Dec. 13, 1922 - March 26, 2013
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Long-time Vallejo resident, Mary (Mea) Miller, loving mother and devoted arts and community supporter died peacefully in her sleep at her care home in Auburn, CA.
Born Mary Eleanor Adamson (Mea) in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Major Godfrey Adamson and his wife, Ruby, Mea grew up as an "army brat" in many cities across the US from Cornwall on Hudson in New York to Columbus, Ohio to Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington, where she graduated from high school. Mea received her BA in English from the University of Louisville. She graduated early so she could join the US Navy as a Lieutenant JG in WWII stationed in Washington DC. After the War, she attended Pasadena Playhouse on the GI bill receiving her MA in Directing and launching her career as a drama teacher first in Louisville and eventually at Vallejo Senior High School.
She met Dr. John Miller in Louisville at a Halloween costume party and they were married in 1950 and moved to Vallejo in 1953.
Mea's creative flair and passion for arts and education led her to numerous roles in the Vallejo community chairing events and fund-raisers and holding key board positions for dozens of organizations and philanthropic causes over the years. She worked with Vallejo College Women's Club and Solano County Pan-Hellenic council on scholarship funding programs.
She chaired the "Fractured Follies" for the Vallejo General Hospital Guild, created the award-winning floral displays at the Solano County Fair for the Candy Stripers and the organized fund-raisers and events for the Medical Wives Auxiliary. She was a Girl Scout leader and received the Highland School PTA honorary service award. She also served as a member the Vallejo branch of American Field Service and hosted students from Thailand, Norway and Argentina. She herself was an intrepid traveler and visited many countries around the world including her ambassador role to Akashi, Japan as part of Vallejo's sister city program.
Mea's passion for the arts led her to her long-time role with the Vallejo Symphony as special events chairperson and eventually as its business manager. She also worked behind the scenes and on the stage in Vallejo MIRA productions.
Mea was devoted to her faith and was an active member of Vallejo's First Presbyterian Church, serving as deacon and as president of United Presbyterian Women.
Foremost, Mea was an adoring and supportive mother to her four children and two grandchildren who survive her, Mary Miller of Oakland, Anne Miller of Concord, CA., John C Miller, Jr of Sacramento, W Scott Miller, MD of Grass Valley and his two sons, Scott Patrick and Daniel Miller. She is also survived by her three nieces, Mary Ingleby of Aurora CO, Kim Neville of Nashville, TN and Rebecca Sinolpoli of University City, TX and their extended families.
Mea was always generous with her time, her spirit and her talents. She was blessed with optimism and a sense of caring that touched everyone who knew her.
Memorial services will be held at Vallejo's First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Vallejo Symphony Orchestra www.vallejosymphony.org.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Apr. 5, 2013