Jacqueline's Story

ELLSWORTH - Jacqueline Devine Miller, a longtime resident of Hancock County, passed away at the age of 88 on Thursday, February 4, 2016, in Ellsworth.

Jacqueline was born April 9, 1927, in Washington, D.C. to Albert Edward Prestele and Mary A. (Nash) Prestele. She grew up in Washington, D.C. and it is there that she would eventually meet her future husband, Kenneth G. Miller, of Dedham, MA. When Jackie met Kenneth, he was a sailor in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After their marriage, the war would quickly take Kenneth to the west coast, where he would soon depart for Okinawa. Jackie would always talk proudly of her solo cross country trip aboard a bus to the West coast, to see her husband off to war. After the war, Kenneth and Jackie briefly returned to the Boston area, before eventually settling in Suffield, Connecticut, and it was there that her son was born and raised. While in Suffield, Jackie would work as a cook at the former Bridge St. School. After retirement, Jackie and Kenneth moved to Sullivan Harbor, Maine, where they lived for thirty years. As expected, she took pride in her new home and for many years paid careful attention to its appearance. Jacqueline was well known for her beautiful and colorful flower garden, in front of the stone wall, across the street from Dunbar's store. It was not unusual for travelers to stop and take pictures, and even help themselves to the beautiful blooms in her garden. For many years she enjoyed ladies bowling, sewing quilts for family and friends, developing her talents in painting and Crewelwork, and of course cooking for the many family members and friends who would come to visit. Jackie and Ken also had many dogs throughout their lives, mostly German Shepherds, and would finally end up with a special cat, Tori, who will continue to miss them both very much. Jackie loved old movies and never grew tired of watching them over and over again. Newer movies, offered as gifts, always seemed to find a way to the yard sales. When Kenneth died in 2006, Jackie moved to Ellsworth to be closer to her son and daughter-in-law, and it is there where she continued to make many friends at her new home.

She is survived by her son, Frederick Miller, and his wife, Lisa of Ellsworth, Granddaughter Kara Miller, and her partner, Scott Norwood of Ellsworth. She was predeceased by five siblings, Margaret (Susie), Dorothy, Mary, Patricia (Patsy), and Ronald (Ronnie).

A visiting hour is scheduled from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM, Tuesday, February 9, 2015, at the Ellsworth Chapel of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Homes. Following the visiting hour, a funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM, in the same location. In the spring, a committal will be held at Bayview Cemetery, Franklin. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Homes, Ellsworth.
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