Dolores Mulligan Miller

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    - Joanne Cavan
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    - Jean Jones
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DOLORES MULLIGAN MILLER Dolores Mulligan Miller passed away peacefully on May 8, 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina with the company of family and the prayers of friends. Dolores was the daughter of Florence and John Mulligan and lived in Rockville Centre on Long Island, New York until her marriage to her husband of 58 years, Raymond Miller, who predeceased her in January 2017. She was the proud mother of four girls Elise Karnegis (Tony), Sara Essert (Glenn), Gabrielle Collins (Ed) and Alison Quatrini (Phillip) and the doting grandmother to six loving grandchildren (who never missed an opportunity to playfully tease their "Nana".) She is also survived by her sister Maureen and husband James Quinn of Wilmington, NC, and brother John Mulligan and wife Maureen of Fort Mill, SC. Dolores was creative in many disciplines. She enjoyed taking classes at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts while completing her degree at Simmons College in Fine Arts. A fair amount of her work career was in the publishing arena, a field that piqued her interest while working as a proofreader at Newsday (a Long Island Daily) during her senior year at college. She went on to become an assistant editor at McGraw Hill and later at R.R. Bowker. An accomplished seamstress, she sewed many of her own outfits as a young woman - and took special satisfaction making festive clothes for her four girls, elegant velvet dresses at Christmas and Dotted Swiss outfits for Easter celebrations. Her creativity extended to refinishing furniture. Taking throwaways from relatives and "junk" from thrift shops, she turned them into lovely pieces of furniture. Early in her marriage the growing Miller family lived in Caracas, Venezuela for 6 years while Ray was working for U.S. Steel. They returned to Long Island in 1965, eventually settling in Old Field to raise their children and be close by to their beloved families. In 1993 they retired to Wilmington, North Carolina (Porter's Neck) where they met wonderful new friends. Dolores rekindled her interest in oil painting and music and enjoyed painting in her sun-filled porch. She took great enjoyment playing ukulele in the "Slightly Off-Key String-a-longs" (SOKS) band that entertained many facilities in the area. Dolores was active in and served on the Board of the Assistant League of Greater Wilmington. Dolores always saw the glass as half-full and she took to heart her favorite expression "count your blessings." A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church, Eastwood Road, Wilmington on Saturday, May 26th, at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, NC. Condolences for the family can be sent online at
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Andrews Mortuary & Crematory - Market Street Chapel
Wilmington, NC 28401
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from May 16 to May 20, 2018