Mary Parks Miller, 90, passed away Monday July 27, 2015 in her home in Virginia Beach. She was born on October 12, 1924 in Beckley, WV. As a young woman, Mary moved to Norfolk where she met Jim Miller when both sang in the Park Place Methodist church choir. After a brief, wartime romance, they were wed in California and were happily married for 71 years. Mary was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church where she was active in the choir, Sunday school, Bible studies, the Prayer Shawl Ministry and the Congregational Care Unit. She loved to knit and generously shared the results of her talent with others. She was also known for her horticultural expertise with African violets and served as a past President of the African Violet Society of Virginia Beach.
Her loving, caring ways will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Left to cherish her precious memory are her husband, James F. Miller, Jr.; her sister, Eva; her daughter –in-law, Debbie Miller; granddaughter, Jessica Miller; grandson, Patrick Miller; two great-granddaughters and a great grandson. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her son, James F. “Frank” Miller III; two sisters and a brother.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew’s UMC, 717 Tucson Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462. A reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Mary’s name to St. Andrew’s UMC.
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