Ruth Miller, secretary

Ruth Miller, a longtime Israel Bonds secretary, died Sunday of a stroke at Emeritus at Pikesville assisted-living facility. She was 92.

The daughter of Russian-Polish immigrants, Ruth Scurnick was born in Baltimore and raised on Riggs Avenue.

After graduating from Western High School in 1937, she attended secretarial school and worked as a legal secretary before World War II.

She was married in 1952 to Sidney Miller, owner of an Eden Street tavern, who died in 1989.

Mrs. Miller worked as a legal secretary for several Baltimore law firms before joining Israel Bonds as a secretary in 1966.

She was recognized for her work by Mayors Kurt L. Schmoke and Martin O'Malley, and by then-Rep. Ben Cardin, family members said.

Mrs. Miller, a former longtime Smith Avenue resident who moved to the assisted-living facility in 2006, was active in the Jewish community.

She was a member of Beth El Congregation, where she was also an active member of Beth El Seniors. She had been president of Hebrew Noble Ladies and the Crystal Guild, and was a member of Miriam Lodge.

She volunteered with Hadassah and earlier had been a member of Liberty Jewish Center.

"When she was 80, she was bat-mitzvahed by Rabbi Jacob Max," said a son, Larry Miller of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Mrs. Miller enjoyed playing poker and spending time with her family.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

Also surviving is another son, Michael Miller of Randallstown; a daughter, Mindelle Kaminkow of Pikesville; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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