Neva J. Miller, 84, died Monday, August 1, 2016, at her home in Millinocket. She was born August 31, 1931, in Millinocket, the daughter of John L. and Ella A. (Leeman) Buckingham.
Neva grew up in Millinocket, and was a graduate of Stearns High School, class of 1948. She attended nursing school for a few months after high school, and while she never completed her formal education in healthcare, Neva was a dedicated caregiver her entire life, helping care for her older sister and later, her mother, as they endured battles with cancer, and also her father in later years. She also attended to many friends and family members. Neva even gave advice to her daughter, who is a nurse, as she cared for her during her final illness. For many years, she operated M & M Catering with her friend, Mary McInnis. As a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Millinocket, she was a Sunday School teacher, coordinated church suppers, and put together care packages for the shut-in ministry at the church. She also led a Women's Bible Study for many years, only stopping in the last 2 years. Neva was a devoted wife to Carleton Miller for 66 years. They built their camp on Ambajejus Lake in 1963, and spent many summers there. Neva enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, and enjoyed her perennial flower gardens. A talented cook and baker, she and Carleton also enjoyed pickling and canning vegetables from their garden as well. For several years after Carleton retired, Neva worked at the Millinocket Public Library, time which she was very proud to have contributed. A devoted wife, dedicated caregiver, faithful servant, and loving mother, Neva will be remembered by her grandchildren as a rock solid source of safety, comfort, and stability. She will be missed.
In addition to her husband, Neva is survived by four children, Nancy Noyes and her husband, Robert, of Glenburn, Carleton Miller Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Kennebunk, Sheila Goetz and her husband, Robert, of Orrington and Avis Jenkins of Bangor; thirteen grandchildren, Adam, Emily, Joshua, Jaimee, Jeremiah, Elijah, Jonathan, Michael, Nathan, Amanda, Hannah, Anthea and Ashley; six great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Allen Larson; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by a son, John Miller; a son-in-law, Joseph Jenkins; two sisters, Avis Larson and Lena Leeman; and a brother, Eric Buckingham. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Beacon Hospice and Dynamic Medical for the special care and courtesies given to Neva and the family during her illness.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 5, at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 6, at the First Baptist Church of Millinocket, 297 Penobscot Avenue, Millinocket, with the Rev. Tim Bossie, pastor, and Rev. Clayton Blackstone officiating. Interment will be at the Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Neva may be sent to First Baptist Church of Millinocket Memorial Fund, 297 Penobscot Avenue, Millinocket, ME 04462, or to the Friends of the Millinocket Memorial Library, 5 Maine Avenue, Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.