GT.BARRINGTON–Elizabeth “Betts” Steele Miller, 82, of New Lebanon, died on February 9 at Fairview Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a hip fracture in October of 2008 and resulting long illness.
Born in Osceola Mills, Penn. October 6, 1927, Mrs. Miller was the daughter of the late Charles and Agnes Pehutski Steele. She was the wife of the late Joseph J. Miller, who died on February 5, 2003.
Mr. and Mrs. Miller were married in Buffalo July 2, 1960 and stories have it that the wedding was “the event of the summer” because Andy Williams was there to sing. After moving to New Lebanon from Colorado, they lived in Canaan and New Lebanon for 47 years. During their marriage they enjoyed traveling to Switzerland, Austria, Ireland/Britain/Wales and Scotland and cruising to Mexico, the Caribbean and Alaska.
Mrs. Miller was an active member of her community, belonging to the library book club, the New Lebanon Women’s club, the Lebanon Valley Seniors and a Women’s Bible Study Group in Canaan. She was also an active member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Lebanon and enjoyed the newly established Ministry Group most recently. On the day she broke her hip, Mrs. Miller had enjoyed the trip the group took to Cambridge to see the Monks of New Skete Monastery and to have lunch at the Cambridge Hotel.
Mrs. Miller was an athletic woman in her life; she enjoyed tennis, golf and downhill skiing. She also loved to cook with baking being a specialty. She is best known for her “Polish butterhorn” cookies at holiday time and would frequently bring other kinds of cookies everywhere she went. Her family and friends will greatly miss her “Grammy B bread.”
Mrs. Miller was raised and educated in Pennsylvania. She attended nursing school at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital and furthered her education at the University of Buffalo. She was a registered nurse and worked in Saratoga Springs before travelling to and working as an Operating Room nurse in Alaska and Hawaii. She worked locally at the Canaan Clinic for many years before retiring in the 1990s. Folks there knew her as “Liz” or “Lizzie”.
She leaves her two children, Pat and husband Dan Fabiano of Richmond, Mass. and Stephanie and her husband John Proffitt of Anchorage, Alaska. She also leaves her two adored grandchildren, Arielle and Karissa, who knew her as “Grammy B.” She was the last surviving of the Steele siblings: Helen Johnson of Pennsylvania, Matt Royal of New Jersey, Dorothy Eggleston of Saratoga Springs, Irene Demcheck of Pennsylvania and Charles “Bud” Steele of Florida. She also leaves her brother-in-law Dave Miller and his wife, Mary Lou, in Rochester and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 10, at 11 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Route 20, New Lebanon. Relatives and friends are invited to the church to greet the family starting at 10 a.m. Private burial will take place in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Miller’s memory may be made to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust, the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, or Hospice Care in the Berkshires in care of Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, P.O. Box 9, Stephentown, NY 12168.