The Passing of Karen Miller (Pastor Amanda Garber’s mother)

Dear friends at RISE,

On Tuesday, January 5th, Karen Miller, the mother of our pastor, Amanda Miller Garber, passed away. We all grieve this deep hurt and loss in the Miller family. Having someone dear to us die is so incredibly difficult and it has certainly been very hard for Amanda and her family to journey through the past few days and weeks. We encourage everyone to keep Amanda and her family in your prayers and surround her with all the love and care that we at RISE can muster. Linked below is a beautiful obituary for Karen Miller that details a life well lived and people well loved. We ask you to take time to read it and reflect on the legacy of love Karen has left behind.

If you would like to give a gift in memory of Karen, the family has asked that donations be given to any of the mission programs at Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church, 707 Washington Avenue, Vinton, Virginia 24179. Donations may also be sent to RISE at or at worship.