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Cross of Love Donated to UC


Williamsburg, Ky. – While some run from adversity and surrender during hard times, Zeba Margaret “Pat” Miller is an inspiration to others. Four years ago, when faced with a terminal illness diagnosis, Miller responded by making and giving away Crosses of Love.

Miller made her crosses with the intent that they would carry the love of Jesus and provide hope to others when they needed it the most. At first the crosses went out to family and friends, but as hope was shared inspiration spread. Ms. Miller and others began sending crosses to St. Jude Hospital, Appalachian children and various organizations that provide relief.

On October 10, 2012, Miller passed away while surrounded by her loved ones. Before her death, when she was asked about her crosses, she said: “I began the crosses to give to my family as a way of showing my love for them and to honor Jesus. Each cross is hand-crafted with love and when finished I ask the blessing of Jesus upon the cross.”

In honor of Miller’s memory, her family donated one of her Crosses of Love to the University of the Cumberlands (UC) Cross Collection, located in the Cumberland Inn Museum. Miller’s son, Mr. Patrick Arnold (Williamsburg, Ky.) made the donation for the family.

“Our families and great-grandchildren visit here,” said Miller’s daughter Vickie Reed, referring not only to alums but to Miller’s granddaughter Whitney Arnold, a Human Services senior at UC. “While she deteriorated, she continued to spread hope among others. It is important for our family to have that cross in the museum as part of the healing process.”

Although Miller is gone, her memory continues to thrive through the crosses she made to share God’s love, and through and the loved ones that were blessed to have known her. UC is honored to be included in that legacy.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit