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Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL) - March 31, 2009 Deceased Name: Rosella F. Miller , 92, was 'ultimate caregiver' Rosella F. Miller had the reputation of being "the ultimate caregiver."
The 92-year-old former Ormond Beach resident died Sunday from Parkinson's disease in Tallahassee.
From making booties for premature babies to feeding her sons' basketball team a home-cooked meal, Miller always had open arms, said daughter Mary Lou Fodor of Tallahassee.
"Our household was full of activity all the time, and my mom was always involved in our lives and therefore our friends' lives," said Fodor, one of five children. "A lot of people considered her a second mother."
Miller, who was a nurse and teacher, was married to the late Sam Miller, a Seabreeze High School principal and assistant superintendent for Volusia County Schools. Soon after he died in 2002, she moved to Tallahassee to be near family.
Fodor likened her mom to a "Mrs. Ormond Beach" - known in the area for community work. In addition to her career as a nurse, she was program director for education and training with the local American Lung Association chapter for 10 years.
At her house, there was "always room for one more," said Fodor. Rosella and Sam Miller cared for their own mothers at home and even their children's former baby sitter, who had no family of her own to help her. As neighbors aged, the couple cooked meals for them, too.
Ormond Beach City Commissioner Troy Kent, 34, who grew up across the street from the Millers home on Valencia Drive, has fond memories of the couple. He got his first piece of mail as a child from Rosella Miller, who would send notes during their summer trips. Idaho was their favorite destination.
"She would always send me a personalized postcard," he said. "She would tell me about the fishing her and her husband were doing. It was really special."
After retiring, the South Dakota native served on community boards and groups, such as the Casements Guild, where she was president for four years in the 1980s.
"She was a wonderful person and president," said friend and guild member Ann Smoke. "She always had the guild closest to her heart."
Visitation is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, with a service to follow at 1:30, both at Haigh-Black Funeral Home, 167 Vining Court, Ormond Beach.
Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL) Date: March 31, 2009 Edition: N-J Final Page: 05C Record Number: 410407584 Copyright, 2009, The News-Journal Corporation
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