Joan Hanford Miller

December 18, 1930 - October 19, 2023
Joan Hanford Miller

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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 ( or Lower Cape Fear Life Care (

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

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  • November 04, 2023
    Carrie McNelis says:
    I live in the Villas at Jumping Brook in Neptune, NJ and met your lovely mother 15 yrs ago when my husband and I moved here. There were 2 women named Joan in the development and I was having a very difficult time trying to learn every ones name in the beginning. I sat with her at an early women's club function and she simply said, "just call me tall Joan ( the other Joan was about 5 ft. 4 ins). Well as long as she lived here, I looked up to her ( I'm 5 ft 2 in. at best !!!) and thoroughly enjoyed sitting with her at any event. Her stories were fun to listen to and she was just the nicest of my first memories in the development . I am sorry to hear that she has passed. I only hope that she lived her final years in peace and joy. I will always remember "tall Joan".

  • October 31, 2023
    John and Patty Mccaffrey and family says:
    Prayers and best wishes to all. Fond memories of a cherished friendship with a one of a kind lady.

  • October 25, 2023
    Charlotte and Tom McKennon says:
    We hope all of your beautiful memories will give you comfort. The family is in our thoughts as you all process the loss of your mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a beacon to all.

  • October 24, 2023
    Peggy Verlangieri lit a candle:
    Lit since October 24, 2023 at 10:12:54 PM

  • October 24, 2023
    Joe Clarity says:
    Offering you our prayers, condolences, and good wishes.