Nancy Ann Miller, 75, of Roswell, New Mexico, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, after a long struggle with cancer. During the final weeks of her life, Nancy was continually surrounded by her loving family. She was a strong, courageous woman who unflinchingly fought cancer to the end.
Nancy was born on April 7, 1943, in Minnesota to mother, Caldonia Walker, and father, Charles McPherson. Her mother, Caldonia Walker died when Nancy was three. Her father, Charles McPherson passed away when Nancy was eleven. Her sister, Judy Brown was sixteen when she was appointed a legal guardian of Nancy and her sister Alene. Judy and her husband, Earl raised the two girls along with their kids, Marilyn and Wesley in Belen, New Mexico, where Nancy graduated from High School. After graduation, Nancy attended Cosmetology School and became a beautician. She worked as a beautician and waitress until she married Linton L Miller of Roswell. They had two children, Leevo Miller of Roswell, and Lavonne Griffin of Ruidoso.
Together, they started a furniture store in Roswell. Eventually, they opened another Roswell Home Furnishing and a kitchen and bath shop. Cooking was Nancy’s passion. She attended cooking classes in San Francisco with Julia Child. She loved sharing and teaching her cooking skills with others. Famous for her pecan pies, Nancy never cooked just one pie; she cooked thirty to share with others. Perhaps Nancy’s greatest accomplishments were cooking and helping those in need. In her business, she was an accomplished interior decorator who helped countless people over the years with their decorating projects. One of her proudest achievements was decorating the waiting area for President Bush and Vice President Cheney when they visited Roswell.
Survivors: Nancy is survived by her husband, Linton L Miller; sister, Alene and husband Jim Williams; nephew, Wesley and wife Julie Brown and their three kids: Toni Simpson and husband Joshua, Kassie Buttrey and husband Jared, Josh Brown and wife Amanda; son, Leevo Miller and wife Pat and her kids, Adam Wright and wife Monica, Cassie Wright and her daughter Lavonne Griffin and husband Gregg, and their kids Haley, Clay, and Casey Griffin.
Nancy was a loving grandmother and enjoyed her many grandchildren. She was also an honorary grandmother to Connie Baca’s grandchildren. Nancy will be missed by the many people whose lives she touched.
Services: Services will be held at Grace Community Church, 935 West Mescalero Road, Roswell, New Mexico, on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 10:00 AM. Rich Hale will be officiating the services for the family. Interment will follow the service at South Park Cemetery.
Honorary Pallbearers: Per Nancy’s request, she asked that Steve Riley, Barry Prichard, Carlton Walker, Tim Jennings, and General Douglas Murray be her Honorary Pallbearers.
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Nancy’s tribute was written in her honor by her family.