Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service

Sarah Miller

October 31, 1944 ~ July 24, 2019

Sally Case Miller went to her home in heaven on July 24, 2019 after a series of mini strokes. She was 74. She will be remembered for her outgoing personality, her interest in helping others, her quick smile and cheerful greetings. She always engaged with the people around her with a gift of making others feel comfortable. Her persistence, humor, and ability to find ways to cut through bureaucratic red tape also distinguished her.

Sally grew up in a military family. Her early years were spent in Italy, Hawaii, and the Washington D.C. area, where her Marine Corps father, Bill Case, was assigned. Her life in military environments provided insights that contributed to her compassion for the needs of veterans and their families in crisis. Sally became a prominent spokesperson and advocate on veterans’ issues, especially mental illness, passionately presenting at national conferences and helping to establish mental health programs for families in VA facilities in 49 states. She chaired the National Alliance on Mental Illness Veterans Council, tirelessly meeting and addressing state and federal bureaucracies to obtain improved services for veterans and their families. Sally had the ability to bring together the right people and events for meaningful discussions and policy changes.

Sally was a natural leader, a loving person, and exceptionally optimistic. As late-onset muscular dystrophy progressed, she continued her work, traveling with two canes and a mobility scooter. She was respected as a well-informed and engaging speaker, sometimes being called upon to extemporaneously present information and personal illustrations in panel discussions and workshops. She was a voracious reader with bookcases and boxes filled with reference materials and current studies that she applied to help others. She was awarded the 2010 Purpose Prize Fellowship for her effective ongoing civic work during retirement years.

Sally spoke proudly of her children and grandchildren and of their creative talents and skills. She was preceded in death by a son, Chris Lacher. She is survived by her son, Bill Lacher and Cindy, his wife; her daughter, Sadie Breeland Cassavaugh and husband, Ryan; three grandchildren, Christopher and Jacob Lacher, and Rosie Cassavaugh; also her sisters, Sylvia Hayden and Marilee Donivan; and brother, Russell Case.

When Sally became bed-ridden, she still celebrated her faith in Jesus Christ, receiving spiritual strength and enjoying weekly communion with Roxie, her friend and visiting deaconess. Sally was so grateful for the love she received. She passed away peacefully in the Cassavaughs’ home where she had been lovingly cared for by her family. She will be greatly missed and tenderly remembered.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, August 3 at 1:00 P.M. at St. James Episcopal Church.