History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.
Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Thomas Miller Mortuary of Corona has the distinction of being the oldest continuing business in Corona California. It takes being a family-owned business, where values are passed from one generation to the next. Thomas Miller Mortuary, our family tradition of service has been evolving for over 100 years.
Roger and Pat Miller purchased in 1969 making the name Thomas Miller Mortuary what it is today. Roger Miller moved to California in 1959 and attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Sciences. Prior to heading up Thomas Miller he worked for nine years for White Mortuary in Watsonville California.
Now the second generation of Millers became part of the firm in 1992 when Roger and Pat's son Chris, joined his parents as a director. Chris Miller is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor's degree in business. He also attended Cypress college and received his associates degree in mortuary science.
The present day mortuary is an ultra-modern facility featuring a spacious chapel with a seating capacity of 250, adequate off-street parking and an attractively landscaped setting. The facility is a full service mortuary, meaning that services and merchandise for every type of arrangement, budget and preference are available.
Choosing a funeral home is not something families do every day. But when the need arises, and a decision must be made, families are reassured by our excellent reputation of service. Then, there is the matter of trust. In a time when emotions are strongly felt, there is comfort in being treated with compassion and respect. This is Thomas Miller Mortuary’s commitment to you.
Often, it’s possible to judge a business by what it is not. We are not part of a chain. We are not a single location among hundreds in a conglomerate. We have no obligation to any out-of-state “main office.” Families who are suddenly faced with planning a funeral appreciate our assurance that our only obligation is to you, and we will attend to your needs at any hour of the day or night.
Thomas Miller Mortuary is proud of the company's longevity and the countless number of families served during their times of greatest need. We are here to help you in your time of need.
Our Valued Staff
Chris Miller, Owner / Operator / Funeral Director / Embalmer
A second generation funeral director, Chris Miller began working in the family business as a teenager and by the age of fourteen had already assisted on his first removal. After graduating high school in 1984, Chris decided to leave the family business to attend college at California Polytechnic University of Pomona. He graduated from the University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Restaurant Management.
Around the time of his wedding to Rhonda S. Leurck in June of 1991, Chris decided that he was no longer interested in the food service industry. He still had the need to continue to serve people, so Chris decided to leave his job at Taco Bell Corporate in December of 1991 to pursue a career in the family business. Chris immediately went back to school, enrolling in the Mortuary Science Program at Cypress College. Chris graduated in December of 1992 with a degree in Mortuary Science and received the highest honor from the program, the Melvin Hilgenfeld Award. Chris continued on, receiving his California Embalmer License in November of 1993, followed by his California Funeral Directors License in September of 1997 and his Crematory Manager License in 2010.
In December of 1993 came the birth of his first child, a girl named Reagan Lynn. In April of 1997, Chris and Rhonda welcomed their second child, a boy named Colin Bryant. During this time, Chris continued the fine traditions that his parents, Roger and Pat Miller, had started in 1969 at Thomas Miller Mortuary in Corona, California. Following the death of his father in 2006, Chris and his wife Rhonda purchased Thomas Miller Mortuary from his mother. In 2007, he added a second location in Riverside, California called Sierra Memorial Chapel and in 2011 he opened their on-site Crematory named Cremation Society of Southern California.
Over the past 25 years, Chris has become involved with numerous organizations throughout his community, including: servicing on the City of Corona Parks and Recreational Services Commission as a Parks Commissioner; The Corona Regional Medical Center Governing Board of Directors, where he currently serves as Board Chairman; Corona Chamber of Commerce as a board member; The Unforgettables Foundation (an organization which helps families with the loss of their children) as a past board member; Circle City Rotary Club.. Chris is also a member of the California Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA). In his spare time, he loves to cook, collect vintage wine and spend time with his family.
Thomas Miller Mortuary has been a member of OGR for more than 65 years.
Rhonda Miller, Owner / Operator
Caring for people comes naturally for Rhonda Miller, who joined her husband, Chris, in perpetuating the family business. Thomas Miller Mortuary, established in 1891 is the longest continued family operation in Corona. Rhonda, Chris and family have been serving the community of Corona for over 40 years. Rhonda and Chris continue to offer families the highest level of personalized care and service while catering to all faiths. Rhonda is also conscientious and participates with her family in the American Cancer Society- Corona Relay for Life, The Foundation for Community and Family Health, and is on the committee for the Every 15 Minutes Program.
Keysha Licea, Office Manager / Funeral Arranger
Keysha was born and raised in Southern California. Having a servants heart she worked in customer service most of her life. Early in her professional career Keysha worked many years in retail as a department supervisor for Home Depot. After going through some personal challenges changed directions and began to work for Perris Valley Cemetery for several years. She was recruited by Evans-Brown Mortuary as a funeral arranger for a few years. Working as an associate at the local funeral home, she knew that her heart was dedicated to helping families in their time of need. In June of 2009 Keysha joined the staff at Thomas Miller Mortuary where she has been an asset to our caring and compassionate staff and will continue to serve families in our community with a level of service that goes beyond what is expected.
Erica Medrano, Funeral Arranger/Death Certificate Clerk
Erica was born and raised in Southern California. She has spent the last 12 years in the funeral industry and has a passion for helping people at their time of need after losing a loved one. She is a mother of four boys Zackery, Quenton, Donovan, and Ricky, and is very involved in their sports and extra-curricular activities. Her and her husband Mike love sports, especially football and the Los Angeles Rams. She joined the staff at Thomas Miller Mortuary in September of 2015.
Roger Slyter, Funeral Director / Embalmer
Roger was born and raised in Oregon. He worked in the Timber Industry for many years until moving to Southern California in 1995; where he began his career in Funeral Service. Roger served his apprenticeship with Alhiser-Comer Mortuary in Escondido; where he served for twenty years. He joined the staff at Thomas Miller Mortuary in 2015.
In his free time, Roger enjoys golfing, fishing and gardening.
George Diaz, Funeral Attendant / Crematory Operator
George was born and raised in Orange County, California. He moved to Corona in 1995. He graduated from Centennial High School in 2007. He started working for the Miller's back in February of 2007. George’s responsibilities at Thomas Miller include all aspects of keeping the Mortuary, inside and outside in top condition year round as well as assisting with families at services. George has become a valuable asset to Thomas Miller Mortuary and takes pride in the work that he performs.
Elma Rosales, Funeral Attendant
Abigail Adam, Apprentice Embalmer/Funeral Director
Elliott James, After Care / Preneed Counselor
Elliott James has been a Corona resident since 1986. He has been professionally trained in the funeral industry and has the experience in advance planning for many years. Elliott is a family service counselor, and has a sincere and empathetic attitude in helping our families with end of life decisions in a loving and thoughtful way. Elliott will assist you as a family in making your own decisions regarding advance planning, regardless if that decision is cremation or burials services. Elliott has been licensed by the State of California and has shown eagerness and enthusiasm in helping our families make decisions regarding their final disposition.
Diane Barrlett, After Care / Preneed Counselor
Diana Barlet has been serving families in our industry for over 16 years. She prides herself as being one of the best advance planning specialists and aftercare counselor.
Paul Mariscal, Funeral Attendant/First Call Attendant
Paul Mariscal was born in Orange, California and raised locally in Riverside, California. Paul attended Riverside City College and is currently enrolled in Cypress College, pursuing his degree in mortuary science. He is an animal lover. He has 2 dogs, Chela and Bailey; 1 cat, Ramona and 1 bearded dragon, Klause.
Paul enjoys, camping, kayaking, traveling and helping people in need. Paul worked at Westminster Memorial Park before joining our staff in January 2016.