Nancy Miller, ’62. 1945-2006
Nancy Irene Miller Parker passed away October 10, 2006.
Born in Fullerton, CA. in 1945 to a long time citrus growing family. Nancy was a fourth generation Californian, descendant of Western European immigrants.
She graduated in the first class to attend all four years at the then new Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton.
In March of 1964 she married Philip M. Miller, of Long Beach, CA., himself a California native. After staying for eight years in Visalia, CA., the Millers moved to Hemet in 1974, and lived in the same home till the present. The grounds around the house are a testament to Nancy's love for growing all types of flowers and bushes. She inherited her father's green thumb, and could make almost anything grow and thrive.
Nancy was a Christian and led her husband, and children into belief in Jesus Christ for salvation. She was an excellent cook and homemaker. Nancy also had an artistic bent, starting with prize winning dressmaking skills, to pottery, silver jewelry making, glass bead blowing, stained glass work, and of course all types of sewing hand work. All her children, grandchildren, grandnieces, grandnephews, and several friend's children were the recipients of knitted baby blankets and possibly a complete knitted layette set.
Nancy volunteered with both old and young, with the elderly to share flowers and her trust in her Savior, with the young to mainly share her dressmaking expertise and also trained several persons in piano playing.
Nancy was active in 4-H from her young years through high school when she was leader of her group in Buena Park, CA. She became involved again, for a few years, during the 1980's, when her daughter wanted to join 4-H.
Shortly after arriving in Hemet, the family joined First Baptist Church of Hemet, and stayed there for some time, only lately becoming involved at Calvary Chapel of Hemet.
When her children were high school age, Nancy went back to college and realized her life-long ambition of becoming a nurse. She became a Registered Nurse at age 40, and worked at the Hemet Hospital for over 11 years. After retiring, she did volunteer work in the newborn nursery at that hospital.
Nancy is survived by her husband of 42 years, Phil; children: Andrew Scott Miller, and his wife, Shelley (Chase) of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. and Amy Lee Elmore, and her husband, Verne Elmore, of Hemet.
She leaves five grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Drew Miller, and Alexandra Miller of Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca., and Amber (Chabot) Elmore, Jacob Elmore, and Bethany Elmore, all of Hemet.
Nancy succumbed to a fast advancing brain cancer, which was only detected in late October of 2005. When it was discovered to be incurable, she told her husband "I've had a good life, God gives and God can take away...I'm OK with that.".
This is almost a direct quote from the book of Job in the Old Testament. She had no fear of death - and only slight apprehension concerning the road to get to death. She maintained her spirit and cheerfulness to the last.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any donations to the cause of cancer research - particularly to the unknowns of brain cancer. A memorial service is planned for Sat., Oct. 21 at 4pm at the sanctuary of Calvary Chapel of Hemet, located at Hemet Street and Acacia Avenue, Hemet, CA.
Published in Press-Enterprise from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2006