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Esther Powers Miller  

April 16, 1929 November 29, 2017

CULVER -Esther Powers Miller passed away peacefully on November 29 at 2:00 a.m. Her husband, K. Ward Miller was by her side at this time.

Esther was born on April 16, 1929 in Peninsula, Ohio, daughter of John Henry and Hazel Blanche (Appleton) Scobie. She attended the Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri, in 1950 and Indiana University, South Bend, in 1967.

She moved to Culver in 1953 with her first husband, E Duane Powers , with whom she had four children.

Esther's career was multi-faceted and included a successful real estate business, Powers Realty, from 1967-1976 in Culver, Indiana. She also worked as an appraiser in South Bend, Culver, and Plymouth from 1978-1990.

However, her real passion was her art work. Esther was a talented professional watercolorist and the owner of the Painter & Poet Gallery in Culver, Indiana. Her paintings grace many hundreds of homes around the country.

Esther Powers Miller began drawing before she learned to write or read. After completing high school, she married and attended Kansas City Art Institute for two years before pausing to raise four children.

However, she never stopped painting, and her family has fond memories of Esther setting up her easel and painting whenever she had a chance.

After a divorce in her thirties, Esther began her highly successful real estate business, got involved in town politics most notably as the first woman president of the Town Board, and she emerged as an assertive and influential presence in Culver.

Esther was extremely curious and she displayed this through her passion for reading from her early childhood up to her last year of life. She absorbed a wide array of subjects for over 80 years, and in her last few years, even with deteriorating eyesight due to glaucoma and other issues, she continued to listen to audiobooks. Although never ostentatious, this explains how she was so knowledgeable about a wide range of topics. This legacy continues in her children who are also avid readers.

In 1989, Esther launched her art career with her incredible energy and focus. She, and her husband, K. Ward Miller, combined forces to create their business, The Painter and the Poet.

They traveled to juried art shows where Esther sold paintings and swapped ideas with other artists. Eventually, they opened their own gallery in their Culver home. Esther's paintings have ranged from local landmarks such as the Vandalia Train Depot to more regional scenes including Notre Dame and Michigan Lighthouses.

In addition to being a gifted artist, Esther Powers Miller was a devoted mother, wife, and friend to many people. Her upbeat attitude, sense of humor, and resilience will be deeply missed by her entire family.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, K. Ward Miller and children: Terrance Powers, Michael Powers, Susan Powers, and Jennifer Powers, and 7 grandchildren.

She is also survived by her three step-children: Scott Miller, Susanne Hunt, and Michelle Barratt.

Per her wishes, Esther Powers Miller will not have funeral services and instead has asked her children to arrange a Celebration of Life at a time when family and friends can gather to share good memories and happy times with Esther. The time for this event is yet to be determined.

Esther Powers Miller made this world a more beautiful place. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of her loved ones and in her art.

Published in
The Pilot News on Dec. 5, 2017
Culver Citizen Dec 8 2017

Foreign Legal Name -
Entity Type: Domestic For-Profit Corporation
Business Id 1988030838
Company Status Active
Domicile State Indiana
Creation Date 1988-03-09 Original Formation Date 2017-12-10
Inactive Date 2017-12-10
Report Due Date 2018-03-31
Renewal Date -
Years Due
About Company

ESTHER S. POWERS, SRA, INC. operates as a Domestic For-Profit Corporation with business ID 209421.
ESTHER S. POWERS, SRA, INC. was formed on Wednesday 9th March 1988, so this company age is twenty-nine years, nine months and four days. This company is currently active .

Principal office address of ESTHER S. POWERS, SRA, INC. is 307 N MAIN, CULVER, IN, 46511, USA. This address coordinates are: 41 13' 6" N , 86 25' 25.3" W.

There are currently two company principals in ESTHER S. POWERS, SRA, INC.. They are: secretary ESTHER P. MILLER, president ESTHER P. MILLER. There are currently one company incorporators in ESTHER S. POWERS, SRA, INC.. They are: incorporator ESTHER S. POWERS.

This company agent is ESTHER P. MILLER. According to the register, this agent type is Individual

Esther Scobie Powers Miller
appraiser, gallery owner, real estate
Esther Scobie Powers Miller, American real estate appraiser, water colorist, art gallery owner. Designated SRA-real estate appraiser. Member St. Joe Valley Water Color Society.

Background - Miller, Esther Scobie Powers was born on April 16, 1929 in Peninsula, Ohio, United States. Daughter of John Henry and Hazel Blanche (Appleton) Scobie.

Education - Student, Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri, 1950. Student, Bethel College, 1967. Student, Indiana University, South Bend, 1967.

Career - Owner brokerage Powers Realty, Culver, Indiana, 1967-1976. Private practice fee appraising South Bend, 1978-1984, Culver, 1984-1988, Plymouth, Indiana, 1988-1990. Professional watercolorist, owner Painter & Poet Gallery, Culver.

Major achievements - Designated SRA-real estate appraiser.

Politics - Every human being regardless of its race, gender or sexual orientation should have all human and civil rights.

Religion - In modern culture the ability to make decisions and choose our own path in life has extremely high value. But through the faith we voluntarily surrender to God in love and joy.

Denomination: Methodist

Views - Church members should be close and caring to feel each other's pains and problems. The good of the whole body of the Christian society should be put before individual needs.

Membership - Member St. Joe Valley Water Color Society.


Interests - Piano, reading.

    Married Elmer Duane Powers, June 13, 1948 (divorced 1965). Married Kenneth Ward Miller, August 26, 1980.

    father: John Henry Scobie

    mother: Hazel Blanche (Appleton) Scobie
    children: Terrance Powers, Michael Powers, Susan Powers, Jennifer Powers,

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