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Frances E. ‘Fran’ Miller, homemaker, dies

Frances E. “Fran” Miller mastered multiple styles of dancing.
Frances E. “Fran” Miller mastered multiple styles of dancing.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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