Nicki M. Miller

September 4, 1941 - June 24, 2020

Nicki M. Miller


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Nicki M. Miller, 78, of Belvidere, IL, passed away peacefully, with her daughter by her side, on June 24, 2020 in Belvidere. She was born on September 4, 1941 in Pineville, KY, daughter to William and Katherine (Hill) Shepard. Nicki married Robert Miller, August 26, 1989 in Belvidere. She worked for GTE and Amerock and attended Christ Lutheran Church. She was a member of Comfort Keepers (Cancer Support) and her Bible Study Fellowship. She loved her grandchildren very much, and also loved the grandchildren of her friends, who often called her “grandma”. She adored her granddogs. Nicki was an active member of her church and enjoyed working on bible studies. She was an avid reader, a crossword puzzle whiz and a queen of the dance floor. She was a talented ceramics painter. She loved to take trips with her family and friends (especially Vegas) and she loved game shows and card games of any kind.

Nicki will be dearly missed by her son, William (Lisa) McNew and daughter, Susan (Gregory) Padron; grandchildren, Katrina and Zachary McNew and Tyler Padron; granddogs, Seamus and Wilfred McNew, Thor Padron and her beloved, Jack- Jack Padron who recently passed away; sister-in-law Joyce (CT) Bowling; nieces, Patricia ( Joseph) Gaudinier and Kelly (Matthew) Hill; grand nieces, Katie (Andrew) Owens, Sarah Gaudinier; grand nephews, Joseph Hill, Justin Gaudinier; great -grand nephew, Carter Gaudinier; and special friend, Sharon Stanton.

She is preceded in death, by her husband, Robert Miller; parents, William and Katherine Shepard; siblings, Della Cheek, James Shepard, Billie Ann Hembree; and niece, Mary-Katherine Hembree.

 A memorial service for cremation will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008 with Rev. Twila K. Schock officiating. If you are unable to attend, please join us via live-stream. Due to state guidelines, masks are required. If unable/unwilling to wear a mask, you may not attend in person but are encouraged to add a message to the online memorial. Memorial contributions in her honor can be made to American Kidney Fund. To write a memory or light a virtual candle, please visit

Service Schedule

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
2:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


A memorial service for cremation will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008 with Rev. Twila K. Schock officiating. If you are unable to attend, please join us via live-stream.

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Please accept our deepest sympathy with Nicki’s passing. We didn’t get to know her well, but truly enjoyed her sense of humor, good common sense and watching her with her grandchildren. She truly loved all of you deeply and well.

Jan & John Doner 2020-06-30T20:24:50

Grandma Nicki is one of the strongest and most resilient people that I’ve ever met. She supported me, cheered me on, and loved me like I was her own flesh and blood since the first day we met. Every time I would come to visit after I moved I would ask Katrina “when can we go see grandma Nicki?” and more often than not we were able to make a visit happen. Getting to visit her, laugh with her, talk with her, play cards with her, and tell stories was always a highlight of my trip. She’s one tough woman and helped show me that no matter what, I can push through, stop holding myself back, and achieve whatever it is I was going for. I will never take the days that I got to spend with her for granted and always hold the memories that we got to make together and with the whole McNew family close to my heart. I feel very blessed to have gotten to call her my honorary grandma and she will hold a special place in my heart and in my life forever. 💕

Alex Jurani 2020-06-29T14:58:16

Grandma Nicki was such a fun, caring person. The McNews always took me out to their Galena cabin to a point I was spending more time with them then my own family! I have such great memories of grandma nicki, I think it’s so special she’d ask Katrina how I’m doing still after not seeing her for many years. I’ll miss you grandma Nicki 💗 my thoughts go out to you all💗

Ellie Blankenhagen 2020-06-28T23:20:32

We will miss you Nicki . Your positive attitude and sweet disposition was always an encouragement to the ladies in our BSF group We know you are at peace now in the arms of our Lord . You are finally home

Linda Polverari 2020-06-28T22:49:50

I’m so sorry to hear of Nickie passing. I feel so blessed to have known her all my life. I know Grandma Jo welcomed you with a set of cards ready Nickie. Thank you for being a big part of my life.

Kelsey Hoopengarner 2020-06-28T10:10:59

So sorry to hear. I was blessed to spend time with your mother playing cards and running to the casinos.

Colleen Hill 2020-06-28T07:20:08

Was an honor to know your mom through you Sue! You two have a beautiful relationship! Sending much love, peace and healing to you and your family!

Brianna Finney 2020-06-26T22:08:04

Sue, that was a Beautiful Pic of your Mom, she was such a Nice Lady. Deepest Sympathy to You and your Family 😢🙏

Maureen Art Padron 2020-06-26T19:55:05

Bill, Sue, and family, I am sorry to hear the news about your mom. She was like another mother to me. She was a very special lady. Pl are know that your family is in our prayers. GOD Bless.

Dave, Danielle, and Drew Hendrickson 2020-06-26T19:53:17

I’m so sorry to hear. Prayers for u kids❤️

Linda Hendrickson 2020-06-26T18:25:10


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