Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Obituary: Shirley Dahlene Van Gaasbeek-Miller

 Shirley Dahlene Van Gaasbeek Miller passed away peacefully June 9th, 2017.  She was born to Hazel Watts Weber Dahlene and August Denton Dahlene on September 28, 1934, in Lawrence, Kansas where she grew up and graduated from Lawrence High School.  It was in Lawrence where she met Arlen LaRue Van Gaasbeek and they were married Sept. 1, 1952 until his death in 1981.  Arlen was a Plumbing Estimator by trade but Home Builder by hobby.  Shirley enjoyed helping Arlen with building homes and became a very successful real estate agent with Hardin Stockton Real Estate. On September 26, 1981 Shirley married Dr. Robert G. Miller and moved to Baldwin, KS where Bob was a Professor at Baker University.  In 2011 Shirley and Bob moved to the Santa Marta Retirement community in Olathe, Kansas where they became very active members in many local clubs and truly enjoyed retirement.  Bob preceded Shirley in death in April, 2016.  Due to Osteoporosis Shirley had been cared for in a skilled nursing unit at Santa Marta for the last five years.  Even with her ailment Shirley remained upbeat and always smiling. 
   Shirley is survived by children, Melanie Van Gaasbeek Mc Reynolds, Diane Van Gaasbeek Lambie and husband Jim, Judy Miller Best and husband Chris and Beth Miller Neuman, 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. 


   Family will be having a small graveside service but memorial contributions in Shirley’s name may be made to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, www.nof.org/donate, Kidney Cancer Assoc., www.kidneycancer.org or Baker University, www.baker.edu.

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