GRANTSVILLE Della (Bender) Miller was born on July 15, 1913, near Salisbury, Pa. She was a daughter of the late Christian W. and Ida (Hershberger) Bender. She died in her home in Grantsville, on March 13, 2004, at the age of 90 years, 7 months and 27 days.

In her youth, she confessed Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, was baptized upon confession of her faith, became a member of the Conservative Mennonite Church, and continued faithfully in that fellowship until her death.

She was married to Ivan J. Miller on May 28, 1931. At the time of his death in 1989, they had shared in a marriage of 58 years. During most of those years, they worked together on their farm, and she served in the role of a pastors wife and frequently accompanied her minister husband when he served throughout the country as teacher, evangelist and revival preacher, consultant in matters of church policy, and in administrative ministries throughout the denominational conference. She will be remembered as a business leader in the community, as the co-founder and operator of The Casselman Restaurant and Inn and Casselman Ventures in Grantsville.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Timothy; a son-in-law, Roy Yoder; one great-grandchild; four brothers; and two sisters.

Della is survived by nine children, Esther M. Yoder, Grantsville, David and wife Erma, Irwin, Ohio, Rachel and husband Monroe Yoder, Bronx, N.Y., Miriam and husband Markel Maust, Accident; Joanna Miller, Grantsville, Ruth Miller Yoder, Grantsville, Dorcas and husband Glenn Lehman, Leola, Pa., Philip and friend, Darlene Saladini, Baltimore; and Stephen and wife Joni, Grantsville. She is survived by 22 grandchildren; and 30 great- grandchildren; and two sisters, Myra Maust and Fannie Miller, both of Grantsville. 
The family is grateful to the Almighty God and Heavenly Father for the faith of the departed mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and for the long life she lived. In the last weeks of her life, she expressed a readiness to depart this life to be with the Lord.

Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 179 Miller St., Grantsville, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at Maple Glen Conservative Mennonite Church on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Philip Moser and the Rev. Robert W. Yoder officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the services.

Interment will be in the church cemetery with the Rev. Ivan J. Maust officiating.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the American Bible Society or The Fresh Air Fund. 

The family expresses appreciation to relatives, friends and church for sympathies and assistance extended in this time of loss. The ministry of Garrett County Hospice is also appreciated.

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