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  • Obit: Mary Alice Miller

  • Following an illness Ms. Mary Alice Miller passed away in her apartment at Heritage at Dover Assisted Living on January 3, 2014 surrounded by the love of her family. During her year at Heritage Mary appreciated the companionship with her new friends and the loving and professional care provided by the Heritage staff. Her last...
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  • Following an illness Ms. Mary Alice Miller passed away in her apartment at Heritage at Dover Assisted Living on January 3, 2014 surrounded by the love of her family. During her year at Heritage Mary appreciated the companionship with her new friends and the loving and professional care provided by the Heritage staff. Her last few months were difficult but the family is truly grateful for the quality of the daily care administered during her illness not only by the staff of Heritage and Delaware Hospice, but particularly the around-the-clock care provided by the professionals of Home Instead. Born February 22, 1928 in Rochester, Pennsylvania she grew up in Beaver county, PA with her parents Harry and Minnie Miller and her sister Jane. After graduating from Midland High School, Mary Alice attended Clarion State College (university), majoring in Library Science. She had two children by her first husband Robert E. Safford with whom she created many memories of traditional family activities and a social life that included playing bridge and dancing to sounds of the Big Bands. Upon both of her children attending primary school, Mary Alice became the Librarian at the newly created Western Beaver Jr. Sr. High School where she thrived as an integral part of the education of thousands of students for over two decades. In the late 1980’s, after retiring and with her husband having passed away in 1979, Mary Alice reconnected with her high school sweetheart, David B. Miller, whose wife had similarly predeceased him. They got married, built a lovely retirement home in Tennessee, and spent many happy years making new friends, boating and doing extensive traveling. Mary Alice was an animal lover and had an especially close, long-term bond with her beloved Siamese cat, Sam. She was an avid reader and a strong believer in the power of education. Mary Alice was an open minded individualist who’s political and spiritual beliefs evolved over her lifetime. An early and strong supporter of women’s rights, she was resistant to any infringement on an individual’s right of self-determination. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband Robert in 1979 and by her second husband David in 2012. She is survived by her children Cindy Hesseltine (Leigh), Scott Safford (Kathy), David Miller Jr. (Miriam), Barbara Miller-Willis (Duane), Christine Fronista (Michael), and Lynn C. Stevens (Mark); six grandchildren Ashley, Matt, Matt, Paul, Ryan and Kyle. Services and burial are private at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Rochester, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood, Best Friends, or Purrfect Haven, P.O. box 1737, Dover, DE 19903. Letters of condolences can be sent via www.pippinfuneralhome.com.
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