February 9, 1927 – December 5, 2019
Sally (Sara) Wilford Miller 1927-2019
Sally Wilford Miller, died peacefully on December 5 at Evergreen Woods in North Branford, CT. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Sally was born February 9, 1927 in Philadelphia and grew up in Merion, PA, the daughter of E. Burke and Catherine Wilford. She graduated from the Baldwin School (Bryn Mawr, PA) before attending Smith College (Northampton, MA) where she graduated in 1948 with a major in physics and a minor in math. A woman ahead of her time, she attended graduate school at Bryn Mawr College, where she studied the properties of titanium and co-authored a paper on this topic.
Sally was married to Robert (Bob) Douglas Miller for sixty-five years. Her life was defined by her love of family and friends, civic and community activities, world travel, and sports. Most of her adult years were lived in Hingham, MA where she raised her family, and the Portland, ME area where she and her husband retired to be close to family. Before retiring to Casco, Maine in the late 1980s, Sally and Bob ran a successful Kwik Kopy franchise in Norwell, MA for 8 years.
Wherever she lived, she was an active participant in community activities. Sally was especially proud to be a Girl Scout leader for both her daughters from their elementary school through high school years. As a member of the Casco Village Church, she served as president of the Ladies Guild for twelve years. In this position, she led a very successful fundraiser by creating uniquely designed afghans that featured historical highlights of the town. Sally was also active in the Portland Women Literary Union serving as treasurer for four years. Additionally, she served as a volunteer at the Jones Museum of Glass & Ceramics for many years and had her own glass collection. She was an avid reader and member of many book clubs.
Politics and current events were an ongoing interest for her. She was a member of the League of Women Voters in Hingham for many years. In 1992, she actively campaigned for the Clinton Presidential Campaign and attended a White House holiday party in 1993.
After moving to Maine, Sally and Bob were frequent travelers abroad and in the United States. Some of the places they visited were South Africa, New Zealand, Thailand, Russia, Europe, Mexico, the Galapagos Islands, and Alaska. She also traveled with her daughters and went to Egypt, Europe, and the United Kingdom. This love of traveling was passed down to her grandchildren.
Sally was a big supporter of her grandchildren and enjoyed attending their various activities. Throughout her life she enjoyed playing bridge and she belonged to several bridge groups. Finally, Sally was an enthusiastic fan of the Patriots and the Red Sox and watched every game she could.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Miller; her oldest brother, Edward B. Wilford III; and two sons, Ken Miller and David Miller. She is survived by two daughters, Virginia Miller of North Bethesda, MD; Carrie Federici (Louis) of Guilford, CT; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Baker Miller of Yarmouth, ME; a brother, Robert Wilford of Berwyn, PA; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and 8 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the First Parish Congregational Church in Yarmouth, ME. A reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor may be made to Smith College, c/o Gift Accounting, 23 Elm Street, Northhampton, MA 01063. Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com sign Sally’s online guest book.
- Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
February 9, 2020
Happy Birthday today Aunt Sally! To our greatest friend who never missed a wedding even flying to San Diego with Uncle Rob for our son Greg’s wedding, driving to Concord NH to celebrate our son Jamie’s wedding and even coming to Wayne PA for my wedding during a snowstorm in 1969! Aunt Sally always kept in touch with the Miller side of the family. She loved coming to our cottage on Cobbossee for many boat rides and loved discussing a good book, a Red Sox game, a great trip and of course her grandkids and great-grandkids! We will miss you, Aunt Sally!
February 5, 2020
Mom, I was so blessed to have you as my mother. You were such a great role model and friend. I will really miss you. I have included this poem, which I feel summarizes what you did for all of us.
My Mother Kept a Garden
My Mother kept a garden.
A garden of the heart;
She planted all the good things,
that gave my life it's start.
She turned me to the sunshine,
and encouraged me to dream:
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self esteem.
And when the winds and rains came,
she protected me enough;
But not too much, she knew I'd need
To stand up strong and tough.
Her constant good example,
Always taught me right from wrong;
Markers for my pathway
To last my whole life long.
I am my Mother's garden,
I am her legacy.
And I hope today she feels the love,
Reflected back from me.
Love you, Mom-
January 29, 2020
We loved having Sally and Bob as neighbors for so many years. I especially enjoyed running into Bob at the gym or at the community garden. Sally and I shared many glasses of sherry on rainy afternoons. I missed her when she moved to the Atrium but could drive down and have dinner with her now and then. I never got to say goodbye but she is in my heart. Kathy Zambello