Our dear mother, Joan Hanford Miller, age 92, of Leland, North Carolina, passed away peacefully at home on October 19, 2023 with her daughter, Juni by her side.
She was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, to George B. and Margaret B. Hanford on December 18, 1930.
Joan graduated Miss Beard’s School, Morristown, NJ, where she was president of her senior class. She married her beloved husband Ira V. Miller on May 20, 1950. She lived in Shrewsbury, Little Silver, Rumson, Tinton Falls and Neptune, New Jersey. She wintered in Lake Worth, Florida for 22 years.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, NJ, where served as an Elder, and a member of the Faith Hope Circle. She was a member of the Navesink Garden Club, and a 40 year member of Beacon Hill Country Club, where she won the Club Championship 5 times. She was also a member of Women’s New Jersey Golf Association and The Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association. She was a past member of Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter, NSDAR, Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
Joan was predeceased by her son Jeffrey Mark Miller in 1966, dear husband of 54 years Ira Van Vliet Miller in 2004, sister Beverly Graham in 2006, and grandson Mark Hanford Miller on August 19, 2023.
She leaves behind sons, George (Marjorie) Miller, Jack (Gloria) Miller, daughter and caregiver Juni (Craig) Fraser. She leaves her adored grandchildren, Heidi E. Miller, Heather E (Eric) Foster, Ivy Jean Miller, Jay V. Miller, Damon (Kima)Wyche, Mary Cato, Heidi A. Miller, Brian (Lauren) Fraser, and 18 Great Grandchildren. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.
She will always be remembered for her loving and caring ways and never ending sense of humor. Her Me-Meisms will forever be in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (StJude.org) or Lower Cape Fear Life Care (Lifecare.org).
Burial will be private, and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Leland Chapel. Please leave condolences for the family on her Tribute Wall at www.wilmingtoncares.com