Olive Scott “Kitty” Higgins Miller
12/22/26 – 12/11/2022
Olive Scott was born on December 22, 1926, in Valdosta, Ga. to parents Willie and Olive Higgins. She was predeceased in death by her parents, sister Ethel Lee Flythe her three brothers Elmer, Dalton and Colon Higgins and her granddaughter Kim Sibbach.
She is survived by her husband Charles Miller, her children Myra Peele, Charles L. Miller and wife Gail, Vicki Nester and husband Darryl, and Lisa Miller, her grandchildren Susan Porter, Christy Porter (Darren), Stacy Sibbach and Colby Miller and great-grandchildren Ella and Katy Porter, Ivie Alves and Cohen Miller.
Growing up her family moved often, from Georgia to South Carolina and back near the family home in Onslow Co. In 1936, when she was nine years old, they moved to Penderlea Farms and lived there until 1942. While at Penderlea, the area boys kidded her by calling her Kitty after the red haired comic strip character Kitty Higgins. The boys thought that they were getting under her skin, but Olive liked the moniker “Kitty” so much she kept it for the rest of her life. In 1942, the family moved to Scotts Hill where Kitty attended Topsail High School. It was there that she met the love of her life and future husband of 76 years, Charles William Miller. The first time she set eyes on him, she told her friend, “That’s the man I’m going to marry.”
After graduating high school, her parents moved to Winter Park in Wilmington. She later moved to Savannah to live with her sister and attend Straughn’s Business College. When the war was over and her sailor boy came home, they were married on August 3, 1946. By 1951, they were living in their lifetime home in Seagate that was built by Charles and his family. Charles and Kitty agreed that he would work outside the home to support the family and she would have charge of running the home and raising the children. On weekends, they would go out dancing and Kitty did her share of jitterbugging sometimes into the wee hours of the morning. She was always a people person and could strike up a conversation with a fence post.
Kitty was a charter member of Oleander United Methodist Church. Over the years, she served in the choir, as mission chair, teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School, and delivering tapes of the Sunday services to shut-ins. In later years she was known for her card ministry to church members.
Her children’s memories include her evil eye, that she would cast if they misbehaved in church, her lasagna that was baked for special occasions, her fried chicken and potato salad, pimento cheese, banana pudding, the Girl Scout song she learned at Penderlea and would sing for anyone at the drop of a hat, including once for Eleanor Roosevelt. They remember that she always knew everything about anything they tried to get away with. And, if you wanted to make her happy, you fed her fried shrimp.
She will be missed.
Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens. The family will see friends from 12:30 PM until service time.
The service live stream can be viewed HERE.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099