|Birth: ||May 20, 1971|
|Death: ||May 2, 2009|
Susan Miller found out she was pregnant at the end of September.
Two weeks later, she found out she had cancer.
Susan and Andrew Miller celebrated their son's birth six weeks ago. The couple met while serving on the student council at Clarkston High School. The doctor wanted her to abort the baby before he would start treating the disease. To do otherwise, he said, might prove damaging to the mother and the child. Mrs. Miller and her husband didn't want to abort. They sought options. They located an oncologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston who agreed to treat Mrs. Miller. She underwent 12 weeks of chemotherapy during her pregnancy.
Today, Andrew D. Miller II is 6 weeks old and doing fine.
"She did not assume her life above the baby's," said Andrew D. Miller Sr., her husband of 15 years. "She loved being pregnant. She loved being a mother."
Children — their well-being — was the focus for the 1989 Clarkston High School grad. Two years ago, she founded Victory Christian Academy, a kindergarten through fifth-grade school in Cumming. Plans are to expand to middle grades next school term. Mrs. Miller wanted to offer young people an opportunity to thrive in small close-knit classes, her husband said.
"Public schools are an institution," he said, "so rather than try to turn that ship, she started a school."
Jennie Berry teaches a fourth- and fifth-grade class at Victory Christian. She talked to Mrs. Miller about the school after she read a newspaper advertisement about its start-up.
"I was drawn by her devotion to make sure kids have a good Christian education — a school that would love and care for them and minister to them and their families," Mrs. Berry said. "She led us in that."
Susan Simpson Miller, 37, of Cumming died Saturday of cancer at Northside Hospital. The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Cumming New Life Church. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, which is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Miller was always active in causes that reflected her core beliefs. She was never one to sit on the sidelines and complain, said her husband. He met his future wife at a student council meeting when they attended Clarkston High.
In Cumming, the 1993 Clemson University graduate served as secretary for the Forsyth County Republican Party. She co-chaired the Forsyth County Right to Life, where she organized fund-raisers, petition drives for legislation and other events.
Steve Bowman, the director of development for Georgia Right to Life, saw up close Mrs. Miller's dedication; he lives in Forsyth County and belongs to its Right to Life chapter.
"This lady was the real deal," Mr. Bowman said. "When she learned of her [pregnancy and cancer diagnosis], she knew she would not sacrifice her son's life. She had a strong ethic for life."
Survivors other than her husband and son include three daughters, Hannah Joy Miller, Madeline Helen Miller and Katelyn Ashley Miller, all of Cumming; her mother, Barbara Louise Simpson of Strongsville, Ohio; two sisters, Lisa Sherrard of Strongsville, Ohio, and Sandra Arrow of Dacula; and a brother, William Simpson of Keller, Texas.
Created by: In Memory Of My DAD
Record added: May 05, 2009
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