After a full and active life, Laura Miller, 90, died peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 13, 2013, surrounded by family in her home in Williamsburg.
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She is survived by her devoted daughters Susan Keilitz of Williamsburg, and Janice McIntosh of Denver, their husbands (Ingo Keilitz and Lonnie McIntosh), five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Laura was born in the small town of Dupo, Il., on Feb. 4, 1922, but would not remain a small-town girl. She earned a B.S. in Nursing from Washington University in St. Louis, where she met her husband, A. Dwight Miller, Jr., near the end of World War II. The couple made their home in Cincinnati; Laura taught at Jewish Hospital School of Nursing and was actively involved in the initial drive to widely vaccinate children against polio.
She went on to become a school nurse, teach health, work as a high school guidance counselor, and earn a master's degree at the University of Cincinnati. She culminated her professional career at Cincinnati's Great Oaks Vocational Technical High School as the director of an innovative program that matched the workplace skills needed by major local employers to the students' learning experiences. At midlife, Laura learned to pilot the couple's Cessna Cardinal 172.
After retirement, Laura and Dwight moved to Sarasota, Fl., where Laura volunteered for the Red Cross, public library, elementary schools, and child welfare system, and got in a little golf. After Dwight's death in 1999, she moved to Williamsburg, where she volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and for Avalon: A Center for Women and Children. She became skilled at duplicate bridge, enjoyed family gatherings, hosted a book club, and burned through hundreds of books on her Nook.
Laura was buried alongside her husband on Jan. 18, in Arlington Memorial Gardens in Cincinnati. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith in Action, 354 McLaws Circle, Suite 2, Williamsburg, 23185, or Avalon, P.O. Box 6805, Williamsburg, 23188.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Jan. 18 to Feb. 17, 2013