Charlotte Rebecca Thomas Miller, was born on June 26, 1923 in New York, New York. She was the oldest daughter of three children born to loving parents Melvin Wesley Thomas Sr. of Sandy Spring, MD and Theresa Lee Kay Thomas of Gumberry, NC. The family would later move to Washington, DC in 1936.
She was employed at the War Department (Department of Defense) from 1941 until 1945. She worked within the Office of the Secretary of War carrying a high level security clearance. She met Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary McLeod Bethune during her tenure as they were fighting for equal rights for minorities and women within the military.
Charlotte was married to the late Ammon Leon Miller on August 19, 1945. Two children, Ammon Leon Miller, Jr. and Janice Miller Buffert Davis were born of this union. The children were her gifts from God and she cherished them greatly. She enjoyed staying home with her children for several years before she returned to the workforce in 1952.
In 1961, Charlotte married Joseph Miller. They were married for over 60 years and were each other’s best friend. Their loving commitment to each other and their children served as the foundation for their strong family unit.
Charlotte completed the requirements for Early Childhood Development at Trinity College. She shared her talents in teaching arts and crafts to youth and seniors. Charlotte taught sewing in the Montgomery County After School Enrichment Programs and with the Montgomery County Recreation Department. She cared about her community focusing on her beloved senior citizens. She volunteered with the Fellowship Senior Citizens Club for several years before becoming the Director. She enhanced the lives of the seniors by organizing many trips, meaningful social performances, and educational activities later retiring in 1985.
She was a faithful member of Good Hope Union United Methodist Church and served on the membership committee. She enjoyed laughing and socializing with her friends from church.
Charlotte took great pleasure in showing her family how to sew, knit, and crochet. She looked forward to knitting baby booties, a hat, and sweater set for new additions to the family and other dear friends. She designed children’s clothes and sold them with her own label hand sewn in each garrment. She was an exceptional seamstress making some of her own clothes and was always impeccably dressed. Some of the favorite memories from her grand children and great-grandchildren were: spending time with her before and after school, watching her favorite soap operas with her, her baking cakes, her playing endless games of Connect Four with John, and her valuable advice, life lessons and guidance that we will always cherish.
She leaves to celebrate her life, eternal love, and legacy:
Loving son: Ammon (Leon) Miller, Jr.; Loving daughter: Janice Renee Davis: Grandchildren; Jeanette Buffert, Ammon L. Miller III, John C. Buffert Jr., (Crystal) and Janique Ettel; Great-grandchildren: Troy D. Smith, Jonice A. Buffert, Renee E. Buffert,Vivica L. Buffert and Ariann Newman; Great-great-grandchildren: Nova Davis-Cray and Zahari Davis-Cray, numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made to United Women of Faith at Good Hope Union Methodist Church 14680 Good Hope Road, Silver Spring Maryland 20905, in honor of Charlotte R Miller.
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