Maryrose Miller

November 30, 1938 - December 19, 2013
Maryrose Miller


Maryrose Miller, private investor, animal advocate, and philanthropist, died Thursday, December 19, 2013 in Wilmington, NC. She was 75 years old.

Miss Miller was born on November 30, 1938 in Washington, DC, the only child of Ellen Rose and Herbert Peter Miller. Her mother, native of Wallace, NC, had been a professional dancer on Broadway and her father, a native of Buffalo, NY, was Assistant Chief Counsel with the Labor Department in Washington. Miss Miller was raised in Fairfax County, VA and New York City. As a young woman, she modeled and acted.

She graduated with a BA from the Columbian College of The George Washington University, and held Masters Degrees from the Stern School of Business at New York University and the School of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America. She was for many years an officer of the Columbia University Business School, specializing in basic investing and stock market research.

After her retirement she traveled the world with a particular love of the Far East. During her life she lived in San Francisco, New York, Washington, New Orleans, Miami, Cape Cod, and North Carolina and owned property far and wide.

Miss Miller said her three passions were investing, travel, and animal welfare. Her skillful investing made possible the other two. She will be known especially for her charity, the Miss Avis Davis Fund, named for her beloved Dachshund mix. She had many cherished pets who were her wonderful family. She leaves behind her precious little Niles, a Chihuahua mix, and four beloved cats, Regis and Kathie Lee, Tony, and Beaubert.

No services are planned. Her ashes will be interred in the Miller Family plot in Rockfish Cemetery in Wallace, NC. Contributions in her memory may be made to the animal charity of your choice.

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  • December 22, 2013
    alice wells says:
    I WORKED FOR MARYROSE THE LAST MONTH OF HER LIFE. SHE WAS THE SMARTEST PERSON I HAVE EVER KNOWN. SHE HAD THE BIGGEST HEART THAT CAN BE HAD. I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM HER AND I CHERISH EVERY MOMENT WITH HER. MY GRIEF IS GREAT. SHE JUST THOUGHT MORE OF HER ANIMALS THAN SHE DID OF HERSELF. SHE DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE THEM. OFF YOU GO MARYROSE. YOU WILL FOREVER BE WITH THE ANGELS.

  • January 06, 2014
    Bob Roman says:
    Pet Friends of Duplin County deeply appreciates the support and encouragement Maryrose gave to us.

  • December 24, 2013
    Roseann Collingwood says:
    So sorry to hear this, the animals have lost a great friend with Ms Miller's passing.

  • December 31, 2013
    Donna Bloomer says:
    Many animals have been helped through her generosity, and so many more will be cared for in her memory. Thank you, Maryrose, for your leadership and inspiration!