Peggy E. Miller

Peggy Elaine Glass Miller passed away from colon cancer on July 3, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. She was 60 (get your colonoscopy!)

She was born in Ridgecrest the third and last child of Cecil and Phyllis Glass. She spent an idyllic childhood running free in the Mojave Desert.

After graduating from high school. Peggy continued her education at Fresno State. She planned to be a veterinarian but had the unfortunate condition of fainting at the sight of blood. She segued to physical therapy and graduated in 1981. She immediately went to work at the Community Hospital of Los Gatos. She loved her work in the clinic and the devoted therapists she worked with. She eventually became the director of the department.

In addition to her clinical work, in 2000 she started teaching postgraduate occupational and physical therapists. In 2008 she left the clinical setting and began working full time as a neuro developmental treatment instructor. Peggy was passionate about her work and taught her last class in March 2018 just prior to her April 2018 diagnosis of colon cancer (get your colonoscopy!).

When Peggy was not working she was an adventuress! She was an avid backpacker, taking her first trip as a teen to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with her mom and dad. Later she backpacked every summer with her sister, covering large sections of the Pacific Coast Trail and many lesser known trails. Peggy was a sailor. She owned her own sailboat and loved sailing on Monterey Bay. She was a downhill skier and spent time skiing with her dear friends Rudy and Belinda Cabigas.

But Peggy’s most exhilarating times were spent on horseback. She got her first horse at the age of 9 and never looked back. She became an accomplished endurance rider on 50- and 100-mile races. She rode 200 miles in the Death Valley Encounter Ride and 100 miles in the 20 Mule Team Ride. She rode 100 miles in a Coso Junction ride, and there were many more.

Peggy loved her family and friends. She kept track of birthdays, anniversaries and who would be where on what holiday. She will be horribly missed.

Peggy is survived by her mother, Phyllis Glass of Ridgecrest; stepson, Joshua Miller-Ben of Lomond; brother, David Glass and wife Linda of Santa Rosa; sister, Beverly and husband Steve Senior of Lodi; nephew, Andrew Glass Hastings and wife Cassady, and their sons Davis and Gibson of Seattle; great and dear friends Rudy and Belinda Cabigas, who took Peggy into their home and worked tirelessly lending assistance and comfort throughout her illness; Kaitlyn Cabigas, her goddaughter of San Jose; Cathy Runyon, who traveled extensively throughout the country with Peggy while she was an NDT instructor; and cousin, Debbie Stoaffer who selflessly provided love and comfort to the end.

In the spring of 2019 when, hopefully, Peggy’s beloved wildflowers are in bloom, there will be a memorial and spreading of ashes in the Mojave Desert.

— Submitted by the family of Peggy Miller

Story First Published: 2018-08-10