June 29, 1936 ~ January 6, 2020
Caroline Lord Miller (née Caroline Bogart Lord) of Los Angeles, California, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on January 6, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. She was 83 years old.
Caroline was born in Los Angeles, California on June 29, 1936 to William Sinclair Lord and Doris McCready Lord. She attended Seventy-fourth Street Elementary School, Horace Mann Junior High School and George Washington High School. After graduating from high school she traveled extensively throughout Europe with friends before attending San Fernando Valley State College in Northridge, California with a major in Psychiatric Nursing. While attending school she worked as a cashier at a local grocery store where she met Henry Reagan Miller, Jr. who owned a store, Miller’s Camera, in the same shopping center. They married in the summer of 1959 and set-up housekeeping in Van Nuys, California where they welcomed their first-born daughter Margaret in 1960 followed by their youngest daughter Allison in 1964. In 1968 the family moved to Woodland Hills, California.
During this time Caroline continued to attend university, switching her major to Education. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Northridge and went on to complete her Master’s Degree at University of California, Los Angeles after which she received a Lifetime Teaching Credential. She taught grade school in the Los Angeles Unified School District beginning at Kittridge Street Elementary School in Van Nuys, California and then moving to Victory Boulevard Elementary School in North Hollywood, California where she became the Resource Teacher working with children with learning difficulties to develop their reading and writing skills. She retired from teaching in 2012. During her teaching career she was also an entrepreneur and co-founded two businesses: Tours About Town, a tour business that ran private and public tours in the downtown Los Angeles Garment District and Jewelry Mart, and Great Celebrations, a party planning business where she conceived and implemented themes for events large and small and for which she personally designed all the fresh floral arrangements and centerpieces.
After divorcing her husband in 1987, Caroline moved to a beautiful home in the Calabasas Park community of Calabasas, California where she lived happily for 30 years. She was an exceptional gardener and created a lush home garden with a Spanish-style fountain and fishpond where she loved to entertain or just sit and read the newspaper with her morning coffee. She had a wide circle of friends and interests. She loved to attend the theater, see movies, picnic at the Hollywood Bowl, go to museums, tour gardens, play mahjong and poker with her friends, and so much more. She was curious, intelligent, had an incredibly sharp sense of humor and was exceedingly fond of all things whimsical and offbeat! She was an attentive listener and gave excellent advice. She was decisive, straightforward, thoughtful and kind. She enjoyed a good conversation and always wanted to know everything about people’s lives. She loved to laugh and adored a well-made cocktail, fine wine and a good dinner. She was a pistol! She relished a lively political debate and was proud to participate in the first Women’s March in January 2017; even hand-knitting the pink hats she and her friends wore!
One of Caroline’s many passions was exploring the world and she was an avid traveler. Over her lifetime she traveled all over the United States with friends and family, and in addition to her travels throughout Europe as a young woman, in her later years she visited Peru, England, China, Japan, Russia and Thailand. Her last trip was to Morocco in September 2016 where she rode a camel, slept in a tent in the Sahara Desert and watched the sunrise from the top of a sand dune, which she claimed, was a highlight of her life! As a result of her wide variety of interests and travels, she amassed an eclectic collection of art and mementos that she displayed with pride throughout her home.
Caroline was also a truly gifted artist. She practiced Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, and was a 30-year member of the Sogetsu Foundation San Fernando Valley Branch achieving the status of Third Teacher and given the name Keishi by her Sensei. She had a keen eye and her arrangements were admired. Her work was displayed at many events and she always had an arrangement in the foyer of her home. Not only did she create graceful and skillful arrangements, she also constructed and glazed many of the vessels and vases in which she placed them. Aside from her Ikebana mastery, she had myriad creative interests and developed a broad artistic palate over the years attending many classes & workshops and working with a variety of medium including clay, glazing, painting, sculpting, drawing, paper-making, book-making, origami, fabric dying, jewelry design, knitting, crochet, glass work, rug hooking, weaving, needlepoint, sewing, soap-making, basket weaving and much more.
In early 2017, Caroline was diagnosed with an advanced stage of Multiple Myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer. She was lovingly supported and cared for by family while she underwent treatment and was eventually moved into hospice care until her death. She was preceded in death by her beloved mother, her father, twin brother, John, and her half brother and sister, William (Billy) and Barbara.
Caroline is lovingly remembered by her family: daughter and son-in-law, Allison McCready and Cary Beare of Santa Monica, CA; daughter Margaret Loving of Oldsmar, Florida; granddaughter and husband Jessica & John Gradert and two great grandsons, Brentley and Braxton of Gardnerville, Nevada; sister-in-law Jeanne Lord and nephew Christopher Lord of Carson City, Nevada. She was a great friend to many and will be dearly missed by all.
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