Misty Lynn Miller

Born: Thu., Jan. 22, 1981
Died: Wed., Oct. 24, 2012

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Tue., Oct. 30, 2012
Location: Drinkwine Family Mortuary

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Misty Lynn Miller
January 22, 1981 - October 24, 2012

Misty was very much a wanted and awaited for child. There had not been a birth in the family for nine years. Robin didn't think she was going to have any children, and as the date neared for Misty's arrival, the entire family anxiously awaited. She was absolutely perfect. She had big rosy cheeks, and was beautiful. Bill was and still is the proudest father alive, and Misty thought the world of him. Misty was always above average in intelligence and very social. She loved to play with her ice cream shop, and her Woodsey family and she slept every night with her stuffed lion named Lionel. When she got excited she used to rub her feet together vigorously. The holiday and family gatherings were wonderful, as all of the cousins (Rhonda, Darren, Deanna, and Tami) had a new playmate! This made for another great playmate! Misty loved going to the park and feeding the ducks. Maybe that is where her love of animals began. Misty got her first pet when she was 18 months old; a Shitzu named Vegas. 

As it became time to start school, Misty attended Coronado elementary school. She was an outstanding student, and very much loved by her teachers. Misty was a great speller and an extremely creative and artsy girl. Misty had the opportunity to try many different things, and most things came easy to her and she excelled. She did gymnastics, horseback riding, singing lessons, cheerleading, tennis, guitar and tai kwando. Misty was hard on herself and accepted nothing short of perfection. Her friend's loved to be in her class, because, her dad would sometimes come to eat lunch with her, or bring pizza or ice cream for the whole class. He even took the entire class on some field trips. When she was about 7 years old, she was the flower girl in her cousin Rhonda's wedding. Granny made a beautiful dress for her, and she sang Blue Suede Shoes, and You are my Hero at the reception. It was during these years, that everyone realized what a truly compassionate, empathetic, caring person Misty was. She would go out of her way to befriend the disabled kid or the kid that was being bullied. All animals (spiders included), were special to Misty. She nursed and cared for many sick animals. It was like she was an animal whisperer. This characteristic stayed with her for her entire life.

Misty then attended middle school at Deer Creek. She continued to excel in school, and in the eighth grade, she was one of two recipients in Colorado to receive the Junior Achievement Award. She also continued to be very creative. Everyone could always expect to get homemade crafts and cards from Misty. 
Misty went on to attend Chatfield High School, and graduated from Highlands Ranch High School. She held various jobs all working with the public. Everywhere Misty went, she made friends, and everyone knew how lively, funny, and vivacious she was by the time she left. She was one heck of a wheeler dealer, and was always sure to ask for her "mall discount".

We almost lost Misty one other time. She was brave and tried to stay strong through her constant pain. This time again, she remained strong, and was still trying to take care of others all while she was in agonizing pain. She stayed strong, until she couldn't any longer. Misty lost her battle to Melanoma Cancer in Lone Tree, Colorado on October 24, 2012. 

Misty is survived by her Father and Mother, Bill and Robin Miller; Friend, Gus; Grandmother, Bettye Rathbun; Aunt, Dee Rathbun;  Uncles, Tim Rathbun,  Brad, Brent and Scott Miller; numerous cousins, extended family members and many friends.

A Celebration of Life will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Drinkwine Family Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make  donations, "In Misty's Name" to, The Melanoma Research Foundation, at 1411 K Street, NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20005 or visit : http://www.melanoma.org/community/memorials.

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Joann Baldwin DeLapp
   Posted Sat October 27, 2012
Misty, we will all miss you. You are such a force from golf, to Starbucks, funny silly self, kitty cat H, cadillac, flowers and nature, feeding birds......So many wonderful memories, see you later, love j and p and k

   Posted Mon October 29, 2012
Misty I miss and love you so much. It is so hard to say good-bye when I can't beleive your gone. My heart is broken for all the suffering you had to do for this long journey that I will never understand. I know heaven is brighter just because you're there. I prayed so hard for a miracle so you could stay, but god has another plan and took you away. Not a day will go by that I will remember how lucky I was that god picked me to be Misty's Mom....You were the BEST DAUGHTER in the World. You were everything to your Dad and I We loved you the Most...Love Mom xo and Dad xo

Dee Rathbun (aunt Dee)
   Posted Mon October 29, 2012
Dearest Misty,
God called you home. We wanted to keep you here with us. I will forever cherish all the precious memories that you left with us. You are
a "very special" girl, an irreplaceable part of our family. I don''''t know what we are going to do without you. I will always miss you, until we meet again. Know how much I love you.

Aunt Dee

The Hammonds, Jan, Gil & Andrew
   Posted Mon October 29, 2012
Words cannot express how very sad we are. We loved Misty as our own, and always will..Watching her grow up as neighbors was a delight, and her presence warmed all who were around her. Misty and her smile will live on, in our hearts and minds...please know that we are here for you..
Sending love and hugs, Jan, Gil & Andrew

Brandy Cox
   Posted Mon October 29, 2012
I have many wonderful childhood memories with Misty, we spent many weekends and after school days together. We were very close for many years and I have thought of her often over the years, so sorry we lost contact. Prayers for her family during this tough time.

