And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying. Neither shall there be any more pain. For the former things are passed away. Revelation: 21:4
REBECCA “SISTER” JUANITA JAMES MILLER passed away peacefully on September 6, 2020, at the age of 95. She was born in Cox, Georgia to the late Louise and Friday James on September 4, 1925. Rebecca graduated from Blackshear High School, she then attended and graduated from Grady School of Nursing. She met and married William Miller and that union produced one child, Deborah Lynn Miller on August 20, 1952.
Rebecca worked as a registered nurse and had an extensive nursing career: Naval Hospital, Queens General Hospital Center, private duty nursing and The Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She taught nursing at Peninsula General and Hunter College. Although, she was already a registered nurse, she understood the importance of obtaining a higher education and attended Jersey City State at nights and received two bachelor’s and a master’s degree.
In 1990, Rebecca welcomed Ijumaa Jamel Miller into their family, and he remained the light of her life, she was indeed a doting grandmother. Shakema Arlene and Shakeya Diane joined this loving family in 1998. Rebecca adored her niece, Christine Carroll and her Godson, Sheldon Walton. Rebecca was a Member of Trinity Church of Locust Manor and later The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York. She served on the Missionary Ministry and the Lay Organization. She was an active participant in her sorority, Chi Eta Phi. She was also on The Board of Directors at Queens Hospital Center. She traveled extensively to South Africa, Greece, Alaska, Venezuela, Colombia, and Trinidad. In her later years, Bailey was her closest companion.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Louise, and Friday James; brothers, Jacob “Brother” James (twin brother), Nathaniel James; sisters, Lorraine Lewis, Lenora James, and Jessie Mae Payne; and nephew. Joseph Bacon.
She is survived by her daughter, Deborah L. Miller; grandson, Ijumaa J. Miller; granddaughters, Shakema A. Miller and Shakeya D. Miller; sister Louise Fraction; niece, Christine Carroll; nephews, Kerry Bacon and Leland Miller, Godson, Sheldon Walton; canine companion, Bailey and numerous great nieces, nephews and cousins.
Due to the current state of (COVID-19) pandemic and in order to promote social distancing, as ordered by the Governor for the State of Georgia, anyone entering the funeral home for viewing; as well as attending all services must wear a mask. We will also limit the number of persons allowed to entered the funeral home at any given period during the viewing process. We ask that you leave the premise upon exiting the building. The family is most appreciative to each of you for your prayers and considerations during this difficult time in their lives.
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