Elizabeth J. Miller, 91, of Hendersonville, NC, died Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC.
She was known variously as Betty, Betty Jane, BJ and Bet to her family and many friends. She was born in Roselle, New Jersey on September 1, 1923, to Joseph and Arabella Jane Mason Miller. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, David Mason Miller, and her sister-in-law, Barbara Altfather Miller.
She is survived by her niece, Joanne Miller MacDonald, and her nieceís husband, Jim MacDonald. She is also survived by many friends from her college and career days.
Betty graduated in 1944 from Maryville College, Maryville, TN with a BA in French. She completed graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton Seminary. Following graduation, she was employed by Hiawassee (Junior) College as an instructor, and by Holston Conference of the Methodist Church. In 1951 she returned to New Jersey, where she accepted a position as Director of Christian Education at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church in Chatham, NJ. Betty served the church for over 35 years, until her retirement in 1988. During her tenure at Ogden, Betty led youth groups for mission work to New York City, Washington DC, eastern Tennessee, Cuba and Puerto Rico, and organized many youth programs. She was a mentor and friend to many young people.
In 1993, Betty, her friend Myrl Jean Hughes, and Bettyís brother Dave, decided to leave their homes in New Jersey and Oklahoma and move to Hendersonville to spend their retirement years together.
Betty was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Hendersonville, NC, where she had served as Elder and Deacon. While in Hendersonville, she volunteered with FISH of Henderson County, Inc. as driver, caller and member of the Board of Directors.
Betty will be remembered fondly by many on whom she had a great impact. Betty loved the mountains of east Tennessee and western North Carolina, traveling, and playing bridge. During her last year, she especially loved the car rides given daily by her friend of almost 60 years, Myrl Jean Hughes, where she would often exclaim about the beauty of the mountains and the animals that she saw.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11:00 am at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 900 Blythe Street, Hendersonville, NC 28791. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bettyís memory to Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville TN 37804, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Hendersonville, NC or Interfaith Assistance Ministry, P.O. Box 2562 Hendersonville, NC 28793.