Blendina "Deany" Miller
February 23, 1947  -  January 4, 2019

Blendina "Deany" Miller

Potts Chapel
122 South Penn Ave.
Independence, KS  67301
Thursday, January 10, 2019
6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Mount Hope Cemetery
North Penn. Ave
Independence, KS  67301
Friday, January 11, 2019
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Zion Lutheran Church
219 S. 10th
Independence, KS  67301

Blendina “Deany” M. Miller passed away on January 4, 2018 at Labette Health in Independence, Kansas. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Potts Chapel. Visitation will be held at Potts Chapel in Independence on Thursday, January 10th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Graveside services at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence will be on Friday, January 11th at 2:00pm.

Born February 23, 1947 in Independence, Kansas to Elda A.K. (Harms) and Francis A. Mansfield. Due to the fact her father was in construction, the family moved around a lot the first few years of her life. At the age of 4, Deany settled with her parents in Wichita, Kansas. She attended school in Wichita and graduated from North High in Wichita in 1965. Deany then attended The Kansas School of Business, graduating in 1967, majoring in secretary and accounting.

In August of 1967, Deany moved back to Independence and started work with ARCO Pipe Line Company, formerly Sinclair Pipe Line Company. After 25 years of service, she retired, due to the fact ARCO moved to Texas. She went to work for Standard Motor Company, formerly ACC for a little over 10 years. She then worked with physical and mental handicapped agencies, as a care giver. Deany retired from Kansasworks, as a career intake specialist in September of 2010.

She married Richard E. Miller, August 22, 1970 in the Lutheran Church in Claremore, Oklahoma. They first lived in Elk City, Kansas for about 5 years and then moved to Independence. They were married just a few months short of 35 years, when Mr. Miller passed away in 2005.

Deany was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Her husband and she were members of the church voter’s assembly, and while in Elk City, they were members of Pride. Deany was a member of The Women of Zion, and at one time, the chairperson of the calling committee. She was also a member of The Ruby Red Hat’s. Her husband and she enjoyed travelling and took many nice vacations together.

Since October 2009, Deany has made her home with her soul mate and loving companion, Hank Modich. They enjoyed going to the 55-Plus dances, water exercises, and attending plays.

Deany is survived by her loving companion, Hank Modich, his 2 sons and grandchildren of Independence, 2 godchildren, Malerie Scammey and Willard Scammey, both of Orlando, FL, and many cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 infant brothers, and aunt Helen Reynolds.

The family would like to give their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Independence EMS and Fire Department for the devotion and dedication in helping them in their time of need. Memorials may be made in Deany’s name to Zion Lutheran Church, these memorials can be left with the chapel. Online condolences may be left to the family by visiting


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  1. Becky and Don Reynolds
    Independence, KS

    Hank and Family. We are so sorry we were not able to attend the visitation last night and the graveside service today for Deany. She was a special lady and will be missed by many people.

  2. Paula Schabel
    Independence, KS

    So sorry to hear about Blendina. I know she will be missed by many.

  3. Valerie Riley
    Lancaster, CA

    What a great memory video. Praying for her family and friends. You will be missed.

  4. Kenneth & Beverly Aiken
    Havana, KS

    To Deany's family and special friend, Hank. So sorry for your loss. May our Lord wrap His loving arms around you and give you comfort.

  5. Sharon (Mansfield) Cowan
    Palmdale, CA

    Rest in peace my dear cousin. I will miss you so very much. Love you.

  6. Lisa Suiter
    Blanchard, OK

    Blendia always had a smile. I loved visiting her and family. They would always welcome us with open arms and "show" us the town. Such sweet memories from a little girl to taking my grandson to meet our cousin. Prayers

  7. Sharon Miller
    Independence, KS

    Deany was so good to and for my grandsons Mike and Ryan Modich and their dad Hank. May God bless her for this. You will be missed.

  8. Vicki Shoultz
    Bartlesville, OK

    “Although it is difficult today to deal with the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort your tomorrows”.
    I love you all! Praying for peace and comfort!!

  9. Debbie Cornett
    Independence, KS

    RIP, Deany. Prayers and condolences to her family and loved ones.

  10. Dorothy Patry
    Independence, KS

    I enjoyed working with Deany at Class LTD. She was fun and so kind hearted. Desny you will never be forgotten! Fly high Angel. My prayers to Hank and family and friends of Deany. God bless and comfort you.

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