Mary “Jamie” Brown Miller, a teacher who belonged to the Assistance League in Redlands for 70 years, died on Aug. 31, 2020. She was 94.
Born on May 2, 1926, to Charles M. Brown Jr. and Mary Jamison Brown, she grew up on the family's orange ranch in Crafton along with her younger sister, Susanne Brown Hills. Her grandfather, Charles M. Brown Sr., was a Redlands orange growing and packing pioneer.
Miller attended Crafton Elementary School and Redlands Junior High, and graduated from Redlands High School in 1943. She earned a degree in home economics at the University of Redlands and graduated in 1948.
She met her future husband, Kenton, through the friendship of their grandmothers. Kenton was sent to the U of R with his U.S. Navy V-12 unit. They were married in 1946 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Redlands. Her husband earned a degree in engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. They moved to Newport, Rhode Island, in 1950 when he was called to serve in the Navy again in the Korean War. They returned to Redlands for the remainder of their lives. Miller enjoyed gardening, sewing and entertaining. She played bridge twice a week with the same eight women for decades.
She returned to college in the 1960s to earn another degree and her teaching credential. She then taught third grade for 22 years.
In the 1980s, the Millers turned the orange groves into a kiwi farm and sold their produce at five farmers' markets each week throughout Southern California for the next decade.
After Kenton died in 2002, she moved to Plymouth Village in 2010. As a lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church, she served on the Altar Guild for many years. In addition to her work with the Assistance League she belonged to the Arrowhead Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is survived by her children Mary Chapman and her husband Scott, Kay Reed and her husband Andrew, and Kent Miller and his wife Diane; four grandchildren, Mollie, Alec, Matthew and Stephanie; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and
A graveside service at Hillside Cemetery was conducted last week. A video of the service will available on the Trinity Episcopal YouTube page at episcopalredlands.org/.
Memorial contributions may be made to the PV Team Member Appreciation Fund at HumanGood Foundation, Plymouth Village, 900 Salem Drive, Redlands, CA 92373.