Stella Mae "Nanny" Miller
Jun 22, 1922
Apr 8, 2023
Stella Mae "Nanny" Miller, 100 transitioned to her Heavenly home on Saturday, April 8, 2023 at Baptist Health.
Visitation 5-7 Thursday, April 13, 2023 at W.T. Shumake & Daughters Funeral Home 3815 Newburg Road. 2nd Visitation 10-11am Friday, April 14, 2023 at Peace Presbyterian Church 4205 E. Indian Trail. Funeral to follow at 11am. Burial Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Washington, Kentucky.
Stella Mae “Nanny” Miller was born June 22, 1922, to the union of James Roland and Lena Rumsey. She was one of seven children. She was preceded in death by her parents James and Lena, her husband Joseph William Miller, her children William “Billy” Miller and Josephine “Josie” Miller and all her siblings, Willie Smith, Catherine Heston, Eva Mae Roland, Bessie “Puddin” Adams, Gracie Johnson, and James “Sonny” Roland.
Stella accepted Jesus Christ at an early age. Although she was pulled out of school at age 12 to help the family make ends meet, she taught Sunday School without a formal education. She met her best friend, Joe Miller, who became her wonderful husband. They moved to Louisville and from their union four children were born. She worked for other families cooking, cleaning, washing clothes and caring for their children until she landed a job with Phillip Morris from where she retired.
She was highly active in church and her community. Under the leadership of Rev. Irvin Moxley, she, her husband, and others in the community became charter members of Peace Presbyterian Church over 60 years ago. As a member of Peace, she served in many capacities, such as Elder, Deacon, Trustee, usher, choir member, Sunday School teacher, Women’s Group leader, and Finance Committee member. She along with Lena Porter started the children’s nursery that was held during the morning worship service. Stella also volunteered in many community organizations, such as Senior Connections and Jolly Joyful Seniors up until the age of 90. She enjoyed singing and sang with the Newburg Interdenominational Choir and at Peace Presbyterian Church under the direction of Ella Bartlett. She was also blessed with a “sister friend,” Hazel Porter, who she traveled with on behalf of Peace Church. She was her best buddy, and they were known as the “Know Sisters” because they knew everything.
She was also very caring and nurturing, taking many relatives in her home such as nieces, nephews, mother-in-law, grandfather-in-law, grandchildren, and cousins. She often hosted friends as well when they needed a place to stay or needed a meal. She enjoyed watching game shows, working Word Search puzzle books, crocheting and any other crafts she had her mind to do. She often would merely look at something then make if and sometimes start selling them but often gave them away. She loved to dance and has been photographed many times teaching others the Electric Slide.
At the tender age of 100, Stella Mae Miller departed this life. Stella was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend who leaves to cherish her memories her children Viola Griffin and Martha “Jane” (Bob) Braden; daughter in law, Wanda Miller; grandchildren Michele “Shelly” Patrice Miller, Stephanie Miller, Aaron (Angela) Rudolph and Stephen “Shay” Miller; great grandchildren Ayzha Rudolph, Jaylen Rudolph, Yabay Rudolph and Stephen Shay Miller, Jr; great great grandchildren Airyanna and Addison Roseire; close family member Robert McMullan and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.