Salem, NH — Chickie, a resident of Warde Health Center in Windham, N.H., since November 2003, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the facility after a long illness.
Chickie was born in Boston, raised in Brookline, and was formerly of Weymouth, Mass. She married George L. Miller on Valentine’s Day in 1948, and after having two children, returned to the workforce at Boston Hospital for Women, and later managed telecommunications for MASCO, Medical Area Service Corp., and DuPont/NEN.
Chickie and George became quite involved in clowning and shared that passion and enjoyment with many around New England through shows and events, and through various fraternities and social organizations. Known for her compassion, Chickie developed a “Christmas in July” program to remember those children who had been institutionalized in state facilities. Chickie was an avid member of the Clowns of America Alley 54 in Salem, Mass., and the International Association of Clowns. Chickie was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Derry-Salem Elks lodge both in Salem, N.H.
Chickie is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, George L. Miller, who resides in Salem, N.H.; her daughter, Christine Morse and her husband, Peter Morse of Weymouth, Mass.; her son Gary and his wife, Wayne, of Salem, N.H.; her grandchildren, Caitlin Jones and her partner, Matt Warner of Abington, Mass., Michael Miller and Cassandra Miller, both of Salem, N.H.; and her great-granddaughter, Keira Warner of Abington, Mass.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be held at the Sisters of Mercy Chapel at Warde Health Center, 21 Searles Rd., Windham, N.H., on Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, from 9 to 10 a.m. Funeral services will follow at the chapel on Wednesday, at 10 a.m., followed by a mercy meal. Burial will be at the New Hampshire State Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Boscawen, N.H., after a graveside service at 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made in Chickie’s name to Warde Health Center Employee Appreciation Fund, 21 Searles Rd, Windham, NH.
Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St, Salem, N.H., has care of the arrangements. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.