Virginia Belden Miller, of Topsham, ME, formerly of Camden, ME, and Plandome died peacefully and pain free on Oct. 6, 2001, at the age of 85 following a year long battle with cancer. Virginia was a graduate of Friends Academy, attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Connecticut College with a masters in music. Her love of music followed her throughout her life: singing in the choir and playing the organ at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Port Washington, where she and her late husband Ed were longtime members, teaching piano while her three children were growing up, playing piano in the Music Study Club in Port Washington, and playing for Sunday evening vespers services at the Highlands retirement community in Topsham. Her love of people and a constant desire to help those less fortunate than her led Jinny and Ed to do volunteer work for the Camden Health Care Center, the Pen Bay Medical Center and drive many miles for Meals on Wheels. She was a member of PEO. Her love of the outdoors was exemplified by the many years of sailing she did with Ed, from Meteors while growing up, to cruising LI Sound and Penobscot Bay. She was also an avid gardener. And there were always her cats: Tag-along, Susie, Cinders and Sam, Bos'n and finally her beloved Maine coon cat Tag.
She is survived by Nancy M. Chopchitz (Roman) of Framingham, MA; Colonel Robert E. Miller (Mickey) of Riverside, CA; and Donald B. Miller (Nancy) of North Reading, MA; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Arrangements were made by the Norton Funeral Home, Framingham. A memorial service celebrating her life was held at South Church, Andover, MA. Interment St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Donations can be made to Wayside Hospice, 266 Cochituate Rd., Wayland, MA 01778 or the Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Miller Memorial Fund, St. Stephen's Church, 9 Carlton Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050.
Jean W. Asher, 82, of Stuart, FL, passed away on Oct. 20, 2001, at Hospice of Martin and St. Lucie Residence. She was born in New York, NY, and had been a resident of Stuart for 23 years. She was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Stuart, Miles Grant Country Club, Port Washington Yacht Club and she volunteered for the Red Cross in Garden City. She was a world traveler and loved to play bridge. Survivors include one son, Roger Asher of West Palm Beach; her brother-in-law, William C. Asher of Stuart; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Harry F. Asher and one son, Air Force Captain Laurence Asher. Arrangements were made by the Aycock Funeral Home, Stuart. A funeral service was held on Oct. 24 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Interment All Saints Cemetery, Jensen Beach, FL. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Martin and St. Lucie Inc., 2030 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996.