NORMAN — Sondra Jean Hughes Miller passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2013, after a brief fight with cancer. She was born May 29, 1940, in Henryetta to Josephine Pearl Blackburn and Alvin Chester Hughes.
Sondra had many hobbies, including gardening, showing dogs and judging dog shows. Her favorite breed was the Belgian Tervuren. As a sweet friend of Sondra’s pointed out, those beloved dogs will be waiting for her at the rainbow bridge. Though she loved her Belgians, mom had a soft-spot for all animals. After her last Belgian died in 2009, she found her final K-9 companion at Second Chance. Loco, a Basenji mix, had been adopted twice and brought back because of her rambunctious nature. Mom knew that if she didn’t adopt her, Loco would spend the rest of her life in a shelter. Though mom rescued Loco, we believe Loco rescued mom, as well.
Sondra loved gardening and had an incredible green thumb. She would often buy plants and flowers that had been discounted because they were beyond saving and would bring them back to life. Her gardens have always been the subject of envy. Her daughter, Jenny, would often call her when she was shopping for flowers and ask her for advice or just talk with her about all the different flowers and plants the nurseries had.
She instilled in her kids a love for story through long conversations, reading books, old radio programs, and movies — she was a drive-in movie junkie.
Sondra is survived by her son, Chris Miller and his three children, Maci, Nathan and Dilan Miller; and daughter, Jenny Miller Newell and her husband Rick Newell and their three children, Kyla, Tyler and Corey Newell. She is also survived by her younger sister and best friend, Jeanie Black of Aurora, Colo.; her oldest sister, Alice Taylor of Henryetta; her youngest sister, Sharon Hughes of Tulsa; her brothers Mike Hughes of Verdigris and Kurt Myers of San Bernardino, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Our mom was one of the kindest people you would ever meet, would give her last dollar to someone who needed it more, the shirt off her back, her time or her expertise. If you had the opportunity to meet her, you were better for it. We have lost our greatest advocate, cheerleader and friend.
We would like to thank Dr. Mudassir Nawaz, the wonderful nurses and aides in the Progressive Care Unit, the Intensive Care Unit and the Palliative Care area of Norman Regional Hospital, Dr. Meril Weber for her kind words and advice; and the nurses, aides and social workers of Crossroads Hospice.
A private memorial service will be hosted at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Sondra to the Crossroads Hospice, 701 SE 82nd, Oklahoma City, OK 73149; or Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, 4500 24th Ave. NW, Norman, OK 73069.
Norman Transcript, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
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