Shirley M. Miller, homemaker

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Shirley M. Miller, a homemaker and volunteer who earlier had worked at Waverly Press, died Dec. 12 of a stroke at Londonderry, an Easton retirement community.

The former longtime Towson resident was 92.

The daughter of an educator and a homemaker, Shirley Morton was born in Berwyn, Prince George's County, and was raised in Easton.

After graduating from Easton High School in 1936, she attended Western Maryland College, which is now McDaniel College.

In the early 1940s, she went to work as a Linotype operator for Waverly Press in Baltimore.

In 1939, she married William Robert Miller, who at the time was a salesman.

In 1945, when she was expecting her only child, Waverly Press installed a monotype printing press in the basement of the couple's Worthington Road.

"That way, she could keep on working," said her daughter, Robin Miller Valliant, who lives in Oxford.

In 1951, Mrs. Miller left Waverly Press to become a full-time homemaker.

She also assisted her husband, who had joined Alcoholics Anonymous that year, and during the 1980s, was executive director of Tuerk House, a Baltimore residential treatment facility for those suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction.

Mr. Miller retired in the 1990s from the National Council on Alcoholism where he had been program director.

"Mom used to be dad's answering service when an alcoholic needing his help would call," said Mrs. Valliant.

In 2001, the couple moved to the Easton retirement community. Mr. Miller died in 2002.

Mrs. Miller volunteered with the Historical Society of Talbot County, where she helped identify and catalog historic photographs. She also was a sales associate at Tharpe House Antiques in Easton.

She was an avid collector of Royal Doulton china, books, and jade and opal jewelry.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Londonderry, 700 Port St.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Miller is survived by a brother, Richard Ivon Morton of Trappe; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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