Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:
WILMINGTON, MA — Joan L. Miller (Bower), age 88, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on June 27, 2021, with her family at her side.
Joan was born in Salem, MA, on July 19, 1932. She was the cherished daughter of the late Albert and Laura (Demers) Bower. As a young girl, Joan, lived in Salem, MA and Merrimack, NH, for several years before moving to Tewksbury, MA, where she was raised and educated. Joan was a very bright young lady. She was well read and loved history. She graduated as the Valedictorian from Tewksbury High School with the Class of 1949.
Joan married the love of her life Harold “Mike” Miller on April 17, 1953. The couple lived in Woburn for a brief time before moving to Wilmington where they raised six wonderful children. They built their dream home on Marion Street where they had countless family gatherings throughout the years that included New Year’s Eve ice skating parties on the pond, Easter celebrations, cookouts, birthday parties, graduation parties and so much more.
Joan was a devoted and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked hard for her family and was very proud of all 61 of them. Joan was the motivation for this years Christmas in July celebration as she could not have her entire family together last Christmas because of Covid. She was also the reason for the annual family birthday celebrations at the Gazebo in Salem Willows. She loved the pepper steak sandwiches and salt water taffy! Joan was very much looking forward to this years celebrations. She truly enjoyed seeing her family have a great time together.
Joan loved her home, she had an open door policy and all were welcome to come inside or join her on the deck where she loved to sit in the sun and listen to the birds. Joan cherished her role as Grammie, Great-Grammie and Mimi. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the highlight in her life. Joan looked forward to her great-grandchildren coming over and serenading her with their favorite songs outside her window. Joan and Mike had many wonderful times with their family and friends before his passing in 1980. They left many great memories to be shared for generations to come.
Joan was a hard worker, for many years she was a cashier at Zayre’s and Ames before taking a position as an electro mechanical assembler for AGFA in Wilmington. Joan had a great work ethic and was well respected by her coworkers and customers alike.
In her spare time, Joan loved reading, bingo, Foxwoods and following the Boston Red Sox. Joan along with her brother Bob and Uncle Boyd were three of the greatest Red Sox Fans ever. Joan’s 80th birthday party was even Red Sox themed! Her family built a model of Fenway Park that included the Green monster and Pesky Pole. They played ball in the “Little” Fenway and there were peanuts and cracker jacks for all!
Joan will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady. She was kind and generous to everyone and she loved her family with all her heart. Joan will forever be loved and missed by all.
Joan was the beloved wife of the late Harold “Mike” Miller, devoted mother of Charles “Chuck” Miller & his wife Susanna of Brecksville, OH, Joanne Merrill & her late husband Ernie of Wilmington, Laura “Lou” Noftle & her late husband Eddie of Wilmington, Robert “Bob” Miller & his wife Danette of Townsend, Michael Miller of Wilmington, Harold “Buddy” Miller, Jr. & his wife Debra of Woburn. Loving Grammie of Emily & Shane Savastano, Charles Daniel “Dan” & Katerina Miller, Johnathan Miller & Emily Schmitt, E.J. & Angela Merrill, Christopher & Sharon Merrill, Melissa & Christopher Glidden, the late Jeffry Heroux, Nicholas & Nikki Noftle, Shaun Miller & Kim Bozza, Deanna Miller & Michael Tavenner, Mitchell Miller & Marissa LeSage, Kara & Chris Messick, Michael & Gina Miller, Matt Miller, Miles & Sarah Miller, Zachery Miller, Sidney Miller, Anjolia Miller, Elyza Miller. Adoring Great-Grammie and Mimi of Adam, Avery, Alex, Cameron, Alexis, Madelyn, Lucas, Natalie, Joey, Haley, Kyle, Abby, Cali, Hayden, Evelyn, Mikey T., Emmett and Mikey S. Dear sister of Robert Bower & his wife Andrea of Wilmington, DE, the late Edward Bower and the late Albert “Skip” Bower, Jr. Joan was also the special aunt of Beverly Hoffmeister of Liberty Lake, WA. as well as her many nieces, nephews and their families.
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Monday, July 5th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A Service to celebrate Joan’s life will take place at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 6th at 10:30 a.m. followed by interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joan’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.