Dr. Dorinda Louise Miller, 57, of Springdale Road, Pearisburg, departed this life Sunday morning, December 19, 2010 at Carilion Giles Community Hospital. Born in St. Petersburg, Florida on July 21, 1953 she was a daughter of Donald D. Ludeke and the late Nova Stalling Ludeke. She was a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Blacksburg. As a clinical psychologist she had devoted her life to better mental health and especially to overcoming the trauma of a disaster. She was in charge of the mental health program at the Pentegon after the 9-11 disaster; she organized the mental health programs at Virginia Tech after the 4-16-07 crisis; she was an organizer of the NRV Community Disaster Response Coalation; she was director for the last two years of the American Cancer Society seminars at Mt Lake; during her 23 years of marriage she was foster mother to thirteen foster children. Home was her safe-haven to retreat from her labors to enjoy her humming birds, to envelope herself in a good book (as a speed reader she could finish a book a day), and to be blessed with the love of her husband. Dorinda was currently employed with the Veterans Administration in Beckley, WV. She earned her PHD at Chicago Medical School and did her dissertation on The Cook County Burns Unit.
She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband Richard Kent Miller; her father Donald D. Ludeke, her son Richard Earl Irwin-Miller of Chicago, Illinois; her brother Phillip Ludeke of Ohio; her sister Sue Gengle of Charlevoix, Michigan; her granddaughter Ivy Young; Her sisters-in-law Sylvia Lloyd of Radford and Cheryl Rogers of Williamsburg; her dear friends Brenda Young, Karen Nilson, Michelle Alley, Mary Ann Capp, Stephanie Adkins, Nancy Sizemore, and Darlene Boyd.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated to honor Dorinda’s life and faith at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 1205 Old Mill Road (off Prices Fork Rd), Blacksburg, Wednesday morning at 10:30 AM with Father Remi Sojka officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the services. The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is caring for Dorinda's family during this time. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.