Leanora J. Miller, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2023, in Newport News, VA. She was born on February 19, 1932, to Mary and George Day.
Leanora led a fulfilling life, touching the hearts of many through her various roles and interests. She began her career as a Hostess at Ft. Eustis Officer Club, where her warm welcoming nature shone through. Leanora’s passion for cooking led her to start her own catering business, which brought joy and delicious meals to countless people.
Outside of work, Leanora found solace in her garden, tending to vibrant flowers and lush greenery. She also enjoyed spending time indoors, solving puzzles and crosswords that challenged her mind. Leanora’s compassionate spirit extended beyond her own family, as she served as a Foster Parent for the city of Newport News, providing love and support to children in need.
Leanora was a devoted member of Rising Sun Baptist Church, where she found peace and strength in her faith. She was baptized in the York River, a significant moment in her spiritual journey. In her younger years, Leanora’s dedication to education shone brightly as she achieved the honor of Valedictorian from Morrison High School’s class of 1948.
Leanora was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Day; father, George Day; sisters, Eva Etter, Queen Carr, and Georgia Faye Day; brother, Robert Day; daughter, Phyllis Jamerson; and son, Bobbie Jo Miller.
She is survived by her loving son, Don Miller (Michelle), and daughter, Shirley Miller. Leanora cherished her role as a grandmother, and her grandchildren, Garlita Kennedy (Aaron), Don Miller II (Daphne), Peyton Jamerson, Justin Miller (Keyla), and Brittany Anderson, held a special place in her heart. Her great-grandchildren, Maceo Miller, Alessandro Miller, Kahari Jordan, Nazir Jordan, and Amari Graham, brought her immense joy and happiness. As well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Leanora J. Miller’s presence will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. Her legacy of love, kindness, and resilience will continue to inspire and guide us in our own lives.