KEYSER - Those who knew Marian (Ravenscroft) Miller best knew that she loved to read.
It was a love she shared with her granddaughter, Makenna Staggers, and she was therefore extremely proud when Makenna established a “Little Free Library” in the Sally Burnside Park on Water Street as her senior project at Keyser High School last year.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Those who knew Marian (Ravenscroft) Miller best knew that she loved to read.
It was a love she shared with her granddaughter, Makenna Staggers, and she was therefore extremely proud when Makenna established a “Little Free Library” in the Sally Burnside Park on Water Street as her senior project at Keyser High School last year.
Marian, a 14-year survivor of breast cancer, passed away on July 29, 2019.
In addition to her love of reading, she was also known for immersing herself in all types of service to her community, whether it was as a member of the Limestone CEOS, the Mineral County Master Gardeners, Calvary United Methodist Church, or the Headsville Countryside Ruritan Club, among other organizations.
Following her passing, the Countryside Ruritan members began searching for a way to properly honor her memory, and came up with what could perhaps be the perfect tribute.
The club purchased a beautifully decorated bench which they placed in the park beside the Little Library, thus providing a quiet and comfortable spot for anyone to sit and read under the canopy of the trees.
“We chose this place because of her love for her granddaughter in helping her to place a Little Library for others to enjoy reading,” Judy Paugh said last Friday during a small dedication ceremony at the park.
“This was something that Marian enjoyed doing and she wanted others to be able to read too,” she said.
Fellow Ruritan member Shirley Tasker then read the words to the song “Make Me a Blessing,” which she said perfect summed up Marian’s desire to help others in any way she could.
“Marian was an amazing woman,” Tasker said. “We are excited to be doing this in her memory.”
The ceremony was attended by members of Marian’s family, as well as members of the Headsville Ruritan and the Limestone CEOS.
Everyone is welcome to stop by the Sally Burnside Park and enjoy the bench and books in the Little Library.