Shirley Douglass Miller
October 8, 1935 – March 5, 2019
Shirley Douglass Miller of Bourne died at the age of 83 on March 5, 2019 from cancer. She is survived by two daughters, Susan Douglass Baker of Falmouth and Regina Pereira of Superior Montana, six grandchildren, Diane Haston Jimenez, Paige Poole, Jesse Lopes, April Pereira, Taylor Baker and Isabella Pereira, five great grandchildren Kellen Poole Khalil Poole Anaya Lopes, Jesse Lopes Jr. and Rayne Lopes.
Many members of the community remember Miller from her time as a kind, compassionate receptionist at Bramblebush Pediatrics from 1984 to 2013. During her time at the office, she greeted patients with her warm smile and was an attentive listener to all who stood at her desk. Shirley was born on October 8,1935 in Harwich. She was an exemplary student at Bourne High School, who also attended Mount Holyoke College. She later worked as an accountant at a coat factory where she met her first husband, Fredrick Douglass. After they wed, Douglass returned to the Marines and advanced in rank as Sgt. Maj. As a result, the young couple and their children moved often. During this time, she was a stay-at-home mother who often volunteered at schools, church, and the Red Cross. Sgt. Maj. Douglass was one of the 241 Marines who died in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings. Miller re-married in 1986 to James Miller, a former Marine who worked as a tennis pro locally. The two lived in Cataumet, until he lost his life to cancer in 1995.
Mrs. Miller’s family will remember her as being generous and nurturing with elegance, quick wit, and a strong maternal nature. Friends may recall how she joyfully spoke of time she spent helping raise her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Services for Mrs. Miller: Wake at Nickerson Bourne on MacArthur Blvd, Tuesday, March 12 from 4pm to 7pm. Funeral Mass to be held at St. John the Evangelist Pocasset, Wednesday March 13 at 10 a.m., Burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA.
Donations can be made in her name to American Cancer Society or Wounded Warriors.
- Fredrick Douglass, Husband
- James Miller, Husband
- Susan Douglass Baker, Daughter
- Regina Pereira, Daughter
- Diane Haston Jimenez, Grandchild
- Paige Poole, Grandchild
- Jesse Lopes, Grandchild
- April Pereira, Grandchild
- Taylor Baker, Grandchild
- Isabella Pereira, Grandchild
- Kellen Poole, Great Grandchild
- Khalil Poole, Great Grandchild
- Anaya Lopes, Great Grandchild
- Jesse Lopes Jr., Great Grandchild
- Rayne Lopes, Great Grandchild
- Visiting Hours Tuesday, March 12, 2019
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, March 13, 2019
- Burial Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Shirley Douglass Miller
March 19, 2019
Susan & Taylor:
Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family at this time.
March 14, 2019
I first met Shirley when she became a student at Bourne Grammar School. We then went on to Bourne High School and graduated in 1953. I remember Shirley as a Sweet, Shy, always a smile and very studious. She was a very smart lady and I knew she would do well. I moved to California
and lost track of most of my friends, but I did come back for the 50th Class Reunion. I had a nice
chat with her then
RIP Shirley, a job well done. You will also be missed. It is always tough for the ones left behind. Think of the beautiful smile she had and all the good things she accomplished.
Sarah Mitchell Parker
March 14, 2019
Keeping the family lifted in prayer! Until we meet again Auntie... Forever in our hearts!
March 13, 2019
I met Shirley for the first time at the Massachusetts Beirut Memorial on October 23, 2015. It was also my first time to visit the memorial on the Anniversary. When I approached she knew I was nervous and she immediately put me to easy. Each time we met, I left as a better person and more at easy. Her humility & Grace was profound. It was an honor and priveledge to have acquainted such a fine human and Lady. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. (Mathew 5:9)
March 12, 2019
I first met Shirley in 1984 when we hired her to be a secretary in our pediatric office. Who knew this would begin a 30 year working relationship and more importantly a friendship that has endured far beyond that.
Shirley had the ability to meet our patients and their families and connect with them. She remembered each and every one and approached them as individuals. She knew their fears, their needs, and even their foibles! She bolstered them on their way in and literally picked them up if they fainted after a shot on their way out.
Besides being the office dictionary ( Shirley was one of the brightest people I’ve known), she had a subtle way of keeping each of the docs on track. For me that meant hiding a snickers in my mound of overdue paperwork, a sure fire way to make me want to go through it. I will never see a snickers without thinking of her.
Shirley lived her life with dignity and served others selflessly all along the way. I am grateful to have know her.
Love you Shirley,
March 10, 2019
Dear Ms Baker and family,
The Alai family extends their deepest sympathy for the death of your Mom. She was always a bright light at Bramblebush Pediatrics. We will hold her kindness in our hearts.
Thinking of you,
Alan, Jenifer, Claire, Aidan, Bailey and Jillian