Bette Miller, Doneckers vice president, dies at 87 Bette M. Miller

By on August 31, 2011

Bette M. (Donecker) Miller, 87, of Ephrata, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 at Ephrata Manor.

She was born in Elizabethtown to the late C. Paul and Violet L. (Garman) Donecker and was the wife of the late H. John Miller, who passed away in 1990.

Bette was a member of Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ, Lincoln. She was also a member of the Ephrata Woman’s Club, Eicher Arts Center and Indian Museum, Ephrata Area Social Services, Ephrata Hospital Board of Directors, Playhouse in the Park and Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley. She volunteered at the Ephrata Community Hospital.

Bette worked at the former Highland Shoe Company in Akron. In 1949, she helped to start the family business, then known as C. Paul Donecker Club Plan and General Merchandise. The business grew to be known as Doneckers Inc., a store for clothing for the family, home furnishings, restaurants, Artworks and lodging. Bette served many roles from bookkeeper to her final position as vice president. She retired in December of 1988.

Bette is survived by a son: Rev. John C., husband of Patricia A. (Byers) Miller, of Ephrata; grandson: Dr. Christopher E. Miller, of Tuebingen, Germany; granddaughter: Cara E., wife of Emilio Colon, of Bloomington, Ind.; and a brother: H. William, husband of Betty (Shober) Donecker, of Ephrata.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 27 at Zion’s Reformed UCC Church, Ephrata, with Rev. John C. Miller officiating. Interment took place in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Ephrata.

Memorial contributions in Bette’s memory may be made to Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ, 1356 Apple St., Ephrata, PA 17522 or to the Eicher Arts Center, P.O. Box 601, Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements were made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at More MILLER, page A6

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