Community plans life celebration for teacher
LAURIE EVERETT Mt. Juliet News Managing Editor
Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM
A "Life Celebration" to honor a legendary teacher in Wilson County is scheduled for Sunday in Lebanon so the thousands of people she touched in her 25-year Wilson County careeer can celebrate her life.
Susan Miller, a teacher for 38 combined years, was tragically killed in an automobile accident July 16. Her daughter, Sara, and son survived the accident.
Sara and her brother grew up in Mt. Juliet and are both graduates of Mt. Juliet High School. Miller and Sara relocated to Arizona last year and went to visit Sara's brother in July.
"We had a wonderful time together, and the accident happened toward the end of the trip," said Sara.
Sara's grandfather passed away three weeks later, unrelated to the accident.
She said the outpouring of support from Wilson County was amazing and helped them deal with the loss of her mother.
"We've been very touched by the kindness and support that mom's friends and former students in Wilson County have shown," she said. "We wanted to give everyone an opportunity to gather and remember the positive ways she made a difference, so we are holding a Life Celebration for mom on Sunday."
It will be at Legacy Farms in Lebanon from 3:30-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, people are urged to consider making a donation or volunteering time in Miller's honor to provide food and shelter to those in need. Two of Miller's favorites were Habitat for Humanity and Joseph's Storehouse in Wilson County.
"We believe the best way to honor mom is through random acts of kindness toward others which is something we can all do in our daily lives."
Miller taught for many years at Rutland as part of her long tenure in Wilson County. She also was a SEEK teacher, which enabled her to touch even more students.
"I can honestly say I've never met anyone as selfless as Susan," said former Rutland principal Yvonne Kittrell. "Her legacy was love. She had positive energy and ignited a room. I never saw her lose her spark and energy. She loved the Lord, He was first in her life."
Legacy Farms is at 8061 Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon.