We are saddened to announce the death of our mother Agnes "Nan" Neilson Miller of Riverview, N.B on July 13th, 2017. Nan was the Widow of Mr. Justice Richard L. Miller and mother of Noanie (Dave) Miller-Plume, Elizabeth (Rhonda) McLaughlin and Richard (Valerie) Miller.
Born an only child to the late William and Joan Wilson in Sydney, N.S. she was a first generation Canadian with both parents emigrating from Scotland. She often told the story of traveling alone by ship from Sydney to Scotland at the age of 9 years. Her love of Scotland never waned and many trips to the old country were enjoyed throughout her lifetime.
Our mother left her beloved Sydney to attend Mount Allison University when she was sixteen years old. There she studied music and secretarial science and met her future husband. She was a gifted singer and could have had a promising future as a soloist, but she chose love over career.
Our parents married in 1950 and after a year in Halifax, they moved to Moncton where our father established a law practice and our mother made a home for all of us. She never completely gave up her music and was a regular soloist in local churches and musical events. Her beautiful coloratura soprano voice was unmatched in the amateur scene and she was generous in sharing her talent over many years in Moncton.
Our mother’s primary devotion was to her family. Her home was her castle and she was its’ queen. She made homemaking an art and every meal an event with her delicious cooking and beautiful presentations. She and our father shared a love of antiques and together made their home a masterpiece of treasures and memories.
Our parents travelled the world during their life together and set an example for us of devotion, loyalty, grace and service. Our mother’s life was no longer complete after the loss of her husband and we hope that they are finally reunited. Our mother’s legacy continues in her grand children Jill Green, Scott Champion, Peter, Mark, Julie and Conor McLaughlin, Erik and David Miller, and great grand children, Cameron Green and Scarlett Champion. She was pre-deceased by her grandson Alex McLaughlin. Nan is lovingly survived by sisters-in-law Sadie Miller and Rachel Stevens.
Reverend Stephen Berube will be officiating the memorial service which will be held at Cobb’s Funeral Home 330 Whitepine Road in Riverview N.B. on Wednesday July 19th at 1:00 PM. Visitation will be held Tuesday July 18th from 2-4 PM and again from 6-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, or charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.cobbsfuneralhome.ca