1932 - 2021
Walton\'s Funerals & Cremations - Sierra Chapel
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PEARL MILLER 07/12/1932 - 05/17/2021 Reno, Nevada - With very heavy hearts we announce the passing of Pearl Miller on May 17, 2021. Born in Reipetown, Nevada on July 12, 1932 to Joe Miller and Marta Korac Miller, proud Yugoslavian immigrants who worked hard and loved their family. Pearl was one of 10 children. Pearl loved sharing stories and had great memories of her childhood in Reipetown. She was very proud of her Serbian heritage and of being part of the White Pine County community. Attending grade school in Kimberly, Nevada and high school in Ely, Pearl moved to Reno after graduation. With the support and encouragement of her sister Dorothy and her family, Pearl completed her education at Reno Business College. Her first job was with the Boy Scouts of America. After one year, Pearl went to work for the Nevada State Health Department where she served 26 years. All the while caring for her mother until Marta's death in 1970. Pearl received a call one day, asking if she wanted a job working for Governor Michael O'Callahan. She accepted the position of secretary to Chris Schaller, Governor O'Callahan's Chief of Staff. After some time, Pearl was appointed Confidential Secretary to Governor Michael O'Callahan and served eight years. Those years were some of her greatest times and created wonderful experiences and memories. Pearl loved sharing those memories. She met people like President Carter and Governor Wallace. The little girl from Reipetown met, helped and socialized with people from all over the world. Pearl loved sharing these stories and her photographs. Her favorite photo was with pro football player, Johnny Unitas. After fulfilling her time at the Capitol in Carson City, Pearl moved to Las Vegas where Governor O'Callahan had asked her to assist in establishing the Office for Nevada Gaming Foundation for Educational Excellence. Pearl spent 14 years managing scholarships offered to deserving students. Although Pearl never married nor had children of her own, she would say, "I didn't need to. I have numerous nieces and nephews to love!" And she did love us; all five or six generations! Pearl was predeceased by her parents, sisters Helen Matich, Mary Nicklanovich, Dorothy Harris, Sophie O'Connell and Ethel Rodriguez, and brothers Dan Milovich and Joe Miller. She is survived by her sisters Ruby Rabideux and Betty Ulibarri of Reno and numerous nieces and nephews. Please remember her as she was: full of life and enjoying every moment! Special thanks to Father Dane Popovic from Fair Oaks, CA and to Walton's Funeral Home for the tender care of our loving Aunt. Out of respect for her last request there will be no services. Pearl was laid to rest next her mother at Mountain View Cemetery in Reno.

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Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on May 30, 2021.
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Thank you for always loving me as one of your own, Aunt Pearl! You taught me to stand up for my beliefs when I was still a teenager. You’ll always be in my heart. I love you. Tracie
Tracie Douglas
June 10, 2021
Pearl was a great friend and a pleasure to work with, she always had time to help on both personal and business projects. I will miss her and our lunches these past years that were too few but always enjoyable. Enjoy your Heavenly reward Pearl.
Darryl Monahan
June 1, 2021
I had the chance to know Pearl briefly through a mutual friend, but it turned out we had many more friends and family members in common. She knew everyone, and it was a delight to hear her stories. A bright light has gone out.
Joy Orlich
May 30, 2021