Shirley Mae "Omi" (Williams) Miller (1940 - 2018)

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Shirley Mae Miller (nee Williams), longtime resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico passed away peacefully on October 8th, 2018. She spent her last days in Wyoming, surrounded by family. She was born on March 20, 1940, in Bernalillo and raised in the Albuquerque area. Her parents were Ralph and Glessie Williams, and Shirley was the second of four children. She grew up in the Albuquerque area and graduated from Highland High School in 1958. Shirley married Raymond Miller on November 28, 1964, and the two were together for 52 years until his death in June of 2016.
She and Ray moved from Albuquerque to Los Alamos in 1966, where soon after she began work as an office manager at the Allergy and Asthma Associates of New Mexico, where she remained for 32 years. In her coworkers and colleagues, Shirley found a steadfast group of friends, with whom she remained close until her death. They cooked and traveled together, confided in and took care of one another. She considered her friends one of the greatest gifts ever given to her. An avid walker, she loved to begin every morning with a brisk trek around the Whiterock loop. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, affectionately referred to as "Omi" by all 6 of her grandchildren. Shirley often volunteered with her church, hospice care, local hospital, and was a member of the Visiting Angels- an outreach program whose focus was those suffering from AIDS. Her kindness and charitable nature were fueled in large part by a deep and abiding faith, as well as a profound love of Christ. She was a docent at the Los Alamos Museum, and had a lifelong love of education and a yearning for new information and experiences.
Shirley has left behind a legacy of kindness, generosity, humility and love. To those who knew and loved her, she was an advocate, confidant, and friend. It's impossible to talk about her without mentioning her razor sharp wit, love of travel, and willingness to give whatever she had to those who had less. Whether it was volunteering time and effort, financial or moral support, Shirley was a giver without question who loved without limit. Even when making significant contributions to one cause or another, she insisted on anonymity and rejected spectacle. For years, Shirley provided her grandchildren with fun, exciting new experiences in a tradition dubbed "Cousins Camp." These outings included theme parks, camping trips, holiday celebrations, and more than one set of matching t-shirts. Her grandchildren owe many fond memories to her giving spirit. She loved to make jokes, and even in her final days was cracking wise in her hospital bed. Though burdened with strenuous physical ailment later in life, her spirit remained unassailable. She was a kind, caring, loving woman. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Gene, as well as her husband Ray, and is survived by her brother Butch (Mary) Williams, sister Jackie Hughes, her two children Christine (Kevin) Jones, Russell (Denise) Miller and 6 grandchildren: Liam Jones, Haydn Jones, Jordan Miller, Hayley Miller, Tristan Miller and Trevor Miller, as well as many nieces and nephews. A graveside service for Shirley and Raymond is planned for Summer of 2019 in Los Alamos, details to follow. We love you, Omi, and we miss you deeply.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Oct. 28, 2018