We are so grateful for the numerous believers who pour out their time, talent and treasure year after year to invest in the mission field of public schools for God’s glory. Hundreds of folks make Ohio released time possible, especially the teachers who faithfully equip and encourage students in their districts week after week.
One such teacher was Kay Miller, of Bluffton. Kay sadly died on October 22, 2016, and is now with our Lord. This beloved released time teacher shared her love for Jesus with many schoolchildren through the Bluffton Weekday Christian Education program from 1993 to 2011. She is dearly missed. The Bluffton program celebrated 90 years in 2014 (read the article here).
As her obituary noted, Kay was born on October 23, 1953 in Hilliard, Ohio, to A.C. and Theresa Montgomery, who survive. She married Dave Miller on July 12, 1975 and he survives. Kay was a faithful wife, mother and grandmother. A graduate of Bethany College, Kay has always faithfully served in Bluffton Schools as both PTO President and on the school board. She was also a member of Bluffton Baptist Church, and served with heart in children and youth ministries.
WeCARE executive director Jenni Miller gives thanks for Kay’s exemplary service: “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to get to know Kay in the early days of our ministry — someone who had great enthusiasm even after years of teaching — and inspired younger Ohio released time teachers from around the state, who were just starting out!”
Jodi Conley says Kay passed the baton to her more than five years ago…
She said to me, ‘Jodi, this is the best job in the world.’ She would come every week to soak in the children and her heart would burst with love for them as she was so excited that they were learning about her Jesus. We would marvel as the children would grow and even sometimes stand up in class and preach a mini sermon proclaiming His glory….many times I have said in my heart…Yes Kay, this is the best job….and she was faithful to do her best for this program always wanting to improve it and make it more hands on, more real, more fun. She taught with all her love, holding nothing back. Those are big shoes to fill in such a little a lady.
Kay was cherished by her teaching teammates and children alike. Janice Basinger says…
Most of us ladies at Bluffton released time had known Kay before we ever started teaching with her. Some of us were released time walkers or we had children the same age. People knew Kay because of her servant heart for the Bluffton Schools and community. There are many things that stood out about her in the released time arena. Her love for children, her love to teach the Gospel, the creative way she would teach, and her leadership. We learned to be better servants to all people young and old. She would always stop everything to pray for you or others. She always would think before she spoke. She would say “You can’t get those words back so I try to think before I open my mouth.” Most of all we learned about faithfulness and trust in Christ through every season of your life! She had always asked us to pray that she would be Christlike through her illness and she was! Our sister in Christ is very much missed but she is now with our Lord and Savior and has been made whole again!
Although her memorial service was this past fall, we wanted to offer this space as a way to honor Kay. Please share your memories, love and encouragement to her family and community in the comments section. We also encourage you to prayerfully consider a memorial contribution to Bluffton Weekday Christian Education. Send checks made payable to Bluffton Weekday Christian Education to:
Gary Bishop, Bluffton Weekday Christian Education Treasurer
466 Riverbend Drive
Bluffton, OH 45817