December 22, 1928 ~ November 9, 2006
Navada Mae King Miller was born in Reydon, Oklahoma, on December 22, 1928, to Abner and Laura King. She was the youngest of 7 girls. Even though she grew up on a farm during the difficult times of the Depression and the Dustbowl, her childhood was a happy time. She spoke happily about playing with her sisters, the farm animals she became attached to, and the family values of those times.
Navada attended Reydon public schools except for her junior year of high school in which she attended Hamilton High School in Los Angeles while living with her sisters, Bessie and Bertha Honeycutt. She graduated from Reydon High School second in her class in 1946.
She began dating her eventual husband Murrel shortly after he returned home from the war in March of 1946. They were married on August 4, 1946, in a ceremony at her parentsâ€™ home. They lived briefly in the state of Washington before finally settling in Southern California in March of 1947.
They raised 2 children: Mike born in 1951 and Ken born in 1955. Navada was a stay-at-home mom until the late 1960s devoting her time to raising a family, gardening, music and church. It seemed there were always many pots in the back yard containing cuttings of some plants she was trying to nurture. She sang in the church choir for 44 years and the TRW choir for many years. There was always a piano in her home and she saw to it that her boys received music lessons. Her many jobs at church over the years were Sunday school teacher, piano player and treasurer.
In 1968 she started her career as a secretary, working 2 years at Toyota and 22 years at TRW. She thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie and the musical groups she participated in at TRW.
She and Murrel took some well-deserved trips in retirement, touring much of the United States and Europe.
Her first grandchild, Curtis Miller, was born in 1986 followed by her granddaughter, Molly Miller, born in 1988. She enjoyed watching Curtis perform in numerous plays and watching Molly compete in soccer and volleyball.
As her health deteriorated in the last 10 years she would often quote her mother as saying â€œGetting old is not for sissies.â€ She remained cheerful even in her last days when she faced the inevitable end of life.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Murrel, her children Mike and Ken, daughters-in-law Kathy and Dina, grandchildren Curtis and Molly and twin sisters Bertha and Bessie Honeycutt.
Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle