DOVER -- Michele Rae Miller, 47, of New Philadelphia, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Union Hospital in Dover following a sudden illness.

Shelly, as she was known to her friends and family, was born Jan. 10, 1963, in Coshocton, a daughter of the late Willis and Moira (Saylor) Tufford.

Shelly was a graduate of Newcomerstown High School's Class of 1981 and would go on to work for more than 16 years at the former Mr. Donut and then later the Donut Connection at Dover. Most recently, she had held a position with an area telemarketing firm which helped to raise funds for area volunteer organizations.

In her spare time, Shelly enjoyed reading and working on her computer where she would chat with friends and play games online. Baking, playing the card game Skip Bo, caring for her pets and spending time with friends and family were other passions of Shelly's.

Annually, she looked forward to the Christmas season when she would take evening drives to look at the holiday decorations and lights that brightened the night sky.

Shelly leaves behind a daughter, Chelsey Miller of the home; a fiancé, Donald Gordon Jr. of New Philadelphia; and two brothers, Michael (Rhonda) Tufford of Clinton and Marc (Marge) Tufford of Coshocton.

Two nephews, one niece, four great-nephews and three great-nieces, as well as a number of aunts and uncles complete the family.

A celebration gathering to remember Shelly's life was hosted by her family Jan. 16 in the Tuscarawas County YMCA, 600 Monroe St., Dover.

Those unable to attend, may send personal condolences or share a memory of Shelly by signing the online guest registry located on the funeral home's Web site, www.geibcares.com.

In lieu of floral offerings, the family requests that memorial contributions in Shelly's name be directed to the Michael E. Tufford, Michele Miller Memorial Fund, c/o any Chase Bank location.