Tonya Puckett Miller obituary: Death cause linked to brain cancer

Following the sad demise of Tonya Puckett Miller, this report will highlight her obituary shortly after it emerged that her death was linked to brain cancer.

According to Mayo Clinic, a brain tumor is the growth of brain cells or cells close to the brain. The tissue of the brain can develop brain tumours. Near the brain tissue, brain tumours are also possible. The pituitary gland, pineal gland, and membranes that surround the surface of the brain are nearby structures. Brain tumours can start there. Primary brain tumours are what they are. Cancer can occasionally move from another section of the body to the brain. These tumours are what are known as metastatic or secondary brain tumours.

Tonya Puckett Miller bio and age

Tonya Puckett Miller bio and age

Tonya Puckett-Miller was the former wife of Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett. She was born in 1965. This means she was 58 years old when she died. Tonya married Kirby in 1986.

Tonya Puckett Miller obituary and death cause

As earlier stated, Tonya Puckett Miller died of brain cancer. Apparently, she was diagnosed with glioblastoma in January 2022. Her husband, the Rev. Melvin Miller of St. Paul’s Progressive Baptist Church confirmed the sad news to reporters.

“She was an amazing mother, an amazing community leader,” Miller said. “She was very committed to her faith in Jesus Christ and the work of the church.”

Margaret Hudson of Edina, who is still alive, gave birth to Tonya Hudson on May 12, 1965, in St. Paul. Puckett-Miller grew up in Brooklyn Park and north Minneapolis. In spite of his legal issues, she and Puckett separated in 2002 after getting hitched in 1986. After the split, Puckett-Miller turned her attention to philanthropy, helping to raise millions for groups including Children’s HeartLink and the Puckett Scholars program, which offers financial aid to University of Minnesota students of color. Through the Christian group Safe Families, she provided care for distressed children in their homes.

She also joined a Bible study fellowship where one of the organizers revealed that they had been asking God to match her with a spouse. Miller claims that his late wife informed the friend they shared, “I’m absolutely uninterested. I would only get married if a man knocked on my door. Miller entered Puckett-Miller’s life in just this way when a friend of theirs enquired about helping Kirby Jr., a student at Augsburg University, with some maths.

 “I said, ‘Sure, I’ll go help him,’ and I came walking up to her door,” he said. “She was an amazing, amazing woman.”

Miller worked as a high school math teacher before entering the ministry. Together, Puckett-Miller and Miller have seven children, including two from her union with Puckett, Minneapolis-based Catherine and Kirby Jr., and one son, 14-year-old Tyson Miller. She is also survived by her in-laws, Eunice and Earl Miller, as well as her stepchildren Martin Miller, Mariah Miller, Mikal Miller, and Morgan Carrillo. She also leaves behind her grandchildren Brendan Draper, Nairobi Nelson, Bailey O’Brien, Savannah Puckett, and Kirby Puckett III. After suffering a severe stroke, Kirby Puckett passed away on March 6, 2006, in Phoenix. A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday at noon at Progressive Baptist Church, 1505 Burns Avenue in St. Paul, with visiting starting at 11 a.m.


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