Valda's Story

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The Power of Planning

Dick and Valda Miller met in the seventh grade. They began dating in high school  and married their junior year of college. Mr. Miller served in World War II after their wedding and later graduated from Mississippi State University.

After graduation, he helped his father with a small business his father had begun during the war that involved delivering gasoline to service stations. The business grew and grew, and 60 years later, Miller Transporters, Inc. is a flourishing family business that now includes the fourth generation of Millers.

In 1990, Dick suffered a massive heart attack. He was in a coma in the Coronary Care Unit at Baptist Health Systems for three and half weeks before being moved into a patient room to recover for an additional eight weeks. "It was after this that Dick and I decided to perpetuate the wonderful work Baptist had done for us by remembering Baptist in our wills," Mrs. Miller recalled.

"Baptist has always been 'our hospital,' she said. "Dick served on the Board of Trustees for many years, and both of our children were born at Baptist. After Dick's heart attack, we volunteered in the CCU waiting area to support others who were going through trials similar to ours during Dick's recovery. It was around this time we really realized what a tremendous service and ministry this hospital has."

Mr. Miller passed away in February 2007. "Because of the care at Baptist, I had nearly 17 more years with Dick after his heart attack," Mrs. Miller said. "We were married 60 years and 12 days. It was extremely difficult to lose him. But I can tell you it brought me great joy delivering a check to Baptist as a result of Dick's careful forethought and knowing how pleased he would be that Baptist would benefit by his planning.

"I, too, have left Baptist in my will. Dick and I believed that even though we can make gifts during our lifetime, we could also make a significant impact by leaving funds for an institution that heals and save lives! I would strongly encourage others to consider the long-lasting effect of a bequest by a will."

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