Lucile E. Miller, an Austin resident since 1951, died March 25, 2013 at the age of 95.
Lucile was born November 8, 1917 in Butler, Oklahoma to Grover Cleveland and Julia Ann Norris Jessee. Her father was a printer and newspaperman; her mother was a teacher and newspaper reporter.
Lucile is survived by her children; Bob Miller and wife Barbara of Austin, Jeani Smith and husband John of Austin, and Bette Estis of Jacksonville, Florida; adopted daughters Ann Bofonchek, Gayle Brown and husband Troy, Karen Robinson and husband Carl. She is also survived by grandchildren; Jody Miller, Tracey Williamson and husband Mac, Curtis Miller and wife Serafina, Steve Sanderfer and wife Susan, Roy Sanderfer and fiancée Cathy, David Estis and fiancée Simona, and Dennis Estis and wife Jessica. Great grandchildren include Joanie Kirkpatrick and husband James, Leah Samuelson, Serena Brown, John Mellor Jr., Sheena Steiner and husband David, Wesley Williamson, Isabella Miller, Adelena Miller, Joshua Sanderfer, Brittany Jean Sanderfer, Talon Sanderfer, Alexandria Estis, Lilah Estis and Matt Foster. Great-great grandchildren include Katherine Kirkpatrick, Colton Kirkpatrick, Mason Crawford and Alexander Steiner and many loved nieces, nephews, cousins and a wonderful family of friends.
Lucile is preceded in death by Roy, her life companion and husband of 68 years, father, Grover Cleveland Jessee, mother, Julia Ann Norris Jessee, brothers, Hubert and Carl Jessee, sister, Loretta Jessee, daughter, Julia Joan Williamson and great grandson, Timothy Sanderfer.
In 1933, Lucile met and fell in love with Roy Miller. It was love at first sight, after a brief courtship they eloped and remained devoted to each other through 68 years of marriage until Roy passed away in 2002. Throughout Roy's twenty-nine year military career, Lucile and the children followed him wherever the military posted him, having exciting and educational experiences at each assignment. They lived in El Paso, Texas; Globe, Arizona; Dodge City, Kansas; San Marcos, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Johnson Air Base, Japan; Ramey AFB Puerto Rico and Austin, Texas. Roy was a 75 year member of the 'HAM' community – W5FOZ; when Lucile was 75 years old she capitulated and decided to join Roy in his hobby; so she took her test for her amateur radio license, passed and became KB5YKM; she set up her 'HAM' station next to Roy's.
A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Lucile was also a career woman and an avid volunteer worker. In Japan, after World War II and during the Korean Conflict, she did volunteer work in the base hospital providing a variety of services including admitting patients. Wherever Roy was stationed she volunteered in several different capacities, including serving as a 'Gray Lady' in various base hospitals and clinics. In Austin, she was the office manager for Safeway Farm Products and later retired from the City of Austin as the accountant for Brackenridge Hospital.
Lucile was a very active member of Rosedale Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for several years. Her closest friends were her 'Golden Gems'. She was proud of her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Retired Officers' Wives Club and the Association of Government Accountants.
Lucile's very large, extended family and the many friends she has throughout the world will miss her wit, counsel, easy laughter and wonderful smile.
The family is especially appreciative for the wonderful care Mom received from all her caregivers, particularly Verna Sanders and Dr. David Joseph and his staff.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening, on Friday, the 29th of March 2013, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas.
A funeral service will be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 30th of March 2013, in the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. Entombment will follow in Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum, Austin, Texas.
Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.