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Author of books for young people dies at 75

Mary Jane Miller (handout photo)

Mary Jane Miller (handout photo)

Mary Jane Miller’s love of stories was ingrained by some of her earliest memories, like drinking tea with an Irish grandmother who would read the leaves after they were done.

While raising four daughters, Mrs. Miller kept journals, including gratitude journals long before they were in vogue. She wrote down her thoughts, aspirations and feelings into volume after volume.

Inspired by Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” book series for young adults, Mrs. Miller decided to write her own stories and, in her late 50s, authored four novels for young adults.

“Her passion for the written word was so much a part of who she was,” said her daughter Karen Boston-Wright. “It just made sense that someday she’d try her own hand at it.”

Mrs. Miller, 75, formerly of Lombard and Downers Grove, died Monday, Sept. 19, at St. Patrick’s Residence, an assisted living facility in Naperville. Family members said she had battled dementia for several years.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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