Eleanora Rebecca Grove Miller, 95, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013. She lived on Jefferson Boulevard in Hagerstown since 1950.
Eleanora was born Feb. 4, 1918, on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown. She was the daughter of Lola Arnold (from Burkittsville) and William Washington Grove.
Eleanora was preceded in death by her parents and her five older siblings, Beatrice Grove Ringer, Helen Grove Dare, Willard E. Grove, Victor M. Grove and George A. Grove.
Her love of traveling began as a child, when she joined her Aunt Vernie and cousins on trips to Niagara Falls, Atlantic City and various other places throughout the East Coast.
In 1940, she married John Harlan Miller of Chewsville, Md. During World War II, before he was shipped overseas, she followed him to Brooklyn, N.Y., Dearborn, Mich., and Norfolk, Va. After the war, they settled on Jefferson Boulevard and raised two children who survive her, Colleen Rebecca Miller Stone (husband, James W. Stone) and Joseph Wayne Miller of Hagerstown. Her husband preceded her in death in 2003.
Eleanora was a great homemaker and very proud of her home, her garden, cooking and canning. She enjoyed playing cards and as a senior citizen was quite fond of bingo.
She was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church. In earlier years, she was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by her pride and joy, granddaughter, Betsey Hayes Miles (husband Braden Miles) of Moneta, Va. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Glenna Miller and Doris Miller of Hagerstown; nieces, Barbara Grove and Mary Grove Reed of California; and two very thoughtful and wonderful cousins, Jeanne Ashburn Whitmer and Nancy Ashburn Swanson. Miller family nieces and nephews who survive are Beverly Miller, Fred and Phillip Baker, Lynn Corridon and Suzanne Miller, Sharon Wilson, Deborah Wagner, Brian Delosier, Daniel Brechbill, Janet Vanneri, and Perry and Priscilla Miller.
Services will be Friday, March 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, Md. The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Fizer of Shiloh Methodist Church will officiate. Graveside services will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday, March 8, 2013, beginning at 1 p.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel.
Memorial donations may be made to Shiloh Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742.