Elizabeth Hanna Miller, known by her friends as “Libby” and by her family as “Grandmother” celebrated a joyful reunion with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 5:50 PM, Tuesday, September 19th. She was surrounded by her family at home, just as she had always wanted. It was a moment she had anticipated with grea…read more
Elizabeth Hanna Miller, known by her friends as “Libby” and by her family as “Grandmother” celebrated a joyful reunion with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 5:50 PM, Tuesday, September 19th. She was surrounded by her family at home, just as she had always wanted. It was a moment she had anticipated with great joy as she bravely faced several months of declining health. Her life was one of significance that was richly blessed.
Born on February 23, 1937, Libby enjoyed a wonderful childhood in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She and her sisters (Edith and Kacky) rode horses in the streets of Spartanburg from the barn in their backyard. They had a very close knit family, her mother “Gigi” and father “Joe” Hanna were devoted parents who provided an idyllic childhood. They particularly enjoyed their summers spent in Tuxedo, North Carolina at the summer camp that their mother ran. A girls camp that had been founded by their Grandfather (Joseph Sevier): Camp Greystone.
Libby loved camp… so much so that after graduating from the University of Kentucky, she left her newlywed husband (Jim) to spend her summers working at camp. In 1967 Libby and Jim decided to make camp directing their life’s work, moving to Tuxedo with their three children (Katie, Jimboy, and Stuart) and assuming the day to day operations. Libby was a wonderful director, caring about each and every detail, but she is particularly remembered for one decision made early in her camp career. In 1972, Libby made a bold and courageous stand for Greystone to be a Christ centered camp. The Lord has blessed this decision over the years and Greystone continues to provide an excellent camping experience for thousands of girls every summer.. Libby was proud to say that she spent every summer of her life at camp. Her love and leadership at Greystone will be missed.
Libby loved her family… her dear “Jimdaddy” was unexpectedly taken to his heavenly reward in 2010 and Libby missed him terribly. She was comforted by the presence of her children (Katie Grant, Jim Miller, and Stuart Miller) and their spouses (Greg, Margaret, and Beth), all of which live close by. Her lifelong goal had been for all three children to live in Henderson County and work at camp; it gave her great joy to have her “chicks” close by and to spend time with her children and their spouses. She enjoyed many years of holding babies by the fireplace, having tea parties on her porch, watching children run in her yard, and seeing her grand-daughters ride horses at camp. Family brought delight to her heart and provided wonderful memories for us all.
And Libby loved her church… a founding member of Reformation Presbyterian Church, Libby anticipated Sunday worship services with a passion. Her love of decorating and keen eye for pleasing design have blessed the church deeply (she was a dominant voice in the renovation of the lovely old church on 7th Avenue). Nothing filled her heart with more joy than the promises of Scripture boldly proclaimed in good sermons and sung in good hymns. She taught generations of Greystone Girls the 23rd Psalm and encouraged thousands in the blessings of memorizing Bible verses. Her faith was a light held high for all to see.
Survivors include her daughter, Katie Miller Grant and her husband, Greg, of Tuxedo; two sons, James F. Miller, IV and his wife, Margaret, of Tuxedo, Stuart S. Miller and his wife, Beth, of Flat Rock; grandchildren, J.F. Miller, V, Catherine M. Elbaum and her husband Peter, Caroline Miller, John Miller, Virginia Miller, Whittaker Warrington, Hanna Kate Warrington, Elizabeth W. Vandenbark and her husband Devan, Tracie McCartney and her husband Matt, Matthew Grant, Charlie Erdman, Mary Ensminger and her husband Doug, Fred Erdman, and Francis Erdman, and; Great-grandchildren Clover McCartney, Johnny Ensminger, and Tommy Ensminger.
She will be deeply missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Reformation Presbyterian Church, 120 7th Ave. W, Hendersonville with Pastor Matt Lucus officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family would encourage gifts to: Reformation Presbyterian Church, 4 Seasons Hospice, or The Great Day Fund through the Henderson County Foundation.
Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.hide