Elizabeth Miller
1928 - 2020
Elizabeth ("Betty") S. Miller, 92

Farmington, ME - Elizabeth ("Betty") S. Miller, age 92, entered her heavenly home on November 25, 2020, at Woodlands Senior Living in Farmington, ME. Betty was born in Jamaica Plain, MA, on July 21, 1928, the only child of Frederick A. and Miriam G. (Cobb) Schoenherr. She grew up in Milton, MA, and spent summers at her parents' vacation home in West Harwich, MA.

After graduating from Bates College in Lewiston, ME, Betty accepted a junior high teaching position in Norton, MA, where she met her future husband, Burnham ("Burnie") P. Miller, who passed away in 2013. Both Burnie and Betty spent their lives dedicated to promoting education. Betty taught at junior high schools in Auburn, MA, and Northbridge, MA, before taking an interim leave to have children. Later she earned a certificate in special education and ended her teaching career at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in a position that she loved. During their retirement, Burnie and Betty left their Whitinsville, MA, home of 53 years and moved to Heatherwood in Yarmouth Port, MA.

Betty was a woman who passionately pursued activities including traveling, researching, writing, reading, painting, quilting, crafting, socializing, and playing her Lowry organ. She authored the book AMONG HILLS AND VALES which detailed the history of the town of Northbridge, MA. She also wrote a food column for the Blackstone Valley Tribune entitled "The Mixing Bowl" for 16 years.

Faith played an important role in Betty's life. She was an active member in each church to which she belonged and, along with Burnie, encouraged her children to demonstrate their faith through actions.

Betty is survived by two children, Judy (and Russ) Whittaker of North Port, FL, and Don (and Debra) Miller of Wilton, ME. She leaves behind two much-loved granddaughters, Courtney E. Miller (and fiancé, E Petrakis) of Los Angeles, CA, and Chelsea A. (and Nate) Eckman of Hopkinton, MA. Betty is also survived by one cousin, Sally (Cobb) Watson, of Concord, MA, and five nieces. Betty was predeceased by a full-term stillborn son.

A memorial service will be held at a date to be determined at Ancient Cemetery in Yarmouth Port, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Northbridge Senior Center of Northbridge, MA, or to the First Congregational Church of Yarmouth in Yarmouth Port, MA.

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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2020.
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The Parkers
April 8, 2021
Judy, and Don whom I did not meet, I think that you have lost a perfectly wonderful mother and friend! Her person, and her letters, were just full of generosity, kindness, thankfulness, and love. May her memory and her goodness be eternal, and also give you ongoing consolation and peace. I just learned of this. My last note missed her by ten days, so there was no reply. Then we finally found the news. I´ll try to get your contact, going forward.
Harold Parker
April 6, 2021
Judy, My sincere sympathy on the loss of your mom, Betty. She was a wonderful, caring woman and such a pleasure to know during my time at the Village Church.
Paula Dufour
January 7, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I will miss our conversations. Betty was a wonderful friend and I will carry all the memories.
Bettyjean (BJ)
November 30, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I will greatly miss our conversations. She was a wonderful friend.
Bettyjean (BJ)
November 30, 2020
Betty was my daughters roommate at Windsor Rehab. I loved talking with her and she was a very sweet woman. She also worried ANF watched over our Tina. Sympathy to the family.
Susan Golebiowski
November 30, 2020
Don and Judy,
Please accept our condolences on the loss of you dear mother. I have many fond memories of times at your house in Whitinsville. Your mother was always a great host to the neighborhood kids - freezer in the basement full of treats or pigs in a blanket served in the kitchen. I was happy to hear my mom and yours spoke by phone recently.
God bless you and your family in this difficult time.
Skip and Dawn Spratt
Skip Spratt
November 30, 2020
I did not know Elizabeth, but I work with her son Don, and I am convinced Elizabeth's parenting reflects upon Dons' character and kindness, I have only know Don for a short time, but I am proud to call him my friend. Thought and prayers to Don and his family through this difficult time.
Jill Blood
November 30, 2020
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