Died: Sunday, June 04, 2006
Emily C. Miller, also known as Connie Miller, died last Sunday. A resident of the South Fork for almost 60 years, Mrs. Miller was born in London, England in 1916.
Arriving here in 1946 as a war bride, Mrs. Miller and her late husband bought their first house in Noyac. From there, she moved first to Roses Grove and finally to Water Mill via a short stay in Melbourne, Australia.
Mrs. Miller was an active real estate agent in the Hamptons for over four decades. Her career began with Louis H. Sasse in Sag Harbor and then, in 1959, Mrs. Miller joined Carolyn B. Rose in Water Mill, where she first became a broker, then a partner and finally the broker in charge of Carolyn Rose Real Estate, Inc., a business she ran in Water Mill until her retirement in the late 1990s. Much of the real estate in the South Fork passed through her office, some of it repeatedly, and several of its sales associates went on to fame and fortune.
Mrs. Miller was also a parent and active in various community organizations and events, including the Guild Hall amateur productions and the annual rummage sale at Southampton Junior High School. She had a keen lifetime interest in education and the opportunities it brought. This began in the late 1950ís, with her assistance to George and Penny Hayes, founders of the Linden Hill School in Northfield, Mass. Mrs. Miller worked with the development and raising of their funding at the inception of that institution.
Mrs. Miller was an originator and key motivator in the founding of the Hampton Day School. Among other work, she developed the ďArtists at HomeĒ tour that launched the schoolís fund-raising. The school was located above her business in Water Mill until obtaining its first building on Ocean Road; it was through Mrs. Millerís efforts that the Day School acquired its permanent home on Butter Lane. She remained involved with the school until 1968.
The family would like to thank Drs. Kot, Gredysa, Pizzarello, and Patel and the staff and employees of their several practices, the Southampton Hospital and, above all, the Dominican Sisters, for their great kindness and many courtesies to Mrs. Miller in her latter years.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her two sons, Robert MacFarlane Miller, an attorney in Warrenton, Virginia and William Conn Miller, whose law practice is in Riverhead. Mrs. Millerís former husband, William J. Miller, died in 1997.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dominican Sisters or Hospice would be appreciated. There are no plans for a memorial service at this time and the cremation was private.