Stuart Craig Miller

Born in Kansas City, Missouri on January 11, 1947

Departed on February 17, 2019 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Mr. Stuart Craig Miller of Hendersonville, TN was called home by the Lord on Sunday the 17th of February 2019.

Craig, as everyone knew him, was born in Kansas City Missouri on January 11th, 1947 to the late Harry Stuart Miller and Edith Frakes Miller. Throughout his childhood Craig was very much into reading and music of all types. In High School Craig was on the wrestling team. He began his college education at the University of Missouri where he played the french horn in the marching band. He continued his education at George Washington University where Craig graduated with a Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration. Craig always enjoyed school and learning and continued taking classes throughout life that peaked his interest.

Following college Craig moved home to Missouri where he began his career as an Associate Administrator for Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City form 1970-1978. From there he moved to Flint, MI where he was the Vice President at Saint Joseph Hospital from 1978-1987. Looking for warmer weather, Florida was the next move where Craig was a Vice President at Mease Hospital in Clearwater from 1987-1999. Craig finished his career at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA working from 1999-2015. There he was a Vice President who played a major roll in building the new addition to the hospital.

Craig had many interests and hobbies throughout life including; golfing, music (both the piano and guitar), photography, and bird watching. Craig was also an avid reader and amassed a large collection of books which he thoroughly enjoyed. His secret hobby throughout the later part of his life was playing video games on his computer which may surprise people who knew him. His favorite game was World of Warcraft which he not only played; he studied, read countless books and articles, and watched many videos online. Like everything in life, he took his games serious and was very cerebral in his playing.

Where ever he was, Craig enjoyed being part of a group and helping the community. He was an Elk, and a Rotarian amongst other groups. But the one group that he was most proud of was being part of the church. Craig converted to Catholicism as an adult and truly lived the life of a Catholic Man. He has been in the Knights of Columbus for quite some time. After retiring and moving to Tennessee, he became very active as a parishioner at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Hendersonville. He regularly attended Bible Study and made some wonderful friends through the church.

Survivors include his beloved wife Sally Hill Miller of Hendersonville, TN whom he has been married to for 44 years. Craig has two sons; John Miller of Hendersonville, TN and Matthew Miller of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Papa’s pride and joy is his Granddaughter Alexis Miller who played a big part in his life as a singer when he played the piano or guitar, a model for his photography, and an audience for him to read to. Craig’s name will be continued on with the soon expected birth of a grandson Stuart Matteo Miller. Craig also leaves behind uncles/aunts, cousins, brother/sister in laws and many nieces/nephews.

A Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life to follow will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 11:00am at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. A graveside service will take place in the Spring in Kansas City, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request memorial contributions be made in Craig’s name to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation National Processing Center,
Attn: Honor and Memorial Gifts
P.O. Box 1245
Albert Lea, MN 56007

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17 Comments to Stuart Craig Miller

  1. Cindy L. boyer
    February 20, 2019 3:30 pm

    Sally and Family,

    So very sorry to learn of Craig’s passing. May God bless you all.

    Cindy L. Boyer and Family

  2. Bob Friedlein
    February 24, 2019 12:41 pm

    Craig was a fellow Rotarian in Santa Maria. He was most often quite quiet and thoughtful and yet had a quick wit and sly sense of humor. I most admired him for his large roll in the building of the new Marian Medical Center. We both left Santa Maria about the same time and kept in touch for some time. I wish it could have been longer.

    February 24, 2019 9:26 pm

    Well Craig, I had hoped you would enjoy many more years of retirement before God called you back. I worked at Marian Medical Center and remember your dry sense of humor and quick wit. You were a good friend when Dave died and would sit with me and share a cup of coffee just to let me decompress after I came back to work
    Thank you so much. I have never forgot your kindness.
    Rest well.

  4. Debbie Mockler-Young
    February 25, 2019 8:21 am

    I learned so much from Craig when he worked at Marian and have missed him sent he left us here. I pray for Sally and the rest of the family for comfort and peace during this time.

  5. Nancy Felton
    February 25, 2019 12:20 pm

    I worked for/with Craig at Marian for seven years. He was a kind, bright, and caring man that was also honest, and always easy to talk with. I respected him very much. I know there were many times he wasn’t well, but you wouldn’t know it by his words or actions. He was a gentleman and I’m glad to have known him. My condolences to Sally and his family and friends.

