MILLER, Nancy Haas
Nancy Haas Miller, age 80, passed away on May 29, 2012—the 8th day of Sivan, 5772. Born in Cincinnati, she was the daughter of the late Adrian and Irene Haas.
Mrs. Miller grew up in Avondale, attended University School, Walnut Hills High School and was a 1953 graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. She taught kindergarten in Cincinnati Public Schools.
She was married to Sam Miller for 58 years, and she lived for her children and grandchildren, enjoyed getting family together and organizing family dinners out for birthdays and holidays.
Said her son, Harry, “She was the best mother, friend and role model one could have. Mom was so selfless, she always put everyone else first and her greatest joy was seeing those she loved and other people happy. She was always so positive and full of sunshine. She was the best friend and made everyone’s life better.”
Her son, Sam, added, “She was loyal to her family and supported us in every situation. She was always there to listen. She taught us to appreciate the good things in life and to look for them.”
Mrs. Miller was a member of the Losantiville Country Club, where her father, Adrian, was a charter member. She ran special events for Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and other philanthropic organizations. In Florida, she volunteered at the Art Museum and at Jupiter Hospital, counseling patients and families.
“Nancy was a good friend to others, giving and empathetic. Some of her friends date back to nursery school. She made friends easily. She was fun to be with, wise and empathetic. People from all walks of life confided in her. In Florida, she volunteered at a hospital where she counseled patients who were concerned about their loved ones,” reflected her sister, Jane Haas Friedman.
Mrs. Miller enjoyed flowers and floral arranging. She was the president of Home Gardeners. She liked to draw, read Shakespeare and she took advanced classes after college. She also enjoyed modeling clothes for charity events.
As a young girl, she was a member of Isaac M. Wise Temple, where her grandfather, Charles Haas, was one of the founding fathers. While married, she was a member of Valley Temple.
She was also a member of National Council of Jewish Women, where she was in charge of decorations for several “Angel Ball” charity events. She was a member of the Brandeis Women’s Committee and helped with book sales.
Sam Miller shared, “I could not have asked for a better partner. She was a great wife and mother. Everyone liked Nancy. She was so giving and was always there for everyone. She was a beautiful person in every way and I was very lucky to have been with her for a great 58 years.”
Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband, Sam Miller; two sons, Harry Charles Miller and Sam Adrian Miller; grandchildren, Brandon Albert Miller and Jared Ryan Miller; sister, Jane Haas Friedman (Fred); nieces, Karen Friedman Cooper (Peter), Dr. Jennifer Ringel (Bob); nephew, Tedd Haas Friedman (Sherri); and great-nephews, Jake and Seth Friedman and Charlie and Jack Ringel.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Palm Beach, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33407; Council on Child Abuse, 4155 Crossgate Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242; or the charity of one’s choice.