She was born in Walnut Creek Township, June 29, 1918, the daughter of Levi L. Schlabach (nicknamed L.L.) and Sarah (Troyer). At age 9, Christmas day, her mother was burned and died in a kitchen fire, leaving Mattie, her older brother Roy (deceased) and Clara (Noah E. Miller). She also leaves brothers and sisters, Melvin, Abe, Katie Phillips, Mary Yutzy and Levi, Jr. (deceased).
On March 13, 1941, she married Andrew A. Miller, who died December 5, 1992. Surviving are four sons and three daughters, 22 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren: Paul (Carol) – children Amy (Mark) Schlabach – children Will, Grace, Henry and Beatrice; Ruth (Michael) Yoder – children James and Miles; Laura (Erik) Beun – children Allison, Andrew and Marcus; Roy (Ruby) – children Roy Andrew (Drew) and Susan; Levi (Gloria) – children Jakob (deceased); Hannah (Anson) Miedel – children Sadie, Aaron and Mary; Elizabeth; David (Brenda) – children Kent (Lori) – children Kyle and Megan; Abby (Matt) Yost – children Claire and Samantha; Ellen (Steve) Rohrer – child Isabelle; James (deceased) (Lynn); Rhoda (Jon) Mast – children Rachel (Ben) Smucker – children Mary, Anna and Lydia; Joseph (Marie) – children Emma, Mattie and Micah; Jonathan (Hannah Jantzi); Miriam (Veryl) Kratzer – children Amos (Amy) – children Naomi, Moses, Abigail and Deborah; Esther (Nathan) Koontz – children John, Simon, and Ann; Sarah (Kevin) Kehrberg – children Adeline, Martha and Paul; Martha (Chip) Coleman – children Silas, Ezra, Nathanael (deceased) and Jesse; Hannah (Darrell) Wenger – children Abram and Aaron; Ruth (John) Roth – children Sarah (Luke) Roth-Mullet – child Ana; Leah (Peter) Miller; Hannah (Jacob) Geyer; Mary.
She lived in Holmes County all her life. Born in Walnut Creek, she spent her childhood years on a farm in Berlin Township. In 1949 the family moved to Holmesville until 1993 moving back to her current residence within a mile of her childhood home. Until her mid-50’s she spent her time devoted to rearing eight children and helping manage the family farm. From age 57-72 she became involved in driving the Holmes County Training Center bus for the handicapped. She then spent the last 23 years volunteering at the local MCC Save n Serve store.
She loved her family, her church and her community of friends, being a faithful member of Berlin Mennonite Church. Smith-Varns/Sugarcreek is the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Berlin Mennonite (Box 217, Berlin) or Wayne (Holmes) Hospice (85 N. Grant Street, Millersburg). For those unable to attend please visit the funeral home’s website to share a memory and sign the guest register.
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