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Mary Pat (Gueguen) Miller died peacefully at Villa of St. Francis in Olathe, KS on March 7, 2021 and was welcomed into the arms of her beloved Jesus and His Mother, Mary. "O Lord, In my eyes you were gazing kindly smiling, my name you were saying." A day she had lived for all her life. Mary Pat was a life-long devoted Roman Catholic and was currently a member of Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish in Overland Park, KS. as well as a Friend of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral parish in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Mass of Christian Burial will be at her long-time home of Queen of the Holy Rosary, 7023 W. 71st Street, Overland Park, KS. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 am, Tuesday, March 23rd followed by Mass at 10:30 am. Memorials in her name can be sent to the Benedictine Sisters, Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Ks. 66002 and St. Benedicts Abbey, Atchison.
Mary Pat was born in Washington, Missouri, on February 18, 1941 to John and Marjorie Gueguen, joining big brother, Jack, older sisters, Sharon and Joyce and became big sister to Loretta who completed the family 20 months later. She lived most of her life in Lexington, Missouri. She wrote of her young years living in a small river town with her large, Catholic family in her memoir "My Story: Going Home Again," which can be found on Amazon.com. or request a copy at [emailprotected]
She graduated from Immaculate Conception grade school in 1954 and Lexington High School in 1958. After studying piano with Sister De LaSalle, c.s.j., at St. Teresas Academy in Kansas City her senior year, she went on to attend Mount St. Scholastica College for Women in Atchison, Kansas where she continued her piano study with Sister Chrysostom Koppes, O.S.B., and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano in 1962. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity for women and was awarded the Iota Upsilon Chapters Ruby Sword of Honor during her senior year, the highest award given for leadership in Theta Province, and nominated for "Outstanding Young Women of America," appearing in the 1969 edition. She went on to Chicago that summer of 1962 to compete for the National Leadership Title at the National Convention of SAI and attended the Frances Clark New School For Music Study located in Princeton, N.J., Seminar at DePaul University. She was awarded an assistantship at The New School for the following year but the love of her life, David D., would have a much stronger pull toward her future.
After graduation, Mary Pat taught piano in her hometown before marrying David D. Miller on June 8, 1963. They lived in Lawrence, KS while Dave finished law school and moved to the Kansas City area in 1965 where Dave was employed by the old City National Bank, now UMB of Kansas City for 37 years. They lived in Roeland Park and Mission and have currently been in Overland Park, in the same house, for over 51 years. Mary Pat was pre-deceased by her parents (whom she missed every day of her life), her brother Jack, her sister Sharon and all of her seven aunts and uncles. She and Dave have been married for 58 years and have three children: Kathleen (Tracy) Lind, John (Karen) Miller & Patrick (Liz) Miller and nine grandchildren: Jordan Kate, Casey Elizabeth and Samuel David Miller, Katherine Colleen, Anne Elizabeth, and John Arthur Gueguen Lind, known as "Jack." Emily Grace, Charlie Patrick, and Matthew Thomas Miller. She also has two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Joyce (Joe) Ramsey, New Braunfels, TX. and Loretta (Mike) Broker, Lohman, MO, brother-in-law Bert Joseph (Sharon), Providence, RI, sister-in-law Mary (Tom) Pepin, Longmont, CO, 19 precious nieces and nephews and greats, cousins and very good friends, the loves of her life. Mary Pat and Dave were also honored to have nine God-children, Adriene Joyce, Bridget Mary, Mike, Todd Henry, Theresa, Michael Roy, Karen Kay, Angela Marie, and Kelly Eileen. How special they were to her.
Mary Pat had many seasons in her married liferaising children, working with school, alumni, church and civic organizations, teaching piano from home and accompanying various music groups including Bishop Miege High School music dept. accompanist from 1983-1989. She was also a church organist at Queen of the Holy Rosary in Overland Park for over 20 years. She formed and "directed" a Bell Choir at Little Sisters of the Poor in Raytown for over 22 years. She looks forward to seeing some of her former bell players who have moved on and gave her so much joy. She was awarded her colleges highest alumnae award, The Offeramus Medal, in 1981 and she and Dave together were awarded the Cross of the Order of St. Benedict from Benedictine College in 1987. For the past several years she has enjoyed this twilight season perhaps most of all, now that her work was done and she had plenty of time for her role of prayer warrior for her family and so many friends, meditation, reading and keeping up with her large extended family by letters and email.
Mary Pat and Dave traveled this country and abroad more than they ever expected they would, favorite locations being Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands off the coast of British Columbia where her brother-in-law, Jerry Miller, lived, died and was buried in 1993 and Prince Edward Island in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada. They even traveled to Rome, Ireland and Germany, but Mary Pat always believed that "there is no place like home."
To her husband, children and grandchildren: "I love you all more than you can know and am so proud and grateful that I had each of you in my life. Do not weep for me. Carry on the laughter and love instead!! Know that I will live in your heart forever and am as close to you now as your next breath. Ill be waiting for you." Love, Your Chickie, Mom, "Mimi."
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