December 31, 1873 - March 21, 1936
|On the morning of March 21, 1936, the spirit of Mrs. Lillian Howard Miller, widow of the late Dr. C. C. Miller, gave up the hopeless struggle against the ravages of disease and took refuge in the arms of her Lord.
Mrs. Miller was not a native of this State. She was born in New York on December 31, 1873. She lost her mother when eleven years of age, and, after having visited relatives in Louisiana annually, for several successive years, she removed to Roseland, Louisiana, while still in her early girlhood. Shortly after attaining her majority she formed business connections in Franklinton, La., where she spent practically all the re-mainder of her life. She was married to Dr. Miller in December, 1893, and served effectively with him during the final years of his pastorate, retiring with him to her home in Franklinton when he superannuated. During Brother Miller’s last illness her energy and vitality were severely overtaxed and she was never able to regain her strength. Like a flower, she gradually faded until death gently released her from her sufferings. She was buried March 22, in Ellis cemetery on the outskirts of Franklinton.
Mrs. Miller’s passing was a notable loss to the Church and to the community, as well as to her family and wide circle of personal friends. A “stranger in a strange land,” she had won her way into the affection, the confidence and the high esteem of a host of the citizens of her adopted State. in Franklinton, where she lived the longest, she was best known and loved, and it was there that her life counted for most in solid useful-ness and sacrificial service. In every area of life touched by her personality she was helpful, and, whether her ministry was to a loved one, a personal friend, the Church or the community at large, it was wrought in whole-hearted loyalty and sincerity.
Her regard for the Church was very strong. A sympathetic interest in its purposes and needs as well as a loyal respect for its ministry were among the fine characteristics of soul that tempered all her living. She was active in church work and generous in its support and withal, was strongly resentful of any attack, great or small, upon its integrity.
The rough school of life developed in her a healthy independence of spirit and rare qualities of friendliness. She was a friend, indeed, and it was, perhaps, at this point that her life was richest in meaning to those about her. Beneficence and good will were native to her heart and to the atmosphere of her home. And the bright memories of her friendship still linger, like sacred incense, in the hearts of the men who were so fortunate as to know her.
Mrs. Miller left no relatives in this section of the country except Mrs. A. G. Smith, of Franklinton, a step-daughter of a previous marriage, whom she reared from infancy; Mrs. Harold Demanade, of Lafayette, La., and Mr. Richard Miller, daughter and son, respectively, of Dr. C. C. Miller.
The memories of her life and fellowship are mingled with the cheering and gracious experiences, which have blessed our lives. We expect to meet her again in that Realm where Life’s meaning is not marred by frailties and suffering.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 97-98, 1936, by Charles E. McLean|