Joan McBride Clifford Miller (1930 - 2017)

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      Joan McBride Clifford Miller, cherished mother, grandmother and loyal friend, 87, Coral Gables, FL, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2017, surrounded by her four children. Joan's strength and tenacity while battling several afflictions for more than a decade were remarkable and inspiring to her loving family and friends, skilled physicians, and devoted caregivers. Her hallmark witty comebacks, self-deprecating humor, and concern for others remained with Joan to her last days.

      Joan was born on January 26, 1930, in Evanston, IL, to John McBride and Elizabeth Gambrill. Later, she moved with her divorced mother to Delray Beach, FL. Joan's mother met Paul Clifford, an entrepreneur from Minneapolis where they later married. Joan, with her mother, adoptive father, and young siblings, Peter, Grace and Paul, Jr., lived in a stately home on Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata, MN.

      Joan attended The Hockaday School, a college preparatory boarding school in Dallas, TX, and then the Northrop Collegiate School for Girls in Minneapolis. Joan studied Foreign Languages at the University of Minnesota where she met her first husband, Richard Quinn from St. Paul, MN. They had two children, Kathy and Tom, and ultimately settled in South Florida. Gradually, Joan developed into a superb gourmet cook and discovered her brilliant writing talent and other creative abilities.

      After her divorce in 1960, Joan's wide range of skills became evident through her diverse job experiences: substitute teaching, office manager at a prominent doctor's office in Coral Gables, secretary and events planner at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, writer at The Coral Gables Gazette, manuscript editor for several local authors, and, finally, until her retirement at age 72, author of Proclamations and Resolutions on behalf of the elected City Commission of the City of Coral Gables. Joan was most proud of and enthusiastic of this latter position and only retired at the insistence of her children.

      Joan married John "Jack" Miller of Coral Gables, a pilot for Pan Am, in July 1966. They had two daughters, Melinda and Amy. The expanded family of six then moved to the Snapper Creek Lakes community of Miami.

      Joan's greatest joy was being with her children and their families, supporting each of them in every possible way. She also tirelessly devoted her energy and support to her many friends with whom she shared her love of cooking, entertaining, shopping, antique collecting, knitting, and beach trips from the Florida Keys to Shelter Harbor, RI. Lastly, Joan maintained her strong passion for playing competitive bridge throughout her life - notching her final victory four days prior to her passing.

      Joan is survived by her son, Tom Quinn (Marcie) of Weston, FL, and three daughters: Kathy Quinn Egan (Terry) of Hood River, OR, Melinda Miller Dyer (John) of Suwanee, GA, and Dr. Amy Miller Hartman (Dan) of Monroe, NC; six grandchildren: Nicholas Egan, Kasey and Ryan Quinn, and Evan, Mason, and Carson Dyer; brother, John H. McBride, Jr. of Simsbury, CT; sister-in-law Nancy (Miller) McLemore of Coral Gables, FL; and, brother-in-law Gerald Holloway of Pacifica, CA. 

A Memorial Service will be held in January 2018.

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Published in the Miami Herald on Dec. 7, 2017
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