Joan G. Miller, who formerly owned a Woodlawn kennel, died Saturday of a neurological disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, at the Jewish Convalescent and Nursing Home in Pikesville. She was 74.
Until she gave up her business about 25 years ago, she bred and groomed cocker spaniels, poodles, Yorkshire terriers and chihuahuas at JoJax Kennels on Dogwood Road, a business she owned and operated with her husband, Jerome "Jack" Miller, whom she married in 1947. He died in 1999.
Family members said her dogs won awards at the Westminster Kennel Club shows in New York, among other competitions.
She also kept other animals at her 8-acre home, including a chimp and boa constrictor.
Born Joan Roselma Goldstein in Philadelphia and raised in Northwest Baltimore, she was a 1946 graduate of Forest Park High School.
She left Baltimore in 1976 and became a Rockwell International executive secretary in Canoga Park, Calif. She returned to Baltimore in 1999 for medical treatment.
She was a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation.
Services were held Monday.
Mrs. Miller is survived by three brothers, Joseph Goldstein, Harry Goldstein and Edward Goldstein, all of Baltimore.