MARILYN JEAN (MJ) WAITE MILLER
OCTOBER 21, 1954 – DECEMBER 14, 2012 – A beautiful 58 years!
Born in Jerome at St Benedicts Hospital she passed peacefully surrounded by family and her dogs at home.
Marilyn graduated from Jerome High School as Valedictorian in 1975. She then attended Stevens-Henagar College in Ogden, Utah graduating as Valedictorian as well. She always said, “I study hard, do well, and then I have to get up and speak!”
Early on she moved to Alaska where she worked and played with her Uncle Harold & Aunt Genn. She then moved back to the Magic Valley to run D-Bus Co., Inc. providing home to school transportation for the Twin Falls School District. In addition to the school transportation, she operated River Rat Express in Stanley, Idaho, providing ground transportation for the whitewater river industry for 40 years. She then joined our beloved friends, Ray & Shirley Harris, in operating Harris Tours coordinating bus tours all over the United States. Again she shared her skills for organizing amazing trips showing her love for exploring & travel.
She loved Stanley and all her river “friends” and pilot “friends”. It was a fast paced life she loved and coordinated so well. Her passion for helping people radiated from her smile and her voice on the phone and aircraft radio every day. If you needed to know anything – weather, water level, road or river closures, she had the answers. No one was a stranger after talking to Marilyn!
Marilyn turned her passion for life into an airplane receiving her license on her birthday, October 21, 1980. “She was a gifted pilot and had the knowledge, skills, and approaches to the backcountry airports including the Big Creek 4” from Mike Dorris, her instructor. She loved to fly the Idaho backcountry logging well over 500 hours exploring every airstrip and drainage from east to west. She was the ultimate “talking” GPS and her yellow cub, N894MJ, was known by all! She received her sailplane rating in Hawaii with a solo flight of just over 7 hours!
She loved the outdoors and excelled at everything she did from water skiing, snow skiing, flying, floating, driving, and solving problems – she was the best.
She joins her husband Brad Lewis Miller and her brother David Eugene Waite in heaven. All of us here on earth will miss her and know she is at peace and having fun flying again.
Marilyn is survived by Marvin & Joy Aslett (stepdad & mom), Dick Waite (Dad), BZ Waite (sister), Kody & Kallie (the loyal American Eskimo puppies). There are many loving aunts, uncles, & cousins, too.
“I walk with Love along the way, And o, it is a holy day; No more I suffer cruel fear; I feel God’s presence with me here; The Joy that none can take away is mine; I walk with Love today.” Mary Baker Eddy
A celebration of Marilyn’s life will be held in Stanley, Idaho, spring of 2013. You may also leave your memories of MJ in our online guestbook at www.legacy.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Twin Falls Christian Science Church, 160 9th Avenue East, Twin Falls, ID 83301. You may also donate to the charity of your choice. Cremation is under the direction of Serenity Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.