Grace Reta (Bryant) Miller passed away on Jan. 4, 2009 after battling hemochromatosis and myelodysplasia for two years. The daughter of Harold and Florence (Hocking) Bryant, Grace was born Feb. 12, 1919 in Warwick, NY.
Grace was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Dr. John L. Miller, superintendent of Great Neck Schools from 1942 to 1970. They were married on June, 11, 1949.
Grace is survived by her daughter Melanie Miller and her grandson Colin Miller and her daughter Jean Remler and sons, John L. Miller Jr. and Donald Miller, whose mother, Bertha Wight Miller, passed away in 1948. Grace is also survived by her sister Ann White and her husband Gene and by her brother William Bryant and his wife Norma. Also by her grandchildren, Jeffrey, Stephen and Catherine Hubbard, Kristin and Sean Miller, David Miller and Katherine Sofis.
Grace received her bachelor of science degree in physical education from Cortland State Teachers College in 1940 and her master of arts degree in health education form New York University in 1948. She was a physical education teacher in Lowville, NY, from 1940 to 1942 and in Port Jervis, NY, from 1942 to 1945. In 1945, she left Port Jervis to take a position with the Tuberculosis Association on Long Island where she served as a contributor to the publication Ideas for Teachers. It was in this capacity that she met Dr. Miller, who referred to her as "Gracie B."
Grace Miller was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church from 1949 to 1984 and of the Community Church of Great Neck from 1984 to the present. She served as president of the Woman's Club of Great Neck and also served on the boards of the United Community Fund and the Visiting Nurse Association. She was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church choir and the Woman's Club Drama Club.
Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Funeral Home, Manhasset. Services at the Community Church of Great Neck. Burial Warwick Cemetery, Warwick, NY.