Xenia Simons Miller, 90, died on February 19, 2008 at her home in Columbus, Indiana.
At the time of her death, Mrs. Miller was the president of the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Foundation. She had served as a director of Irwin Management Company, Inc., and Tipton Lakes Company, Inc. She was a life member and trustee-at-large of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and an honorary member of the board of directors of its Columbus Associates. She was also an honorary member of the board of directors of the Columbus Visitors Center.
Mrs. Miller was a founding member and served in numerous elected offices of the North Christian Church in Columbus, Indiana. She served on the board of directors of the Christian Foundation and the Christian Theological Seminary, where she received the Founders’ Day Award in 1995. She was a charter member of the Wm. R. Laws Foundation.
Mrs. Miller was very interested in the arts and music as well as community projects. She was a member of the Indiana Arts Commission (chairperson) and the Indiana Endowment for the Arts (first chairperson), the Indiana State Symphony Society, and numerous other cultural institutions and museums.
Mrs. Miller directed several historic preservation and restoration projects in Columbus, and donated the art gallery in the Commons, which was later named in her honor.
Mrs. Miller received many awards including the Sagamore of the Wabash Award twice, National Governors Association Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts, Governor’s and Indiana Arts Commission’s Indiana Arts Award, among many others. She was named as one of 10 of “Indiana’s Most Influential Women” by the Indianapolis Star Magazine in 1974 and one of five “Most Influential Women in Indiana” by Indianapolis Magazine in 1984.