Elizabeth Ann (Riffe) Miller, age 82, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. She was born on July 23, 1938, the oldest daughter of Louis Nelson and Jeanette (Darrow) Riffe, in Windfall, Indiana, where she grew up on their family farm. Ever-curious and intelligent, Liz earned her B.S. from the University of Cincinnati and her M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania; she shared her love of the humanities throughout her life. In 1970, Liz settled in Hinsdale, Illinois, where she raised her daughters, made many life-long cherished friends, and contributed her talent and creativity to civic and children’s organizations. As a free-lance artist, Liz took commissions for oil reproductions of old masters, house paintings, and calligraphy. Her original paintings depict the rural Indiana of her childhood. Liz traveled widely and enthusiastically with family and friends; she enjoyed her U.S. road trips as much as her travels to the U.K., Europe, Mexico, New Zealand and behind the iron curtain in Eastern Europe. A true jack-of-all-trades, Liz understood animal husbandry, home medicine, furniture restoration and plant identification as well as stock portfolio management. Professionally, Liz was Executive Director of the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce for many years; there, she co-chaired the annual Fine Arts Festival, supported the Hinsdale Cultural Arts Council, and befriended Hinsdale’s small business owners. Before and after retiring in 2005, Liz devoted herself to her grandchildren; with drawing, story-telling, fishing, baking, and a heart overflowing with unconditional love, she provided a safe haven and a beacon of hope, for which they are profoundly grateful.
Elizabeth is survived by her two daughters: Cynthia Miller from Crete, Illinois, and Rachel (Corey) Ardell from Chicago, Illinois; twin grandsons William and Ethan Hardy from Crete, Illinois; granddaughter Rachel Hardy from Crete, Illinois; grandson Sebastien Ardell from Chicago, Illinois; sister Jennie (Craig) Dowden from Noblesville, Indiana; dear nephews Brett and Travis (Amy) Dowden from Cincinnati, Ohio; former husband Ronald Miller from Corvallis, Oregon; and many cherished cousins.
A memorial service will be held at Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home located at 314 N. Main Street Tipton, Indiana, in the spring of 2021. In lieu of flowers, expressions of love may be given in Elizabeth’s honor to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, or the Parkinson’s Foundation.
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