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Deborah K. Miller



Deborah K. “Debbi” LeVan Miller, 70, of Middletown, passed away Friday, March 25, 2022, in the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, with her loving husband by her side.

Born in Harrisburg on June 27, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Peter E. and Mildred I. Ennis LeVan.

A compassionate and caring person, it was only natural Debbi became a nurse in 1981 and worked for over 40 years in all aspects of health care from pediatrics to geriatrics, hospitals and nursing homes to hospice and home health care. Debbi most recently worked for the Visiting Nurses Association. With a passion for helping people, Debbi also enjoyed her job working with customers at Stephenson’s Flowers & Gifts on Jonestown Road in Colonial Park. A gifted seamstress and crafter, she previously owned and operated Gatherings, a former quaint gift and craft shop in the Historic Swatara Station, where just about everything sold was made by her and her family. In fall 2021 Debbi began selling her hand-made items as a vendor at 32nd Street Mercantile of Camp Hill. She enjoyed making pillowcases for “Heads at Ease” which sends hand-made pillowcases adorned with special messages to U.S. military personnel aboard ships. A very humble person, Debbi would make and deliver baskets of baked goods as well as flowers and craft baskets to people who had shown her kindness, or to those just needing a pick-me-up, and to first responders during the pandemic. She had a soft spot for children on Native American reservations, for whom she would prepare and ship boxes of school supplies.

Debbi was a 1969 graduate of Lower Dauphin High School and a member of Stoverdale United Methodist Church. In her younger years, Debbi was in 4H where her love for horses grew. Debbi for a period lived and worked at Penn National helping care for race horses. Debbi also loved golden retrievers and always had one in her home. She enjoyed traveling and recently bought a camper to fulfill her dream of traveling and camping all over the United States with her husband. Debbi loved to dance and enjoyed music especially disco, soul, rhythm and blues and show tunes. She was a huge Philadelphia Eagles and Peyton Manning fan. Debbi found comfort in gardening; growing flowers, herbs and teas; spending time with her coy fish pond, and most of all being with family.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Daniel C. Miller, whom she married on May 5, 1990; three sons, Christopher King husband of Missie of Manheim, Peter Toth of Hershey, and Philip Miller husband of Marissa of Palmyra; four grandchildren, Dylan King husband of Chrissy, Austin King fiancé of Amanda Vergara, Bree-Ann King, and James Miller; four great grandchildren, Sebastian, Mason, Isla and Everly King; two sisters, Patricia E. Heuser wife of Charles W. of State College, and Carole Ann Lankford wife of the late Otis of Carrolton, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Debbi will be held Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 11 a.m. in Stoverdale United Methodist Church, Middletown Road, Hummelstown, with her Pastor Scott R. Hover officiating. Interment will be in Paxtang Cemetery. Viewings will be held Friday, April 1, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, and on Saturday in the church from 10 a.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala-Cynwyd, PA 19004; or to the American Cancer Society, PO Box, 897, Hershey, PA 17033.

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