Christina Akin
   Posted Mon October 29, 2012
Misty you were our fun sweet neighbor that became part of our family. Thank you for laughing with me and at me. Thank you for being so unselfish with your time when my kids wanted to play. Thank you for encouraging us. Thank you for being my friend. I will really miss you.

Serene Hamilton-Toney
   Posted Mon October 29, 2012
Misty,what can I say. You will be missed more than words can explain. You always made me smile,from the office I''m high school,to us riding motorcycles until the sun went down. What a great childhood we had together. Our memories will always leave a smile on my face,and the life lessons we learned together will make me a better person and mother everyday I''m here. Thank you for being such a good friend and always making me smile. Your in my heart forever.

Mandy Krien (Dugan)
   Posted Mon October 29, 2012
Misty and I spent a lot of time together in elementary and middle school, birthday parties, Fun Plex, swimming in the back yard pool. She was a wonderful friend always caring about others before herself. Misty touched the lives of so many and will be deeply missed.

Kelly Everett
   Posted Tue October 30, 2012
I remember every time I saw Misty threw the years it wasn''t to often but when I did she grew from a fun, loving, caring child into a beautiful, exciting and vivacious woman. She made me laugh alot. She always seemed to be living life to the fullest. I am so glad she did and now she is in heaven making everyone laugh and have fun. Bill and Robin I am so sorry you are hurting so but know she is watching over you and wants you to live life to your fullest too. You raised an amazing girl, and should be so proud. Love always, your friend, Kelly

Becky, Sarah, Autumn and Cameron
   Posted Tue October 30, 2012
Bill, Robin and family our hearts are hurting for your loss. What wonderful memories she has left us all with. Misty was a unique and free spirit that can never be replaced. Family gatherings will not be the same without her there. She made friends wherever she went. Autumn misses her buddy. Hugs and prayers your way.

Michelle Humel
   Posted Tue October 30, 2012
Although I have not seen Misty since High School, she was a good friend from Junior High on. She was funny and always a joy to be around. I have tons of wonderful memories of time together when we were younger. My deepest Sympathies to her family.

David & Burnie Trevino
   Posted Tue October 30, 2012
Misty, David & I did not have the opportunity to get to know you well. We do know how much you were loved by your mother and Gus. We are sorry for all the suffering you had to endure in you young life. Know that you brought so much joy and happinesss into your mothers life. One cannot help but think that was one of God''s purposes for your short life. Be at peace in God''s love and amazing grace. David & Burnie

Lil Koehn
   Posted Thu November 01, 2012
Sweet, sweet Misty,
I have tears streaming down my face as I write this. You always accepted me as part of your family all the time I dated your Bobo. Your mom and dad lived for you. Sorry you had to suffer here on earth, but I know you are free of pain now and will light up heaven just by being there. I love you.

   Posted Thu November 01, 2012
Misty, you were always a special person; you really took care of the people who loved you and the people you loved. You were, indeed, a caretaker to everyone. You were always quick to compliment others and you made those around you feel important. I remember your love of animals and how you took over the care of my dog the last time I saw you. I remember your pet lizards and how loving you were toward them. You had a spirit of joy and fun and you will be so missed. I guess God needed you to spread that cheer among the other angels. Rest in Peace dear one! I am so very sorry Robin and Bill! Shirley

Tami Nickerson
   Posted Sun November 04, 2012
Misty, I already miss you so much. You were the shining star of our family
with all your funny stories and games and little adventures I have so many memories that make me smile and cry. There wont be a day that goes by that i don't think about you and miss you like crazy, Misty you are the BEST cousin ever!! Love, Tami

Angie Ortega
   Posted Thu November 08, 2012
Misty, Your loving hugs, your friendly smile and your loving heart are forever going to be missed. I was very lucky to have you as "my angel" instead of you always telling me I was your angel. I know you will always be watching down from up above and keeping us safe. You were a treasure in all of the lives you touched and God is very lucky to have you all to himself now. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you and your loving family. Love and miss ya.

   Posted Sat January 26, 2013
When your mom sent the news of your passing it was right after Christmas. Still in denial you are gone. Everytime I start to cry I end up laughing so hard and I know you are laughing too. You were a huge part of the boys & I's life. You helped with every birthday & major event when they were little. They couldn't wait to see what we came up with each year! Thinking of all the fun we had, crazy moments and how your amazing positive personality truly did keep me young & smiling. Your carefree, outgoing, big smile and over the top personality reminded me everyday since we last spoke & emailed to just keep going for it. You were the only one who encouraged me to go after anything, no matter how over the top the idea was. Thank you for being such an inspiration. The boys & I love you & dearly miss you. I know when I can't keep an eye on them, now you can help do from up above. Love, Marz & Emilio & Luke