Thursday, May 23, 2013

Miller Pads & Paper: The homeschool world loses one of our own

A highlight of my trips to the Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) conventions in Richmond was a visit at Miller Pads & Paper, a business run by the Miller family who were familiar faces year after year. Their drawing supplies provided hours of entertainment for my children during our homeschooling years, and their extremely affordable prices were appreciated by our one-income family.

Today the sad news was received that Randy Miller, patriarch of the family, collapsed and died while setting up for the Florida homeschool convention while other members of his family were in North Carolina for that convention.

Homeschool friend and fellow PEACH mom Denise alerted to the tragedy today and noted a very honest sentiment: "What a reminder that life is precious, and what a testimony that we touch many, many people with our lives." How very true.

Here is the memorial written about Randy Miller. What we make of our lives now is how we will be remembered when we are gone.
Randy Miller of Miller Pads and Paper passed away suddenly Wednesday, May 22, while setting up for Florida’s FPEA homeschool convention.

Randy and Renee Miller are gracious, kind people. Their friendship has blessed so many around the country. Never seeking their own, but always looking to serve and love, Randy and Renee dedicated their lives to providing affordable resources for Christian families. Their dedication to the homeschool community is worthy of admiration.

Randy was a “big bear” kind of man, a gentle soul who was always providing a smile and hope to those he encountered. A hardworking man, he is remembered for diving into a lake to collect golf balls and turning them in for money to provide for his family. His grandchildren called him “Papa” and loved climbing on his big shoulders. Family and friends will miss his hugs and his deep mellow voice. The homeschool community will miss his presence and his care.

Miller Pads and Paper is a family-based business located in southwest Wisconsin. The Miller family has served the homeschool community for over twenty years, providing paper products and art supplies. Randy is survived by his loving wife Renee, four children, and five grandchildren.

Please make a donation to his family through Paypal or support the family business this season by purchasing at a convention (see 2013 convention schedule) or by shopping online.

Most of all, HEDUA and all vendors in the homeschool community ask that you keep the Miller family in your prayers as they grieve the loss of a husband, father, and grandfather.

The Entire Homeschool Vendor Community
Prayers go to the Miller family from the homescholers they touched throughout the years.

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