Myrtle May Hull Miller Downey
Myrtle, a Walker native, loved life, loved family & everyone else. She was a strong godly woman who truly trusted the Lord. She leaned on Him during the hard times, of which there were many in her younger years, and praised Him through many good and Blessed years. She loved parties, even gave herself a birthday party or two, could create a delicious meal from a few simple ingredients & loved to travel. She said “If you don’t want me to go, don’t ask because my suitcase is packed and by the door with the handle up!” By worldly standards her life was very simple. But as Paul said in Philippians 4:11 she learned to be content. She often said I have everything the rich have: a roof over my head, a good place to sleep, a car, comfortable furniture, convenient appliances, running water, indoor toilet & bath, food to eat, clothes to wear and shoes on my feet. She enjoyed singing and often sang a song that clearly communicated these thoughts “Thank You Lord for Your Blessings on Me”
Jesus became her savior as a young girl while attending Judson Baptist Church. She was baptized in a creek on Courtney Road. She was a member of Carroll Baptist for many years and enjoyed monthly senior dinners at all of the local churches. She and Maggie, her sister, often delivered a piece of fruit or other treat to people to brighten their day. Those two brightened everyone’s days with their joy & laughter!
Myrtle worked hard to support her family. Her food service career began at The Guest House where she spent her last years. She retired from Greenwell Springs Tuberculosis Hospital.
Our gracious Father blessed all of us through Myrtle. We are happy for her that her greatest adventure has begun and the angels escorted her to meet Jesus and join Heaven’s choir. Her move to Heaven will leave a huge empty spot in our hearts & lives, but she gave us lots of wonderful memories and we have the Blessed Hope of joining her there.
These remain to cherish great memories of laughter, love and the influence of her Godly example: children. Marlene Miller Welch, Danny R. & Sandy Miller, “Pat” Patrick L. & Shirley Miller, grandchildren Jeremy K. Welch, Walter S. & Donna Welch, Bill Miller, Mary Lynn Miller, Christopher “Chris” Miller, Leah & Jerry Mandrel, great grandchildren Blake Mitchell & Christopher Welch, Davon Richards of PA, Nickolas, Noah & Ryleigh Borgault, Jared & Jonathan Miller of Boone, NC, Jessie Miller, Kameron & Ethan Miller, Kolton, Jacob & Colby Mandrell, sisters-in-love Lee Blanchard, Beth & George “Dick” Provost, Milda Porter, Norma Lucille Mack, along with a host of other relatives and friends who are family too.
She is now reunited with her parents, Charlie N. & Lela C. Ballard Hull as well as husbands Carlton R. Miller and Tony Downey, son-in-love Carter Welch, grandson Steven R. Miller, siblings Roberta & Fondren Sibley, Velma & Herman Mack, Wesley “Wes” & Estelle Hull, Carl & Grace Hull, Magdalene “Maggie” & Pete Sanders, Carlton's parents Wallace E. and Annie “Grandma” Montgomery Miller, sisters & brothers-in-love Ellazine & Jonas Hill, J.L. (James) & Jewel “Billie” Miller, Hillary “Bill” Miller Gertrude & Tommy Holland, Eugene Porter, Bernard Blanchard and many other loved ones.
She is a granddaughter of Thomas Joel Ballard who was born 100 years before her and has many descendants, especially in Livingston Parish.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Jeremy Welch, Bill Miller & Chris Miller along with nephews Joe Sanders, Wayne Hull & Aaron Ellis. Honorary pallbearers are Mark “Robin” Sibley & Donnie Hull.
The family extends grateful appreciation to everyone for their love and prayers. A special Thank You to our “family” of the Baton Rouge Guest House, and the compassionate staff of The Crossing.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:30-31 NASB