Jean Miller

Jean S. Miller

HYDE PARK - Jean Sage Miller born in Newark. New Jersey in February of 1930, the beloved wife of Donald J. Miller of Hyde Park, New York, entered into her life of eternal peace on May 4, 2013, surrounded by the love and presence of her family. She was predeceased by her parents, Bert and Lena Sage, and her sister, Dorothy Loiseau.

Jean was the mother of six children, Dona Murphy of Roxbury, Conn., Gail Tagan of Torrington, Conn., Bruce Miller of Torrington, Conn., Doug Miller of Hyde Park, New York, Kirk Miller of West Chazy, New York, and Jeff Miller of Hyde Park, New York. Jean was able to enjoy seventeen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In 1951, Jean graduated from St. Luke's School of Nursing in New York City as a registered nurse. While raising her family, she worked at Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, Conn. working in Obstetrics and performing private duty and later working in a nursing home. For twenty years, she proudly took part in a voluntary nurses study program that tracked the health of nurses across the country. Her medical background was a benefit to her husband, children, neighbors and various family pets as she treated their illnesses and boo boos.

Jean married her sailor sweetheart, Don, in 1951 and they were proud to spend nearly sixty-two years together. They spent thirty-seven years in Oakville, Conn. before moving to Morris, Conn. when they decided to move out to the "country". There she and her husband maintained a huge garden. She excelled in canning tomatoes, making pickles, and delicious jams and jellies. In addition, she helped her husband run "Don's Pizza", a takeout pizza shop located in the garage.

After leaving Morris, Jean and Don owned a restaurant and tavern in Salt Point, New York where they made many good friends. They moved to upstate New York, settling in the Plattsburgh, New York area before moving to Hyde Park.

Jean had an adventurous side, camping with the entire family in Rhode Island and throughout the Great Lakes area and Niagara Falls. She accompanied her husband Don to Elks Club conventions and was an active lady Elk in the Plattsburgh Lodge. She enjoyed boating and fishing on Lake Champlain and was proud to bait her own hook.

She enjoyed the challenge of crossword puzzles, latch hooking, ceramics and baking Toll House and Snickerdoodle cookies. Jean was an avid cat fan, especially Siamese cats and became an expert in the care of the wide variety of pets and animals that her family accumulated.

Throughout her life, Jean demonstrated great strength of body and spirit. Over the past decade of her life with steely determination and the devoted support of her husband, Don, she fought her way back from several debilitating illnesses that would have been insurmountable to other people, but not Jean. Despite her challenges, her caregivers knew her for her great dignity and sweet smile. She has been a true inspiration for her family and so many others.

Jean's family would like to thank the kind staff of the Renaissance Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Staatsburg, New York and the wonderful nurses and staff on the seventh floor of the Vassar Brothers Medical Center. We also thank Jean's good friend Katrina, who became her special angel enriching her life so much.

Friends may call at the Wm. G. Miller and Son Funeral home, 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, New York, from 5:00pm - 7:00pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. A service will be held at 7:00pm following the calling hours. A service of Christian burial will be held at 11:00am on June 8, 2013 at Christ Church, 1 North Street, Roxbury, Conn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean's name to the Harold Lever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708.

If you need directions or would like to leave an online condolence, please visit www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from May 7 to May 9, 2013