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Gladys Miller(1933-2013)

Gladys Miller
1933 - 2013
East Dummerston - Gladys (Braley) Miller, 79, of East Dummerston, passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, April 26, 2013, following a period of ill health.
Gladys Ward Braley, the youngest of four daughters, was born at home to George R. and Gladys (Ward) Braley in Putney, in August, 1933. She attended the one-room Washburn School for six years, Putney Central School and was a member of the last class to graduate from BHS in 1951.
Gladys had some piano lessons, practiced her sister's lessons, and at the age of twelve was able to play the organ at the Putney Federated Church. She became fulltime organist there in high school. For over 40 years she had been the organist at Dummerston Congregational Church, UCC.
On Easter Sunday, 1953, at the Putney Federated Church, Miss Braley married Dwight R. Miller, Jr. of East Dummerston. She moved to the farmhouse on Miller Road where Dwight grew up, and they lived there all their married life.
In her early days in Dummerston, Mrs. Miller was an active member of Home Dem, PTA, the Evening Star Grange, and was a 4-H leader. Later, she volunteered at Dummerston School. The Millers had been members of Green Mountain Squares dance club - they met at a dance in West Dummerston.
As a member of the Dummerston Congregational Church, Gladys served in many capacities, including, Clerk, Deacon, and member of the Strawberry Supper, Apple Pie Festival, and Music Committees. Gladys and Dwight had been on the Waubanong 4-H Camp Board for many years, and were active Farm Bureau members. The Windham Co. Farm Bureau named her "1980 Farm Wife of the Year." Gladys had most recently been the Secretary of Vermont Farm Bureau, on the board of Windham County Farm Bureau, and the Chair of the Dummerston Community Chest. She was also a member of the Dummerston Historical Society and Dummerston Women's Assoc.
For 43 years, she was behind the making of thousands of apple pies for the church fundraiser, Dummerston Apple Pie Festival. She also made countless pies sold as "Mom's Pies" or "Grandma's Pies" at Dwight Miller Orchards' booth at the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market for many years, and for special orders.
Above all, Gladys was a homemaker. In addition to her husband and their own four children, she provided a home for nieces and nephews, exchange students through IFYE (International Farm Youth Exchange), School for International Training, and the horticultural program between Bath (England) University and UVM, as well as many others. Her home was always open, the coffee pot on, and she was a gracious hostess for any occasion.
Gladys enjoyed watching birds at the feeder, listening to classical music, knitting prayer shawls, and doing crossword puzzles. She had a wide circle of friends, and doted on her children, grandchildren, and her cat, Mittens, all of them brought great joy to her life.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 55 years, Dwight R. Miller, Jr., in 2008; by infant daughter, Deborah Arms Miller, and by her sister, Harriett Aplin.
Mrs. Miller is survived by four children, Susan of Brattleboro, D. Read Miller, III, and wife Malah, of Dummerston, Catherine of Dummerston, and Jennifer and husband, Jason Palmer, of Kapolei, Hawaii; grandchildren Martha, Ruth and William Miller, and Kailey and Catherine Palmer; two sisters, Sylvia Barton of Springfield, and Ruth Allard of Dummerston, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral Services will be conducted Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. at Dummerston Congregational Church with Rev. Susanna Griefen, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the Miller family lot in Dummerston Center Cemetery.
Following the committal services at the cemetery, a reception will be held at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center.
Friends are invited to call at the ATAMANIUK FUNERAL HOME Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Atamaniuk Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dummerston Congregational Church Memorial Fund, c/o Catherine Miller, 18 Canoe Brook Rd, Apt. 1, E Dummerston, VT 05346; or Dummerston Community Chest, c/o Jean Newell, Treasurer, PO Box 483, W. Dummerston, VT 05357.
To sign an online guest book with messages of condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Atamaniuk Funeral Home.

Published in Brattleboro Reformer on May 1, 2013
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