Flora Ann Miller was born on March 15th, 1937 in Rochester, Pennsylvania to (the late) Samuel Thomas Martin and Eleanor Hubbard Martin. She grew up with her parents and seven siblings in Sharon, Pennsylvania. Flora graduated from Sharon High School and then attended North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. A believer and advocate in education, she continued to study Social Work at Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. While at AU, she earned her graduate degree, and met one of her classmates William Miller, ll who became her husband and lifelong partner.
Flora and Bill then moved to Brooklyn, New York where they began raising a family while both engaged in their life vocations of Social Work and helping people. In 1963, she gave birth to her first son William Miller, lll (“Billy”). Four years later, she gave birth to her younger son Clinton Miller. Flora Miller was always hospitable, gracious and supportive to family and others. She mastered balancing her career and family in the home. Mom was a wonderful cook and loved to bake on a regular basis. She started to work in the SEEK department at John Jay College where she remained for over twenty-five years. She was a Professor, yet she was not ashamed of her faith, and carried out her relationship with God by teaching Sunday School and always having affairs for young people in the community. She involved herself with local politics by volunteering much of her time during the David Dinkins Mayoral campaign in 1989, and worked closely with Congressman Major Owens. Mrs. Miller studied and received a Doctorate of Social Work from Yeshiva University in 1985.
One of her greatest milestones was becoming the proud grandmother of Asha Monique. As she did with her husband and sons, she poured all her love into Asha who was and still is one of Dr. Miller’s proudest accomplishments.
She joined Brown Memorial Baptist Church and became active in the Sunday School. She began the Martin Luther King, Jr. Afterschool Program, always believing that the church should provide services for families. After her retirement, she remained active in the church, faithfully attending worship services, and feeling particularly proud that her younger son Clinton became its Pastor.
Mom was easygoing, thoughtful and considerate of other people. Although she was soft spoken, she was strong and had an unbreakable will. Dad would tease and say that he ran the house, but everybody knew who called the shots in the Miller household!! Regardless of whatever crisis we had to undergo, she was always sure to remind us that our faith in Jesus would allow us to get through.
On Monday, May 14, 2018, Dr. Flora Ann Miller became absent from the body and present with the Lord. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of fifty-six years, William Miller, ll; her sons: Billy and Clint; her granddaughter Asha; her biological sisters: Iva Bordeaux (and her husband John) of Vienna, Virginia, Georgie Love (and her husband John) of Cincinnati, Ohio; her brother Rev. Wilbur Martin (and his wife Glenda) of Buffalo, New York; and her cousins who were like sisters: Wilhelmina Williams and Mary Gordon (both of Washington, D.C.). She will be deeply missed, and her memory will be cherished by many forever.
~ Lovingly Submitted By The Family