Elizabeth Miller

Born: Nurnberg, Germany on 13 June 1923

Passed away: Redwood City, CA on 25 February 2015

Aged: 91 years

The Story

Elizabeth Miller died peacefully on February 25th, 2015 in Redwood City, California after a short illness. She was surrounded by her loving family at the time of her passing.

Elizabeth was born Elsbeth Rosa Bein in Nurnberg, Germany on June 13th, 1923. Her parents were Max and Erna Bein.

Elizabeth and her younger sister, Ingrid (deceased) narrowly escaped the Holocaust in May 1939, due to the compassion and generosity of England's Kindertransport program. Eighteen months later, Elizabeth and her sister emigrated to the United States and were reunited with their parents, who also miraculously survived the Holocaust.

Elizabeth eventually became a United States citizen, which always remained a great source of pride for her. She voted in every election, and she was actively involved in the political process for her entire life. She cared deeply for the welfare and freedom of all people, especially the down-trodden.

In addition to raising her family, Elizabeth worked several jobs, most notably as the librarian of the Redwood City Tribune and the Palo Alto Times for over 20 years. She also volunteered for several charitable organizations.

Elizabeth had a passion for music, art, writing, and history. Her water-color and pastel paintings received many local awards. In 1991, while living in England for six months, she researched and wrote New American Revolution as Described by British Writers, published by Heritage Books.

Elizabeth loved culture, nature, and travel. She and her husband of 58 years, Lewis D. Miller, traveled to nearly every corner of the world. Her most recent trip to Alaska took place, when she was in her nineties.

Elizabeth took great pride in both her physical and intellectual health. Until the end of her life, she exercised every day; and in order to keep her mind active, she read The Economist every week cover to cover.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Lewis, three sons, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Humane Society of Cheboygan, Michigan (or any animal protection program of your choice), or the Public Library of Indian River, Michigan (or any public library of your choice), or the Kindertransport Association (KTA).

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