Betty   Miller

Obituary of Betty Louise Miller

Betty Louise Miller, 95, passed peacefully away in her sleep on February 16, 2022. Betty was born May 3, 1926, in Morgantown, WV to Mary and Claude E. Miller. Following graduation from Morgantown High School in 1943, she enrolled in the chemical engineering program at West Virginia University. After being the only woman who graduated with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering in 1947, she accepted a position in the laboratories of Celanese Corporation of America in Cumberland, Maryland. One year later she transferred to Rock Hill, South Carolina, where the company was opening a new plant. During the eight years with Celanese, she was promoted to supervisor of the chemical testing laboratory and finally to general supervisor of all laboratories. In 1956 Miller returned to West Virginia University to earn a master's degree in mathematics. After one year as a graduate teaching assistant, she was appointed as an instructor in the department of mathematics. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1970, and to associate professor in 1976. In 1992 she retired as associate professor emeritus. She has been recognized as an outstanding teacher by the WVU Foundation, Inc., the College of Arts and Sciences, Gamma Sigma Delta, and the Golden Key National Honor Society. She was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society, and Mountain Honor Society of WVU. In 1989, she was honored as the outstanding alumna by the WVU Alumni Association. In addition to having been an outstanding teacher, Miller also served WVU in many other capacities. She was a life member and served as chapter advisor to the Alpha Upsilon chapter of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority for more than 30 years and received numerous chapter, regional and national awards for her service and dedication to the sorority. She was the faculty advisor to Chimes Honorary for more than 15 years. She served as secretary and then later chair of the WVU Faculty Senate. She also served as chair of the WVU Athletic Council. In 1985 she was a member of the WVU Presidential Search Committee. In 1994 she received the University's highest recognition for service to WVU when she was elected to the WVU Order of Vandalia as well as being inducted into the Academy of Chemical Engineers. She also received the Mary Catherine Buswell award. Following retirement from the Math Dept. of WVU in 1992, she remained in Morgantown still serving WVU in many capacities including the Office of the President. Betty was a very active member of the Spruce Street Methodist Church of Morgantown, WV where she attended services for over 70 years and acted in a variety of roles including church treasurer. Local neighbors will remember Betty working tirelessly on her home’s garden and landscaping, providing beauty and delicious vegetables for her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary, and Claude E. Miller; sister Harriet Jeanette Whitaker; brother Donald Ray Miller; brother James L. Miller, and niece Patty Sue Whitaker Wilkins. She is survived by nieces and nephews: Valerie Miller Quigly Bates of Birmingham, AL, Jan Whitaker of TX, Donald R. Miller & wife, Winonna of Morgantown, Hal Whitaker and wife, Janna of Waco, TX, Debra Miller Eakins Friedman & husband, Joel of Broad Run, VA, Stacy J. Miller & wife, Tonia of Washington, PA; great nieces and nephews: Julie Quigly & Valerie Vining of Birmingham, AL, Shanna Quigly Weber & Matt Weber of Birmingham, AL, Erin Quigly Collins & Brett Collins of Pendleton, IN, Kelly Sue Brooks of Woodway, TX, Vanessa Moyer & Shawn Moyer of Kingwood, WV, Amanda Nichols & Tim Nichols of Bonita Springs, FL, Adam Whitaker of Waco, TX, Lauren Seiler & Nick Seiler of Morgantown, WV, James M. Eakins of Boston, MA, Katharine J. Eakins of Evansville, IN, Brandon D. Miller of Washington, PA; and over 14 great-great nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown, from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, February 24th. Visitation will continue at the Funeral Home Friday February 25th from 11 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Service at 12 p.m. with Reverend Bart Thompson of Spruce Street United Methodist Church officiating followed by burial at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to two scholarships created in her honor: The Betty Miller Scholarship which is awarded to outstanding WVU Mathematics students. The WVU Foundation manages the scholarship. Donations may be sent to the WVU Foundation at 1 Waterfront Place, 7th Floor, Morgantown, WV 26501. The Betty L. Miller, Alpha Upsilon, Scholarship which is awarded to a sister studying math, math education or chemical engineering. The Alpha Delta Pi Foundation manages the scholarship. Donations may be sent to the Foundation at 1386 Ponce de Leon Ave NE/Atlanta, GA 30306 Send condolences online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com
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Thursday
24
February

Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Hastings Funeral Home
153 Spruce Street
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
304-292-8664
Friday
25
February

Visitation

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, February 25, 2022
Hastings Funeral Home
153 Spruce Street
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
304-292-8664
Friday
25
February

Funeral Service

12:00 pm
Friday, February 25, 2022
Hastings Funeral Home
153 Spruce Street
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
304-292-8664

Interment

Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens
1290 Fairmont Rd.
Westover, West Virginia, United States
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