Gloria Miller’s life journey began on July 10, 1931. Gloria was the fifth of seven children of the late Blunt and Rachel Jernigan. She attended Elher place of birth, Brooklyn, New York.
Gloria Miller met the love of her life the late Thomas Miller Jr., and was captivated by his kindness, charm and wit. They married on July 3, 1955. To this union, they became proud parents of the late Karen A. Miller. Aunt Doe dearly loved her family and as a wife and mother, she worked tirelessly to care for them and keep them happy. Aunt Doe was also an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed creating new things and painting. She had the ability to take something very small and turned it into something beautiful. I remember asking my aunt, “Aunt Doe, what were you doing up until the wee hours of the morning”? Her answer was simple, “Making something special for my home”.
My Aunt Doe’s creative gifts lead her to the ideal career of becoming a teacher’s assistant. She worked for PS 243 for numerous years. She was loved by many students and teachers. Her innovative ideas coupled with her passion and energy were welcomed in school, because they helped to motivate children during their learning journey.
Gloria loved to travel on family vacations. She took countless trips with her sister, daughter, husband and niece Gwenette. My fondest memories of my aunt were the many days that we spent at the beach frolicking in the water for hours. Similar to her daughter the beach was my aunt’s happy place. I remember one day in particular we stayed in the water so long by the time we reached her parent’s home we had turned blue/gray in color.
My aunt loved the Lord. She was baptized at the age of thirteen and was an active member of Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn for over seventy-three years. She was a member of the G.O.D.S Helping Hands Ministry formally known as The Royal Orchid Ministry. What I remember most about my aunt was her love of singing Christian hymns. There were countless nights I would wake-up to the voice of an angel singing and praising God. My aunt’s love for God was unparalleled. Every room in her home has a message of God’s words and love.
What we will remember most about Gloria was her generous spirit, her patience and her spiritual peace. She was never too busy to encourage, talk and most importantly pray to/for others.
She leaves to cherish her memories her nieces Gwenette Moser, Sharon Roberts and Gwendolyn Jernigan, her nephews, Shawn Jernigan and Darnell Jernigan, great nieces/nephews, many cousins and a multitude of dear friends and church family.
We will miss Gloria’s beautiful smile, conversations and willingness to lend a helping hand. Let us find consolation in knowing that we can continue to follow her ways by loving Jesus, loving our family and striving to help others.
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