Former Coos Bay councilor to be remembered

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Many people say the City of Coos Bay wouldn't quite be what it is today if it weren't for Cindi Miller and her commitment to make it better.The former city council member passed away over the weekend.Her son Don Miller says this city has truly lost a champion. "Thousands of hours of free time that she gave to this community because she loved it, and she was proud of where she was from," he said.A lifetime dedicated to serving others, Miller sat on the city council for 20 years, was part of K-dock Radio's sales team and served as chair on countless committees and boards.Cindi Miller was in the community and in the hearts of many who live here. "She was a single mom and she knew she had to go out into the business world and she did," Don said. "She never hesitated and she was successful in everything she did."Miller was a pioneer for women in the workplace. "You don't just sit in your little cave, you got out and made things happen," said Don.She helped create staples in this city like the farmer's market downtown and the Bay Area Fun Festival.Former state senator Joanne Verger said Miller was key in making the city events successful. "I do not believe the community would have had the events and the real genius behind them without Cindi Miller," she said.An enormous loss for the entire community, but the one thing her son will miss about his mom? "Her laugh," he said.Miller's memorial service will be held this Friday at 3:00 pm at the Coos Bay Chapel.