Betty Baer Miller
Mrs. Betty Baer Miler, age 89, of Florence, MS (formerly of Hattiesburg), went to be with her Lord on Friday, August 4, 2017 at home with family.
Mrs. Miller was born in Ashland, KY to William J. and Irene Caines Baer on March 7, 1928. She was the eldest of 8 children, which prepared her well to be the matriarch of the family. She married Billy Joe Miller on July 26, 1947 in Oak Ridge, TN. Bill was in the US Army Air Forces during WWII and then later joined the US Air Force and they were stationed in several places in the United States, as well as in Okinawa and Wiesbaden, Germany. Betty was primarily a homemaker, taking care of their 4 children, but also worked several jobs throughout her life. Her favorite thing to do was teach art using the Old Master’s technique, which she studied in Germany while they were stationed abroad. She taught this method in private art classes at Westlake United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg where they attended for more than 30 years. For the past 10 years she has lived with daughter Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Davis and family in Florence and attended First Baptist Church Jackson where she loved the music ministry. Her life was as beautiful as the art she loved so much, and her influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her.
Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Major Billy Joe Miller (USAF-Ret.), sons William “Tommy” and Robert “David” Miller and daughter, Marilyn “Lynn” Hogan, as well as one infant son, John Richard Miller, granddaughter Kathryn “Katy” Miller, parents William J. and Irene Caines Baer, sisters Donna Huffman, Laverne Murphy, and Faye Gates.
She is survived by daughter, Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Davis (Vaughn) of Florence, MS, nine grandchildren, William Miller (Andrea), Mary Anne Mitchell (Josh), Tony Miller (Katrina), Ed Hogan, Andy Hogan, Patty Beech (Cameron), Laura Clinton (Andy), Crystal Miller, and Karen Fife, and seventeen great-grandchildren, as well as four siblings, Sue Wamsley of Ashland, KY, Barbara Hartmann of Spring Hill, FL, Anne deGlopper of Grand Rapids, MI and George “Joe” Baer (Lois) of Rockford, MI and many cherished nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to:
First Baptist Jackson Music & Worship Ministry, P.O. Box 250, Jackson, MS 39205
National WWII Museum New Orleans, www.nationalww2museum.org/give/ways-give
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 11 at 10:00 am at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home Chapel. The service will follow at 12:00 noon.
Internment will be in Roseland Park Cemetery Garden of Valor.