Elva J. ‘Ellie’ Miller, 79, Lititz, administrative assistant, enjoyed singing, flower arranging

By on July 16, 2014
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Ellie Miller of Lititz, 79, lost her 2½ year battle with leukemia July 4, 2014 at the Penn State Hershey Cancer Center. She fought courageously and endured many medicines and transfusions, thereby managing to have nearly two years in remission since her diagnosis in January 2012.

She was born in Lawn in 1934, the daughter of the late Walter Behney and Margaret Murr Lehman and lived most of her adult life in Madison, N.J.. She and her husband, James M. Miller, spent 58 happy years together. They were long-time members of the United Methodist Church in Madison, N.J. and enjoyed many years participating in its Couples’ Club with folks who have become lifelong friends. She performed many musical roles in their annual musicals.

She is a graduate of Hershey High School and an alumna of Elizabethtown College. Her studies in secretarial science led her to employment as an executive secretary/administrative assistant, primarily in the banking industry in New Jersey. She especially loved flowers and music and was a volunteer at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, N.J. and sang in several choirs including the Chancel Choir of the United Methodist Church in Madison (for over 40 years), the Thursday Morning Club Chorus in Madison, the a cappella choir at college, and more recently the choir of the Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster. She also volunteered at the Morristown Hospital (N.J.), and loved arranging flowers for the Altar Guild of her church. She was a member of the Historical Society of Mt. Gretna and the PEO, Chapter AB, a philanthropic educational organization of the Madison, N.J. area.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons: Gregory of Basking Ridge, N.J. married to Lori (Bull) and Robert of Upper Saddle River, N.J. married to Lisa Ann Brady; five grandchildren: Susan, married to Michael Perna, Rebecca, married to Johnathan Jenkins, Esther, at home in Basking Ridge, and Luke, and Matthew, at home in Upper Saddle River; one great-grandson: Caleb Jenkins; and two sisters: Dorothy L. Hershberger of Huntingdon, married to Rex Hershberger and Janice L. Ruhl of Lititz, wife of the late Donald E. Ruhl.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her infant daughter: Susan Renee; and her younger brother: Melvin Lehman.

Two memorial services are being planned. Both will be Celebrations of her Life. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the more convenient one. The first will be the more formal service and will occur at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Madison, Madison Ave. (Route 124), N.J. with a reception following. The second will be held in the afternoon of Saturday, August 30, in the Hall of Philosophy, in Mt. Gretna. Details will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Memorial Fund of the Madison United Methodist Church. Visit umcmadison.org.

To leave an online condolence, visit KASnyderFuneralHome.com. Arrangements by Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, Lancaster.

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