Eunice S. Miller, 92, Anne Arundel educator

January 15, 2004

Eunice S. Miller, an educator of the mentally disabled in Anne Arundel County, died Saturday at Laurel Regional Medical Center after a stroke. She was 92 and had resided for most of her life in Brooklyn Park and Fallston.

Born Eunice Swan in Pennsylvania, she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Bucknell University in 1933 -- the year she married Ellsworth Bailor "Curley" Miller. She earned a master's in special education in 1968 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mrs. Miller spent the first 10 years of her marriage accompanying her husband, a traveling musician, as he played at radio stations and clubs in Pennsylvania and New York. From 1933 to 1936, she worked as a radio writer and musical adviser.

The family moved to Baltimore in 1945. When her husband became ill, she took a position with the old city Department of Public Welfare as a social worker in 1949, and as a probation officer for the city courts in 1950. Her husband died in 1952.

In 1956, while raising her two children, she became a special-education teacher -- first at the old Sunnyside Training Center, and for two years at the old Brooklyn Park High School before becoming principal at Sunnyside in 1962.

She became principal of the now-defunct Millersville School in 1965, and the first principal at Marley Glen School in Glen Burnie when it opened in 1971. She retired in 1977.

An aspiring author, Mrs. Miller was a prolific writer -- but seldom published, her family said.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Grace Bible Church, 2903 Beechwood Lane, Fallston.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher B. Miller Sr. of Fallston and Jonathan E. Miller of Adelaide, Australia; two adopted children, Charles Miller and Anne Katherine Miller; a stepbrother, Kenneth Campbell of Johnstown, Pa.; a stepsister, Ruthetta Slick of New Florence, Pa.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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