World, trips to Universal Studios and SeaWorld, zip-lining at Bay’s Mountain, completing a 2-mile hike at Gila Cliff Dwellings, sledding down the dunes at White Sands National Park, enjoying an airboat ride across the Florida everglades, and learning to ride a bike.
Things that brought her joy include bumpy rides in the bus, beach visits playing in the sand, medical catalogs, her white blanket, and Lovey, her pink bear given to her by her sisters Melissa and Hannah. Katie had a love of the water and found much joy when swimming at Give Kids the World. She loved the movie The Sandlot, and especially enjoyed the more mischievous scenes, revealing her inner prankster. She liked spending time working puzzles, playing with legos, swinging on the front porch and was especially delighted by spinning in the tree swing of her backyard.
She was a foodie all the way around, some of her favorites include ice cream, mashed potatoes, gravy biscuit, pop tarts, and pizza.
Even though Katie did not have a large vocabulary she was known to be extremely opinionated and feisty, making her needs and wants known to her family and caregivers. She loved the nurses that cared for her over the years. Katie understood a lot more than she could verbalize, and found a way to create a special connection to those who cared for her.
Katie’s faith in Jesus was pure and unwavering. She was faithful in saying her prayers each night and her favorite song was “Jesus Loves Me”. Many times she reminded her family to turn to the Lord in prayer when making decisions for her care or when in need of comfort.
In addition to her siblings, some of her best friends included long-time family friends and neighbors, Dan and Kara Cottrell, and their children; Wesley, Abi, Brittany, Kylee, and Kayden. Spending time at their home looking at books and playing together was a favorite activity for Katie.
Katie is survived by her parents, Jeff and Missy Miller; her siblings, Sierra, Melissa, Andrew, Jacob, Joshua, and Hannah; as well as her grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
We expect that she is now enjoying the love and adoration of those that have preceded her in death, her maternal great-grandparents, Dennis and Earlene Skelton; Ed and Elise Cumbee; and her maternal grandmother, Doris Skelton.
Her brother Jacob said it best in his reflections on Katie’s life, “She was a beacon of light to my family and the people around her. She will always be remembered and will always be loved.”
The family will receive visitors on Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm at their home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Katie’s honor to Child Life Services at Niswonger Children's Hospital in Johnson City, TN. Monetary donations for meals can be sent through Venmo to the account @Missy-Miller-7.