Hattie May Smith-Miles
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On Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 1:30 p.m., Mrs. Hattie Smith-Miles - our beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt, cousin, friend, and community activist and icon - passed away unexpectedly (not related to the Coronavirus disease). Her passing was two days before her Links, Inc. sister Mrs. Kamala D. Harris was confirmed as the first woman of color and first Madam Vice President of the United States of America. Mrs. Miles was 84 years young. She was born in Tallulah, LA and at age 10 moved to Vallejo, CA. She recently learned that her African ancestry is linked to the Akan people in Ghana. Mrs. Miles has nine children. She married the love of her life, Robert B. Miles on July 20, 1974.She received her Bachelor's degree in Business Communications from Clayton University in 1989; her paralegal studies began at Sonoma State University in 1990 and she received her Paralegal Certificate from Napa Valley College in 1993; and became a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor after receiving her Certificate in Alcohol & Drug Studies (ADS) from Diablo Valley College in 1996. Mrs. Miles lived a life filled with compassion and purpose. She leaves a legacy of service to the city of Vallejo and surrounding areas. From 1968-1994, she was a valuable Intake Worker/Paralegal at Solano County Legal Assistance Services. In parallel, between 1980-1988, she and her husband owned and operated the Miles Group Home - assisting individuals with mental health issues. She also started the clean and sober facility - House of Acts - in her home in 1987. In 1989, she ran for Vallejo City Council. Her platform was "A Person for the People," which ignited her movement to initiate an action plan for substance abuse recovery, mental wellness, family reunification, and reducing the recidivism rate in Vallejo.As one of the pioneers in Solano County's movement to advocate for substance abuse recovery, Mrs. Miles had participated in numerous programs geared towards health, wellness, empowerment, and community enrichment. Mrs. Miles was a longstanding member and on the Deaconess Board of Revival Center Ministries in Vallejo. Also, she was an active member of: Black Women Organized for Political Action (Solano/Napa Chapter); Golden Star #90 Order of the Eastern Star (past Worthy Matron at #19); Menelik Court #53 Daughters of Imperial Court (past Honorary Commandress); National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (former NAACP Vice President - Vallejo Branch); National Council of Negro Women (Vallejo Section); and The Links, Incorporated (Solano/Napa Chapter). She shared her love with everyone she came into contact with. She will be missed and her love will be felt for years to come. Survivors include four sons, Ralph Garner, Ezra Smith, and Edmond Wade of Vallejo, CA and Wesley (Punkin) Wade of Las Vegas, NV; two daughters, La'Rese (Rufus) Wade-Boughton of Suisun City, CA and Rob'Lena (Shay) Miles of Vallejo, CA; three brothers, David George Powell, Richard Powell, and Robert Powell, all of Vallejo, CA; and two sisters, Paulette McNeal of Topeka, KS and Hattie McNeal of Florida; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and loved ones. Mrs. Miles is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Boyd Miles; mother, Georgia May Thomas-Powell; father, Clarence McNeal Jr.; daughter, Odetta Kimberly Wade; sons, Tilley Garner and Marcel Lamont Wade; sisters, Susiette McNeal and Louise McNeal; and brothers, Adam Powell, Willie McNeal, Clarence David McNeal-Chew III, Charlie E. Powell Jr., James Leslie McNeal, and Isiah Wesley McNeal. The family of Hattie Smith-Miles requests your presence to celebrate her life and legacy. Those of you who knew and loved Hattie Smith-Miles knew she was a dedicated, determined humanitarian and a social innovator for the city of Vallejo and at-risk populations. In her memory we will honor her with a "Celebration of Life" Ceremony and "Homegoing" Parade. A viewing will take place on Sunday, November 22 from noon to 6 p.m. at Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home, 524 Capitol Street, Vallejo. Services will be held on Monday, November 23 at 11 a.m. at the Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Dr., Vallejo. Within the enclosed area at the Fairgrounds, you may attend the "shelter-in-grace funeral" services from the privacy and comfort of your car via microbroadcasting.For those traveling from a long distance, we recommend that you make reservations at Courtyard by Marriott (Vallejo/Napa Valley) or DoubleTree by Hilton (Napa Valley/American Canyon). We hope you will join the family and friends of Mrs. Hattie Smith-Miles to celebrate her love and life.Please Note: We are enforcing COVID-conscious restrictions. In order to attend the viewing and services, we require: face masks, social-distancing, love, and peace.Please convey your condolences at: VidHug: tinyurl.com/vidhug-celebrate-hattie or Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home.wiggins-knipp.com/m/obituaries/Hattie-Smith-Miles/Memories
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Published in Times Herald Online from Nov. 18 to Nov. 23, 2020.
