Thursday, January 26, 2017

Obit: Christy "Dede" Miller

Dede and Cindy: Tour de Peace, 2013

Christy Anne “Dede” Miller

Christy Miller, known to all family and friends as “Dede” joined her parents, Dennis and Shirley Miller and beloved nephew, Casey Austin Sheehan in infinite peace on January 22, 2017, after a protracted illness.

Dede began this life on June 16, 1958 in Inglewood Ca. Shortly thereafter her family relocated to Bellflower CA where Dede loved to play softball and music and graduated from Bellflower High School in the class of 1976.

For 25 years, Dede worked at the Bellflower Kmart as Human Resources manager until she quit to work full-time for the peace and social justice movement after her nephew Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004.

Dede will be remembered for her quick sense of humor and zest for life. She traveled the world with sister Cindy in her quest for peace and remarked “I’ve had a wonderful life” shortly before her transition.

Dede will be missed by many, but especially by those family members that survive her: sister Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville CA; brother Scott Miller of Bellflower CA; brother-in-law Patrick Sheehan of Fairfield CA; niece Carly Sheehan of Novato CA; nephew Andy Sheehan and niece Jane Henry both of Vacaville. In the final two years of her life, Dede found great joy and comfort in her great nieces and nephews: Jonah, Jovie, Jackson, Jillian Henry; and Cohen Sheehan, all of Vacaville. The friends and people she had a positive influence on and touched profoundly in her too short life are too numerous to list.

Dede was in home hospice care for her last days and was surrounded by love, peace, and her beloved family at all times.

 Dede loved animals and when she needed a distraction from the cancer "treatments" and pain, she spent many hours watching the antics of the Lone Star Dog Rescue Ranch.

In lieu of flowers, we request that you make a donation there in Dede's memory.

online donation


  1. With tears I say good-by to a wonderful woman who filled the world with love and joy and a quest for peace....My heart also has another tear in it for another sister taken too soon by this horrible cancer....I followed your story and found out about your plight just before learning my own sister had the same things going on. As I went on the journey with my sister I often thought of you and your sister and all the pain and love we all fought through together. Be free and go .....beautiful lady!

  2. Your soft and strengthening presence was a peace-oasis in life. It will be a celestial aura smiling on worthy causes forever.

  3. I was once told by a psychologist to trust my instincts. Each time I met Dede Miller, I had the strongest sense of being with a truly genuine, guileless, open, loving human being. It felt so good and safe to be near Dede. I'll never forget her.

  4. You've been through a lot. Keep on fighting for what you believe. As you know, the greatest impact will be on the road not yet built. I was sorry to hear about Dede.

  5. We will miss your warm heart and great strength Dede ... Be at peace now my friend...

  6. Very sorry we will miss Dede. She alway make me feel good. Jeff


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