Charlotte F. Miller, 88, homemaker, volunteer

January 03, 2004

Charlotte Frances Miller, a homemaker and volunteer, died of Alzheimer's disease Sunday at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 88.

She was born Charlotte Frances Lee in Baltimore and was descended from "Light Horse" Harry Lee, a Revolutionary War hero and signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia, and Civil War Gen. Robert E. Lee.

She was also a descendant of Thomas Sim Lee, Maryland governor from 1779 to 1782 and from 1792 to 1794.

Mrs. Miller was raised in Eutaw Place and in Canton, N.C., where her father was in the lumber business. She was a 1934 graduate of Seton High School and made her debut that year at the Bachelors Cotillon.

She studied nursing briefly before going to work as an operator for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. during World War II.

"She gave callers the correct time courtesy of S&N Katz jewelry store," said a son, Joseph O. Miller of Glen Burnie.

In 1942, she married Joseph A. Miller, contract sales manager for Carpetland Inc. He died in 1992. For more than 20 years, the couple lived on Hawthorne Road in Roland Park.

Mrs. Miller had volunteered for many years at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She also volunteered with the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and Our Daily Bread. She was also an avid gardener.

She was a member of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington, where a memorial Mass was offered yesterday.

Mrs. Miller is survived by two other sons, Richard Lee Miller of Fort Wayne, Ind., and John Carroll Miller of Lutherville; three daughters, Charlotte Miller Ponticelli of Baltimore, Sister Hannah Miller, Immaculate Heart of Mary, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Mary Frances Miller Metz of Knoxville, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren.

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