Frances E. “Fran” Miller, a homemaker who enjoyed dancing, died Thursday at Gilchrist Center Towson of heart failure. The Cockeysville resident was 85.
The former Frances Elizabeth Shuff, daughter of Harry Shuff, a career soldier, and his wife, Nellie Shoemaker Shuff, a homemaker, was born in Dawsonville, Montgomery County, and was raised in Lucketts, Virginia.
She attended Lucketts High School and when she was 16 moved to Baltimore. In 1953 she married Laurence E. “Larry” Miller, a civil and mechanical engineer.
Before starting a family, Mrs. Miller worked for Monumental Printing Co. and in eldercare, family members said.
An inveterate dancer, Mrs. Miller liked jitterbugging in the 1950s, square dancing in the 1970s and 1980s, and finally ballroom dancing in the next millennium. She was a member of the Mason-Dixon Square Dancers Federation.
The longtime resident of Falls Road liked to celebrate the holidays by decorating her home, baking, and entertaining family and friends.
She was a world traveler, a collector of angels, a fashionable dresser who liked linens and jewelry. She enjoyed watching the birds and tending to her bird feeders.
Mrs. Miller also liked playing tennis and was a member of the Carnival Cruise Lines’ Diamond Club.
A very sociable person, she was a member of many social groups throughout her life and enjoyed keeping in touch with her Virginia relatives, family members said.
Plans for a celebration-of-life gathering are incomplete.
In addition to her husband of 68 years, she is survived by her son, Laurence E. Miller III of Danvers, Massachusetts, and a daughter, Laurie Wesleigh Rijodelarosa of Timonium.