- Joyce E. Miller, 84, died January 28, 2017, at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor with her family by her side. She was born on August 14, 1932, in Bangor, to Roger and Christine (Bates) Blackmer.
Joyce was a proud veteran who served with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. Family was always important to Joyce. She was a stay-at-home mom with an entrepreneurial spirit. Joyce was a seamstress; she made most of her children clothes and coats. At one point she made all the cheerleading outfits for the Old Town High School team. She made countless wedding dresses and quilts for everyone she loved and more. After her kids grew up, Joyce took on babysitting and she started breeding Siamese cats. Her reputation spread far and became known as a wonderful place to get a beautiful kitten. People came down from Canada and as far away as Texas for her kittens. She loved to swim. Joyce was a member of the Aqua Synchronized Swimming Team. She taught all of her children to swim at a young age. She kept the competitive spirit alive by challenging each child, when they were ready, to swim across the lake with someone in a canoe beside them. Joyce loved to bowl and was on a bowling team. She was an avid reader. She read everything from Latin to fiction, and expressed the importance of reading to her children. Joyce loved Scrabble, cards and was a wiz at crossword puzzles. Joyce loved to dance; she also had a wonderful sense of humor. She was the matriarch of the Miller clan and will be missed.
She is survived by seven children, Craig and his wife, Margo, Brian and his wife, Carlene, Karen and her husband, Gary, Keith and his wife, Janet, Scott and his wife, Laurie, Holly and her husband, Shannon, and Stacey; 15 grandchildren, Jessica and her husband, Ramon, Danielle and her husband, Nick, Kelly, Brandon, Alexa, Samantha and husband, Paul, Carrie, Ryan and his wife, Dawn, Sean and his life-partner, Laura, Jennifer and husband, Holt, Zachary, Cullen, Keelia; Mariah and her husband, Matt, and Caleb; and seven great-grandchildren, Matthew, Gage, Jacob, Adyson, Hunter, Hailey and Haidyn. Also surviving her are a brother, Bruce Blackmer; three sisters, Phyllis Bishop, Nancy Armstrong and Judith Todd; special niece, April and her husband, Kevin Leigh; and Kimberly and Caleb Grass, who thought of Joyce as their Grammy. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Albert Miller, in 2011; son, Clay Miller, in 1994; and grandson, Jeremy Miller, in 2011.
Friends may call 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb 11, 2017, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 38 Main St., Old Town, where a funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Spring interment will be at Blackman Stream Cemetery in Bradley. Memorial contributions may be made to the Maine Veteran's Home Activity Fund, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401.
Published on  January 30, 2017