MARY SUMRALL MILLER
218 N. Ardmore Road
Columbus, Ohio 43209-1447
My eclectic path following high school started in 1966 with a degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University. Rather than apply my education in the investment analysis field in New York, I headed south to work with computers in the space program. I worked for IBM for 5 years as a computer systems engineer, first in Huntsville, AL and then in Columbus, OH after marrying Laird Daubenspeck, an attorney and graduate of Vanderbilt Law School.
The most significant turn came with the birth of my two children. They proved to be my most challenging endeavor and the fulfillment of a life-long dream. A divorce brought these fun years to a sudden halt as I began the path of paid employment all over again (sure glad I had the solid foundation of a loving family and a good education 'cause this was definitely not a part of my plan). The next 18 years were filled with all kinds of challenges as I worked for a bank, computer vendor, consulting firm, my own management consulting firm and finally for the State of Ohio's quality improvement program. The education and experiences of earlier years became more valuable with each change.
My path took another radical turn in 1996 when I was blessed by a Christian marriage to a long-time friend Keith Miller. In 1999 I left my state job to enjoy his retirement with him-fishing in Canada, the mountains of North Carolina, badly managing my retirement portfolio and gardening. (I especially love my columbine.) Keith has two sons in Ohio and two step grandsons. Now I am able to savor the things I most enjoy.
My son Laird Daubenspeck (31) and his wife Jennifer live in Medina, OH. He is a graduate of OSU in mechanical engineering and is currently starting his own custom plastic injection molding business. My daughter Lynn Casto (29) and her husband Keith live in Charlotte, NC. She is a graduate of Davidson and using her Art History major and OSU Masters in Art Education to teach high school art history, AP art, studio and world cultures. I have four "granddogs" but no grandchildren yet!
A particularly meaningful experience during the past 7 years has been providing one-on-one Christian care to individuals in crisis through Stephen Ministry. I have much to be thankful for during these past 40 years. The best is yet to come!