    • Dennis Carter
      February 26, 2019 9:44 am

      Dennis and Dawnya Carter
      Craig and Sally were our next door neighbor s. We remember Craig as a kind gentle man.He had a dry , fun loving sense of humor. We always looked forward to spending time with Craig and Sally.
      The new addition to Marian Hospital is a tribute to Craig and his administrative abilities.
      Our thoughts and prayers are with Sally and the family.

  6. Janet Datu
    February 27, 2019 3:01 am

    For the number of years I supported Craig in his administrative role at Marian Medical Center, I am truly grateful. He shared so many gifts and talents with each of us. I appreciate all I learned from him, too. What a kind and generous Godly man! You will be missed.

    Blessings to Sally, John, Matt, Lexi, and all…

    Janet Datu

  7. Julie Banter
    February 27, 2019 11:54 am

    Working with Craig was such a blessing. I think of him often as he taught me so much regarding leases and life. His sense of humor would shine as the times that I needed it the most, somehow he just knew when I needed a little encouragement. His love for his family was evident as he spoke so highly of them all the time. My prayers go out to all the family as I know you must be missing him so!

    Love and Prayers,


  8. Juliana Jaramillo
    February 27, 2019 12:54 pm

    I had the honor of working alongside Craig for the duration of the Marian Medical Center Expansion project. I am forever grateful for his mentorship and guidance during the early years of my career in health care.
    To Sally and the rest of the family, may God give you comfort and peace knowing that Craig’s legacy lives on by all that he shared and gifted to others.

    Juliana Jaramillo

  9. Jerry Vogler
    February 27, 2019 8:38 pm

    From 1978 to 1987 I worked and played with Craig in Flint MI. We joined the Elks together so we could play golf together and our families could enjoy the pool and clubhouse.. He was a smart and conscientious executive. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  10. Shauna Wilkins
    March 6, 2019 2:03 am

    I enjoyed working with Craig at MMC all the years he was there. He was always kind, caring and supportive. He had a great sense of humor but you had to watch for it! I walked with Craig when we did the 10 mile walk for diabetes years ago and had a great time. I pray for your family to find peace and love in your memories.

  11. Paula VanGalio
    March 14, 2019 12:42 pm

    I remember Craig’s laugh. If you said something that he thought was really funny, his laugh was hearty and genuine. He was kind and thoughtful, and spent time contemplating options before giving reasoned solutions to a problem. I remember a conversation about a trip he made to the Getty Museum, and his sincere appreciation of the art he had the opportunity to see. The Marian addition was a huge undertaking, but Craig seemed to approach it with eyes wide open, knowing there would be bumps along the way, but keeping the focus on the outcome and the many people in the Santa Maria community who would benefit from it.
    Sally and family, you have so much to celebrate. I pray that your memories together will comfort you in the months ahead.

  12. Carol Jennings
    March 16, 2019 9:53 pm

    I worked with Craig in Flint from 1978-1987. He was a wonderful mentor and had a great sense of humor.

  13. Christie Gill
    March 21, 2019 3:36 pm

    Dear Sally and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. He was a very special part of my early years, and I remember him fondly as a wonderful cousin! He was funny and smart and loved to make me laugh… He was also an inspiration to me as a musician. He sought beauty and excellence, and inspired me to do the same when I first studied the piano. Thank you for the honor of singing at your wedding, and allowing me to share in the joys of that special time.
    I hope many wonderful memories bring you comfort in the days to come~
    With love, Christie Gill – San Pedro, CA

  14. Larry L. Frakes
    May 1, 2019 6:43 pm

    I have just learned of Craig’s passing, although I have not seen Craig in 60 years I have thought of him from time to time as I do all my 1st cousins. His mom and dad were very dear to me and I always admired my Uncle Stuarts intelligence and how he used it and Aunt Edith’s elegance and kindness. I knew that would pass to Craig. I wish peace to all.

  15. Rita Frakes
    May 6, 2019 11:44 am

    I just finished viewing the memorial video after learning of Craig’s passing. What a beautiful tribute. Haven’t seen Craig in many years but a big family like the Frakes’ get spread out far from each other over the years. Uncle Stuart and Aunt Edith were so fun and were always so kind, I am so sorry for the loss you are feeling. God bless .

  16. Patricia L Ouellet
    December 10, 2019 11:53 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Craig Miller. He helped us through our understanding of leases, and oftentimes did our deals with a handshake. He was an honest guy. He took time for us, time that not a lot of people give these days. The world has lost quite a man, taken too soon from us all. Sally and family I pray for comfort and peace for you. Rest in peace Mr. Miller.

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