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November 27, 2020
Rest in peace Ms Hattie thank you for all the love and support you gave me through your program you will be missed but your legacy will continue to carry on God bless the entire family
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Jose perez
Friend
November 23, 2020
Rest In Peace Boss Lady. My most passionate condolences. Let the Lord hold you for eternity.
Cynthia Smith and Family.
Cynthia Smith Kelley
Friend
November 22, 2020
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November 22, 2020
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Maxine Mccarver
November 22, 2020
My deepest condolences to a wonderful lady of the community I met Ms Hattie back in the nineties she worked downtown way back then and I was seeking a divorce she never knew me but I couldn’t tell she treated me as her daughter she came too this planet to do exactly what our Father God directed her too do in such a beautiful and unique way I just loved her and her family so much Rest Easy Ms Hattie and prayers going up for entire family ❤
Vanessa
Friend
November 22, 2020
Hattie was a wonderful and loving lady with a beautiful personality and smile. Hattie have known me for many years. My condolences to the family she will be greatly miss. Hattie now that you have your wings fly on and Rest in paradise.
KIM WARREN
Friend
November 21, 2020
Condolences from the Revival Center Deaconess Board. Hattie was a friend to each of us and we will truly miss her. Hattie was faithful in her service as a deaconess, from serving communion, visiting rest homes and shut-ins, serving at repasts, and more. There were also fun times - Christmas celebrations, movies, and church picnics and more. She had words of wisdom for anyone who wanted to glean them from her. With all of her many commitments she never seemed rushed or overwhelmed. She even found time to bring each of us gifts from her trips. Now those gifts will be keepsakes for us. And that smile! Her eyes and whole face lit up when she smiled. Made you feel that everything was gonna be alright! Whenever we are back in our church building we will miss sitting in a group with Hattie. When our pastor would say "heaven is nice this time of year" we would nod and smile and sometimes say it with him. Rest in heaven, Sister Hattie
Shirley Slaton
Friend
November 21, 2020
i am so sorry i lost my sister and i miss here and i now she was a help a lot of people and i will always will remember her love you you so much miss you you don,t have to suffer no more love you you still here watching us always
mae mcneal
Sister
November 21, 2020
Words can't express the sadness in my heart for the lost of our amazing icon. A woman I graciously called Mom. Knowing that God makes no mistakes, and its her time to answer his call. She have fought a good fight and have kept the faith. Thank you Mom for touching so many lives including mine. Now you shall receive your greatest reward ... The word teaches us to rejoice during this time, but it is hard when she is missed so much.
I'll continue to pray strength and acceptance to the family.
She’s smiling because she's now with the only one he loves more then us
Rest in paradise good soldier
Valerie Madison
Friend
November 20, 2020
What a wonderful person God,bless you all.
Denise Smith Carbin
Friend
November 19, 2020
Edmond,
Our deepest condolences
Love, strength, and fond memories will carry you and your family through.
The Hall family Byron, Tanya, Children and Grandchildren
Family
November 19, 2020
My condolences & prayers to the family ...Mrs Hattie will live forever in the hearts of many who resided in Vallejo including myself she helped me become successful at my 1st job at Solano County Legal Assistance... Vallejo Chapter ...this is so hard ... I love you Mrs Hattie..
Drena Swangin
Coworker
November 18, 2020
My deepest condolences to you and your family. We have truly lost an Icon for the city of Vallejo.
Carle Alexander
November 18, 2020
Pray for us, Hattie, you’ve got the best seat! Although it is always a hard process of loss when someone we love is called away, we gain heavenly influence through their adventurous new life. She was always kind and supportive to me. Blessed to call my newest angel, Hattie.
Katie Pier
Coworker
November 18, 2020
Pray for us, Hattie, you’ve got the best seat! Although it is always a hard process of loss when someone we love is called away, but we gain heavenly influence through their adventurous new life. She was always kind and supportive to me. Blessed to call my nest angel, Hattie.
Katie Pier
Coworker
November 18, 2020
Hattie was a beautiful person, she always greeted me and those around her with the most beautiful smile, she will be missed❤
Judith Bell
Friend
November 18, 2020
I love Miss Hattie as though she was my mother, I have known her and her family as far back as I can remember, I sincerely express my condolences to the family and please know that my family share's in your grief.
frederick d sims
Friend
November 18, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Louise Jenkins
Family
November 18, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
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