October 9, 1911 ~ February 29, 2008
Mabel Miles was born Mabel Elizabeth Harrison on October ninth, 1911, in Glendale, California, to William Fairlamb Harrison, and Grace Stocking Vandervoort. She grew up in Glendale, an active youth and member in the Glendale Presbyterian Church, and graduated from Glendale City College, and Occidental College in Eagle Rock. She earned her teacher's certificate at the University of California, Berkeley, where she met her future husband, William Pitt Miles. They married after he graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1939. Together, they served Presbyterian congregations in Northern and Central California towns including Felton/Ben Lomond, Gustine, Sanger, Lemon Cove, and Fresno. During this time their three children were born to them: William Arthur in 1941, Barbara Louise in 1944, and Richard Alan in 1950.
After her husband's death in 1960, Mabel returned to her original profession, teaching Spanish and math at Centerville Union School, near Fresno. She retired in 1974 at the age of 62.
In the Church, she served in her own right as an Elder and Clerk of Session in her local congregation of Easterby-Knox Presbyterian Church in Fresno, and as the Recording Clerk of the Presbytery of the San Joaquin. She also held major leadership positions in Presbyterial and Synodical, and was a commissioner to The General Assembly. In 1983 she moved into Monte Vista Grove, a retirement village for Presbyterian ministers, missionaries, and their spouses, in Pasadena, California.
Mabel was a dearly beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and faithful friend to all who have known her. She entered the gates of larger life on February 29th at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena after a short illness. She was surrounded by her family throughout her time there. She is survived by her daughter Barbara, her son Richard, and her three grandchildren Meghen, Christopher, and Caitlin. Her eldest son, Maj. William Miles predeceased her by four years.
Memorial services will be held Saturday March 8th at 10:00 a.m. at Monte Vista Grove in Pasadena.