E. Adeline Miller, 68-year resident of Woodinville, passed away at the home of her daughter Jenny Ingersoll on May 19, 2014. She was 98.
Born and raised in Seattle, Adeline spent her childhood studying dance, voice and drama. She was a graduate of Queen Anne High School. Adeline married George M. Fitz. They had four children. Adeline and her family moved to Woodinville in 1946.
In 1950, Adeline married Donald F. Miller, an airplane mechanic, who with his son Donald F. Miller Jr., moved to her valley residence.
There they gardened, had a milk cow, pigs, ducks and chickens. Adeline loved animals. Over the years, she adopted many stray cats, which would eventually find their way to her lap.
Early in the 1950s, Adeline opened a school of dance at the Sammamish Valley Grange Hall (Hollywood Schoolhouse) where she taught ballet and tap. Later she moved her classes to a home dance studio.
In addition to putting on dance recitals, Adeline loved to direct variety shows, which she did in conjunction with the Sammamish Valley Grange and Woodinville Grade School. If anyone in the community needed entertainment for a program, she had students willing and ready to perform.
Adeline could be counted on for her innovative ideas. She solicited businesses in Bothell to help put on the first Bothell Art Festival.
Another of her ideas was to have members of the Historical Society make the historical quilt, now on display at the Woodinville Museum. Adeline never lost her love of music or dance and often broke out into song from a repertoire that spanned decades. She had a keen sense of humor, which along with her songs, prevailed to the end of her life.
Adeline was active in the Sammamish Valley Grange, the Woodinville PTA, the Driftwood Society and the Woodinville Historical Society.
She was a Welcome Wagon hostess and a member of the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce. She sold Avon and worked as a cook at the Gold Creek Café. She brought her love of art to retirement homes, teaching crafts to residents.
After an injury in 2007, Adeline moved in with daughter Jenny and lived with her for the remainder of her years.
Throughout her life Adeline managed adversity with determination and tenacity. She leaves these virtues to her children Noelle Fingerson, Donald F. Miller Jr., Ruth (Mickie) Gundersen, Charles (Buddy) Fitz, and Jenny Ingersoll, her 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. The family is grateful to her caregivers for their seven and a half years of love, care and dedication.
A celebration of her life was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in the Chapel of the Resurrection at Cedar Park Church, 16300 112th Ave. NE, Bothell, WA 98011. Internment will follow at Cedar Lawns Cemetery, 7200 180th Ave. NE, Redmond, Wash.