Dorothy Miller was born during boom times but on the cusp of the greatest bust of our economy. She spent her childhood summers with her Grandmother in Atlantic City by the sea. She escaped the sweltering and depressed city of Philadelphia throughout the Depression and gave one less mouth to feed for her father who raised and sold canaries to put food on the table. She had six siblings. She was predeceased by all of them including a brother who died at age 3. Dorothy was also predeceased by her WWII veteran husband of nearly 50 years. For the immediate time after his passing in 1983 she lived with her sister and they cared for their ill mother until her death not long after. When her sister passed she stayed on Memphis St in Kensington, right across from NE hospital. She was able to live there on her own until a few years ago. While there Dorothy, her two children, and other family members celebrated holidays and birthdays and all of the life events of any family. When it became apparent she could no longer live there by herself she moved between her son and daughter’s home until her death.
Dorothy always loved remembering her times at the shore and she never would let one pay for her portion of the meal when out. Sometime she and Gail would play hid either twenty. This would be when after a visit and a meal out and after losing the argument over her son or daughter paying her portion; Gail would hide a twenty or more somewhere, in a pocket under a centerpiece or wherever Dorothy was sure to find it in time. Once Dorothy knew this scheme she would serendipitously place the found money from the previous visit, would be found later in Gail or John’s coat pocket. She loved baby dolls and had a nice assortment. She anticipated son John’s visit every Sunday and was concerned for him whenever he was even a little late. John made a point to bring her flowers often all of her favorites Gladiolas, Hyacinths, or any combination of pink and white flowers. Another regular event was her outings with Gail on Wednesdays for shopping, movies, and meals. Her niece Carol called her on almost a weekly basis which always brightened her day.
When at Gail’s she enjoyed being outside when she could. She enjoyed the activity of the 4+5 year old neighbor children who played games with her. All of Gail’s neighbors would stop by and visit her. As her grandson wrote oh his Facebook page, “she was the nicest lady”.
Visitation Wednesday 11:00am until the Services at 12noon at DAVIS & WAGNER FUNERAL HOME 171 Delaware St. Woodbury, NJ. Interment Eglington Cemetery. Memories and condolences shared at daviswagner.com