Linda Georgie Miller, 81, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away on July 29, 2022, at home in Gilbert, Arizona. Memorial services will be held on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 10AM at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa. For more information go to www.bunkerfuneral.com.
Linda was born to Elnora Herlacher and George Mathews in Pima, Arizona on March 31, 1941. She graduated an accomplished scholar and outstanding athlete from Pima High School in 1959, attended Eastern Arizona College, and graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. To support her family, Linda held many jobs, including started a preschool in Pima and in Clifton, Arizona (“Linda’s Little Learners”), worked as a librarian, for the Copper Era newspaper, Phelps Dodge, and an optician to name a few. She ended her career in banking, beginning with Valley National Bank and ending with Bank One as a vice president. She retired from banking in 1999.
Linda adored her husband, Jim, a man she considered her soulmate. Linda was dedicated to her family and was never happier than when she was with them. She loved her children and great grandchildren, but her grandchildren were truly the light of her life.
She is survived by her husband, James “Jimmy” Miller, the love of her life; four children, Justin (Jane) Upton, Stephanie (Arnold) Espinoza, Heather Evans, Corbett (Laurie) Upton, and stepchildren Jason (Karissa) Miller and Michelle (Kevin) Bunger; 10 grandchildren: Derek and Trevor Espinoza, Haley, Ryan, and Hilary Evans, Shannon Upton, Kailey Devries, Nick Bunger, Hannah and Zoey Miller; and nine great grandchildren: Lyla, Leo, Alea, Daphne, Isaac, Elliott, and three more TBA very soon. She is also survived by her sisters Anita Plant and Nora “Jeannie” Kuczynski. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, brother James “Butch” Mathews, son-in-law Rodger Evans, her high school sweetheart and father of her children, Larry Upton, and her grandparents Earl and Velva Long.
If you wish, Linda would appreciate a memorial donation in her name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.
I have known and loved Linda for years through my friendship with her daughter Heather Evans. She was like a part of my family. I know her to be an intelligent, funny and remarkable lady. She will be missed. I apologize that I cannot show my respects for her on Friday as she deserves, but it is my first week as a teacher back at school. My thoughts and prayers are with her family as they walk through this difficult time.
My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to all of you who loved her. She was always kind to me when I was a little girl. My first friends were Heather and Corbett. We lived next door in Clifton, AZ. Our paths crossed again in Yuma, AZ when we were in high school. I remember thinking she was a beautiful, strong woman. My heart is with all of you. My mom is sick so we won’t be able to attend. We would have traveled there to pay our respects to your wonderful mama. We send our love and prayers.
We all miss you Linda. You were strong. Loved playing Yahtzee. You were loved by all. The oldest of the three sister’s. May god bless your family . Love you all family. Sheila. Ps had a good time playing games of Yahtzee this last visit.
I met Linda in Clifton AZ. She was my next door neighbor. I found her to be an admirable women. My heart and prayers go to her children. Your family is often in my thoughts and always wishing for the best. Loved your mom.
I was just thinking of Linda recently….remembering visiting with her years ago when I was serving as a Relief Society president in a Gilbert ward. She was such a sweet lady…..still is… and when I saw this notice I wanted to express my love for her and sadness at her passing. I hope the family will feel peace and comfort as she makes this transition. I know she will be dearly missed.