Martha Ann Miller
Randolph, Vt. — Martha Ann Miller, 73, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer, on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt. She was born in Burlington, Vt., on Sept. 7, 1940, to Ellwyn E. and Beverley Hubbard Miller.
Martha grew up in Northfield, Mass. and Putney, Vt. She graduated from Northfield School for Girls in 1958. After high school, she attended the University of Vermont and then Windham College, where she earned a Teaching Certificate in 1962. Martha pursued graduate coursework at the University of Vermont in Childhood Education. In the 1960’s, Martha taught art and music in local Vermont schools.
A very intelligent and talented woman in many domains (poetry and short story writing, sewing, singing), Martha was also an entrepreneur.
In the early 1970’s she worked as an independent seamstress and created KatieDid, Inc., a support system for battered women. In the early 1990’s, she created, owned and ran ElderWise, Inc., an in-home care-giving service. During that 15 year period, Martha developed a comprehensive collection of courses to develop in-home certified caregivers. In its day, ElderWise Inc. employed 44 caregivers and additionally trained many more to become independent, professional caregivers. Her caregiving course is the only comprehensive training program for certification in Vermont.
Besides her work as founder and director of ElderWise, Inc., she produced several television shows, Getting Older and Wiser, on BCTV in Brattleboro and Middlebury. She also wrote a column, Close to Home, for the Brattleboro Reformer and Vernon Newspaper.
Martha is well known for her beautiful soprano voice, and sang with different groups and churches throughout her life. A former member of the Burlington Oratorio Society, she later joined the Church of Latter Day Saints in South Royalton, where she acted as choir director before committing herself to the church’s genealogy research.
Martha is survived by three daughters and one son, Katherine Palles, of Charleston, S.C., Emily Wolff, of Paris, France, Beverly Downen, of Portland, Ore., and Michael Flores, of Berkeley, Calif.; her four brothers, Richard Miller, E.Reed Miller, David Miller and John Miller, all of Vermont; her five grandchildren, Bradley, Dorian, Anya-Raven, Zoe and Zackary; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Ellwyn and Beverley Miller; and her brother, Mark Arms Miller.
A memorial service will be held at her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, at 113 LDS Lane South Royalton, VT 05068, on Monday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. Burial will follow in spring at the Miller family plot at the Dummerston Center Cemetery, Dummerston, Vt. Details to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Martha’s name may be made to Gifford Medical Center Hospice Care, 44 South Main Street, Randolph VT 05060. To sign an online register book or send messages of condolences to the family please visit www.atamaniuk.com.
Atamaniuk Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.