Phyllis J Miller, 94, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at Paradise Valley Estates in Fairfield, Calif., which had been her home for almost 10 years.
Phyllis was born in Marion County, Iowa, to John Orville Culbertson and Margaret Elizabeth (Baughman) Culbertson on Oct. 16, 1919. She was raised primarily in Los Angeles, but returned to Iowa to attend college at Drake University. After graduation in 1941, she began teaching science in Iowa.
Her teaching was interrupted from 1943 to 1946, when she was commissioned as a WAVE Naval coding officer in the communications office. She received an honorable discharge after the end of World War II as a full Lieutenant. She married Lt. Charles Albert Miller on Jan. 26, 1946, in Los Angeles. She returned to teaching in 1949, putting in more than 25 years in Los Angeles County before retiring in 1981.
Phyllis was an expert genealogist, having researched her husband’s and her family lines for more than 50 years. Her research was published many times, in prestigious peer review journals including The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. She was also a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and General Society Mayflower Descendants.
After 54 years of marriage Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband who passed away on July 25, 2000.
Phyllis will be greatly missed by her children and their families including, son Randolph C. Miller; daughter, Pamela A. Miller; granddaughters, Erin C. (Miller) Tisland and Amy L. Miller; and great-grandson, Logan Nash.
A celebration of Phyllis’s life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Paradise Valley Estates Community Center, 2600 Estates Drive, Fairfield, Calif., 94533.