The York College family was saddened recently by the news that former faculty member Madge Miller had passed away on April 28 at the age of 91.
For more than 50 years, Madge and her husband, Dr. Mabrey Miller, served the students of York College in countless capacities, from faculty to administrative roles. They were an ever-present force on the campus and in the community and their contributions to York College will be remembered by thousands of thankful alumni.
The Millers five children all attended York College: Wanda “Wendy” (Miller) Shashoua ’66, Ramona (Miller) Ratliff ’69, Bryan Miller ’81, Keith Miller ’84, and Kirk Miller ’84.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 1, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Metz Mortuary. Memorials may be directed to the Mabrey Kirk Miller Scholarship Fund at York College.
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Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2 at East Hill Church of Christ. There will be an informal coffee and dessert fellowship immediately following the service in the East Hill Fellowship Hall. There will be a separate graveside service for the family.
Condolences may be emailed to Metz Mortuary or York College. Messages will be given to the family.
Madge Black Miller, 91, died Monday, April 28th 2014, in York surrounded by family. She was born at home in Lowndes County, Georgia on May 10th, 1922 to John Ryan Black and Ida Lou Dennis Black. Madge attended David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tennessee and earned her B.A. from Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas. She received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from UNL.
Madge was united in marriage to Mabrey L. Miller on May 30, 1944 in Searcy, Arkansas. They were married for 64 years until his death in 2009. Madge was a member of the East Hill Church of Christ where she worked with her husband as an elder’s wife for 46 years. Mabrey and Madge made numerous mission trips to Nairobi, Kenya and Samara, Russia.
Madge began her career as an elementary school teacher in Arkansas. After moving to York, she was asked to begin the special education program in the York Public School system. Later, she served in a number of capacities at York College over a span of more than four decades. A few of these were as a career counselor, bookstore manager, secretary to the academic dean, supervising student teachers, and as a classroom instructor in art appreciation. She retired from her duties at the college in 2010.
Madge was an active participant over many years in volunteer organizations including Helping Hands for York College and Meals-on-Wheels. She was also known by many for her generous gifts of her homemade grape jelly, chocolate chip cookies and poetry.
Madge was preceded in death by her parents, brother Richard, sisters Mary Louise and Catherine, husband Mabrey, son Kirk, and foster son Mike Walters.
She is survived by her brothers Leon and Russell, sisters Jeanette and Grace, her children Wendy (Albert) Shashoua of Atlanta, Ramona (John) Ratliff of York, Bryan (Amy) Miller of Milford, and Keith (Rena) Miller of York, thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
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