Navada
Navada’s Journey 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 parents’ 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 “Getting old is not for sissies.” 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.

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  1. Murrel, Mike, Ken, and all the rest of the west coast branch of the family, please know that you are in our thoughts, as is Navada. I offered to bring Helen Marie, but her health is such that she didn’t think she could make the trip. We will miss Navada very much, but look forward to seeing her again someday soon.

  2. Mr. Miller, Mike, Cathy, Curtis and Molly: We share your sorrow for your loss of Navada in your daily lives. We also share your thankfulness that she is with her Lord and is in glory. We pray that you will know the Lord’s peace and love as you walk through this valley. He is walking beside you. Navada was a very special lady; she took us into her heart and her life; we were recipients of her kindness and love these many years. We love you all.

  3. Dear Ones, My heart and prayers are with you through this difficult time. I will always remember your mom as one smart, articulate, fiesty lady who clearly loved her Lord, her family, and the church she helped build as a charter member. It was an honor and a privelege to spend some time with her those last days, and to see that neither illness nor technology of the ventilator could diminish that wonderful smile and sense of humor. She will be missed but you are an extension of her legacy, so she’s not really far away. God bless you all. Love and prayers, Pam

  4. Dear Murrell, Mike & Kathy & family, Ken & Dina, Our prayers are with you. In the days ahead may the Lord dry your tears and wrap you in His loving kindness. Aunt Navada was such fun on the trip to her and Bertha’s class reunion. We treasure our memories of her. May you have His peace that passes understanding. Love, Theron & Kathleen

  5. I sure will miss talking to Navada. In the pass years prior to my illness of cancer. I would go over and clean house for Navada and Murrel on a timely bases. The conversations were interesting, would talk about families and stuff we loved to do. Navada was so kind and caring I will miss her in my heart but I know one day I will see Navada in the gates of heaven. I pray for Murrel and his family for the great loss of a most loving,wife, mother, grandmother,friend and a lady that I have come to know. God Bless you all Love in Christ Jesus, Barbara Shope

  6. Dear Murrel, Mike, Kathy, Curtis and Molly: Your family is so very special to us. You and Navada have touched our hearts greatly since we became part of the So. Bay Church of God family. One fond memory of Navada was when she and I were helping with VBS. We sat together on the stage cutting off the tops and bottoms of more cereal boxes than we could count. Even though our thumbs started to swell from the cutting, we were determined to finish the pile of boxes. Navada was a good sport and we endured our task by trading stories and chuckling. Her laughter and pretty smile still comes easily to mind. Thank you all for being a precious part of our world. May God richly bless you with his presence during this time of sadness. With love, Steve, Rdythe, Jarrett and Andrew

  7. I have so many wonderful childhood memories of Navada. I was four years older but we still had lots of fun together. One of my favorite memories was hiding Easter eggs each year. We wore those eggs out! When we finished with them, they were all cracked and dirty. We didn’t have plastic Easter eggs in those days.

  8. I know your memories of Navada during times of happiness and health will help sustain the love you will always have for her.

  9. My Dear Family, Bobette and I treasure the memories we have of our wonderful Christian friend and family member. Thou we are saddened by the families lost, we glory in the fact that all will be re-united one day. We know our Lord is true to His word and will comfort the hearts who dearly miss our sister and friend. For that reason, we will continue to pray until that day we all make that glorious transition. God bless and may His peace rest upon the Miller family. Lloyd and Bobette

  10. Dear Miller Family: Pleae know that we are praying for your comfort and peace during this time. May God continue to lift your heads and hearts. Be assured that Navada is in a better place. Thank God that He reminds us in His word, “For to live is Chirst and to die is Gain!” Death has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal. To God be the glory for all the things He has done. We love you guys very much and pray God’s richest and warmest blessings upon each of you. Love, Bobette Jamison-Harrison, Willow Street Church of God.

  11. I remember Navada as being very sweet helpful. When I moved to the department she was working in at TRW, I didn’t know anything or anyone. I don’t think I really did well in that department; however, I remember how very sweet Navada was to me. When I showed up on my first day, hers was the first face I saw. I remember thinking that she looked a bit stern, and so I was a little afraid of how she would be. But she smiled, and I knew she would be an angel. She helped me in the transition to this new department, complete with a difficult boss. Along the way I made a friend. She knew I was a Christian and we would sometimes talk of faith. I appreciated that, because I really felt alone in the department. Also along the way I met one of her sons, Ken. He and I also developed a friendship. We lost touch along the way. I had been laid off, and they continued their lives. Thankfully, my friendship with Ken was strong enough for him to make sure I knew how Navada was doing, even up to her passing. I greatly appreciate it. So to the Miller family I say, continue on in God’s love. Continue to love each other, and know how greatly your wife and mother was loved by all. And please do include me in that great number! Alfonso

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