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Michèle Henriette Miller

Michèle Henriette Miller, née Rogivue, passed away on March 19, 2018 in millerUrbana. She was the wife of Harold Arthur Miller, a longtime area attorney who passed away in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her father, Henri Alfred Rogivue, her mother, the former Andrea Sophie Grosjean, her brothers Jean and Jacques Rogivue, and her sisters Yvette Krettly and Hélène Gibert.

Mrs. Miller was born in Grenoble, France on July 28, 1924. She met her husband in Paris, France after World War II. He had been a soldier in Patton’s Third Army who had stayed in Europe after the German surrender to work in the accounting division of the U.S. State Department office there. They married on November 21, 1946 at the Temple de l’Etoile in Paris. The following year the couple moved to Urbana and settled near Carle Park where they lived for many years. In 1977 they moved to West Pennsylvania Avenue in Urbana.

Mrs. Miller is survived by numerous family members. These include her sons Dr. Maurice H. Miller M.D. and wife Sarah of Stamford, Connecticut, Jan L. Miller and wife Karen of Urbana, and Marc R. Miller and wife Nicole of Champaign. Her grandchildren are Hans Miller and wife Linda of Littleton, Colorado, Jonathan and Stuart Miller of New York City, Clifford Miller and wife Carissa of Oahu, Hawaii, Henri Miller and wife Monika of Madison, Wisconsin, Kevin Miller of Champaign, Nancy Miller Gloe and husband David of Chicago, and Julia, Laura, and Richard Miller of Champaign. Her first great grandchild James Arthur Gloe arrived March 20, 2018. She is also survived by her nephews Jean-Francois Krettly, Yves Krettly, aka journalist Yves Calvi, and Olivier Rogivue of Paris, France, and Nicolas Rogivue of London, England. In addition, she leaves a wide circle of international friends.

Before her marriage Mrs. Miller had been active in theatre and radio in Paris, France. After raising her family in Urbana, she began coursework at Parkland College, an institution that her husband helped establish. Her special area of interest was art, and as a result she became an accomplished painter. Her works grace the homes of many of her friends and family, and also at a gallery at Parkland. She was also devoted to serving others, teaching French to hundreds of students including those at the University of Illinois and at Urbana Adult Education. Her voice can still be heard on French instructional recordings at the university due to the pureness of her accent. In addition, she was a volunteer at the Rare Books Room on campus, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, Score Club and Friday Club.

The burial will be private. A memorial service will be held Thursday April 19 at 4:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of  Urbana. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, the Charles W. Christie Foundation or the Parkland College Foundation. The family wishes to thank the staffs of the OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center and Clark Lindsey for their diligent care.

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“The Friday Book Club” members wish to express their most profound sympathy to the family of Michele Miller. She was a most beloved long time and active member of the Club. Her warm and charming personality will be sadly missed by us, as will also her wonderful hospitality and presentations.

Doreen Halberstam Huck, Secretary/Treasurer of F B C


We send our deepest sympathy to the entire Miller family. May Michele rest in peace.

Pat and Linda Patterson


Dear Marc,

My mother and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family.  I know that you know the Lord, and that he will relieve your sorrow.  Please know that you are in our prayers.

Love and peace for you all.

Shirlese and Shirley Hursey


Our deepest condolence to all the Miller family during this time. We had many years of lively critiques in our painting class at Parkland College with Michele. We will so miss her. She was always so fun and cheerful.

Brian Sullivan and Mariah Jackson

We offer our sympathies to the Miller family on the death of Michelle Miller, whom we have gotten to know over the last few years by sharing copies of Paris Match with her.  We appreciated her lively spirit, manifested in the kind notes, whimsically and playfully illustrated, that she sent us from time to time. It was always a pleasure to see her and speak to her in church.  We regret that we will be out of town during her memorial service, which we hope is a joyous celebration of her life, her talents, and her special energy.

David and Marilyn Kay


Harold Miller was our steadfast family lawyer and friend. Michelle was his peppy and gracious soulmate. In recent years, she generously housed my sister and me when we were visiting Urbana. We were able to speak French, see her inventive paintings, and learn about her adventuresome life.

My sister, Georgianne, and brother, Francois, join me in expressing sympathy for the Miller family.

Christiane Deschamps 
White Plains, NY


I just wanted to send a condolence to family of Michele Miller.  I really enjoyed Michele's paintings.  They were quite interesting and enjoyable.  Good that she was able to accomplish so much in art and teaching and homemaking, etc.  Good that she was able to be with us so long and able to help so many people.  I send my appreciation and best regards to all her family and friends.     

Joseph Miller