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MILLER MARTHA ANN MILLER Martha Ann Miller (Riggs), age 106 of Arlington, VA, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. She was born August 6, 1911 as the daughter of the late William Robert Riggs and Minnie Rachel Riggs of Evansville, Indiana, where she worked the family farm and received a full scholarship to Purdue University at 14 years of age as first prize for her loaf of bread in the Indiana State Fair. She credits that depression era boost to her education as a critical factor that lifted her high in later life. With great regard for education, she was active in the "Fight for Better Schools" in her growing community of Arlington Virginia and today those schools are among the best in the nation. As a teacher at Stratford Junior High, she defied the "massive resistance" in the Commonwealth of Virginia to the supreme court decision to integrate public schools by welcoming the black students to her classroom when other teachers refused and her principal resisted. She was an active and strong supporter of the Virginia chapter of AAUW, Committee of 100, WETA Public Television and the Wesley Seminary. She was beloved by her church family at Clarendon United Methodist Church, and was integral to the development of the church's strong music ministry and other key programs. At 100 years old, she wrote her autobiography, The First Century and Not Ready for the Rocking Chair Yet available on With her husband Malcolm Drennan Miller, they raised three children: daughter Winifred Miller (deceased), son Malcolm Robert Miller of Santa Rosa, CA and daughter and son-in-law Meg and Phil Filiatrault of Georgetown, SC; she has four grandchildren: David Filiatrault, Mike Filiatrault and Annette Filiatrault and Brian Payne; also seven great grandchildren: Luke Filiatrault and Charlotte Filiatrault; Benjamin Filiatrault, Henry Filiatrault and Charles Filiatrault; and John Drennan Adams and Quinn Adams. As a loving mother, grandmother and member of her church, she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. May she rest in peace, held in the loving hands of God. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 25, 2017 at Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N Irving St., Arlington, VA, followed by interment at Columbia Gardens Cemetery and a reception at the church. The family will greet friends on Thursday, August 24, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the Society of St. Andrew at
Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 23, 2017
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