Carol H. Miller
Carol Hagaman Miller, 98, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at the Towne House Retirement Community, Fort Wayne, Ind.
A private graveside service will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 at Union Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio.
Carolyn Augusta Hagaman was born Nov. 20, 1914, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, daughter of Frederick Blaine and Edna Josephine (Dunning) Hagaman.
A native of Cleveland, Carol attended The Ohio State University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1936. Notably, she was a member of the 1933 Homecoming Court, junior class vice president (1934-1935), and held memberships in the honorarias of the Chimes and Mortar Board.
A dedicated member of the Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women since 1932, Carol shared her life-long sisterhood with various local and regional alumnae chapters, including the National Panhellenic Organization. In 2008, Pi Beta Phi honored Carol for her 75 years of devoted service.
Carol married Ralph C. Miller Jr., in Cleveland, on Sept. 9, 1939. Together they raised six children and were active in each of their seven communities: Philadelphia; Birmingham, Mich.; Pleasant Hills, Pa.; Upper St. Clair, Pa.; Watchung, N.J.; Pinehurst; and Fort Wayne.
An accomplished artist, seamstress and ceramist, she received numerous awards in honor of her craft. Considered a vintage potter of the Cleveland School, Carol is listed in the important monographs of Who’s Who in the East, Mallett and Davenports, 1946. The Cleveland Museum of Art acquired 11 pieces of her work (c. 1935-1965) for their permanent collection.
Among numerous other organizations, Carol was also affiliated with the Civic Light Opera Guild and the Associated Artists Guild in Pittsburgh, and the Moore County Arts Council in Pinehurst. She was a Girl Scout leader for 20 years, a faithful member of the Pleasant Hills Community Church, in Pittsburgh, the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, Pa., and The Village Chapel, in Pinehurst.
In 2007, Carol published her memoirs for her immediate family.
She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Ralph C. Miller Jr.; a daughter, Barbara Jane Miller; and brother, Frederick Homer Hagaman.
She is survived by a son, Ralph Charles Miller III (Linda Suhr Miller), of Moraga, Calif.; four daughters, Margaret M. Thomas (Dr. John R. Thomas), of Carmel, Ind., Nancy M. Daily (Robert S. Daily) of Rochester Hills, Mich., Janet M. Adamson (John F. Adamson), of Williamsburg, Va., and Catherine C. Miller (Robert T. Kelly), of West Bloomfield, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Carol was incredibly accomplished in all walks of life and deeply loved by those of us who have been graced by her presence.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.