November 16, 1929 - March 16, 2021
Barbara (Brace) Miller, 91, of Farmington and formerly of East Hartford, passed away peacefully at home on March 16, 2021. Barbara was born in Scranton, PA to the late Harold and Marion (Henshall) Brace and raised on her family’s fruit farm. She attended Bloomsburg State Teachers College and began her teaching career in Wyoming, Pa. Barbara married Eugene “Barney” Miller in 1952, moved to Connecticut, and taught in West Hartford at Elmwood School. She temporarily stepped away from the classroom when her two daughters were born. When Barbara’s daughters were in school full time, she resumed her teaching career in East Hartford and taught for many years at Pitkin and Goodwin Schools. Barbara and Barney enjoyed their trips throughout New England, especially Maine. After Barney’s passing in 1997, friends encouraged Barbara to join them for cards, bingo, and trips at the East Hartford Senior Center. Through the Center she made many lasting friendships. She also attended and had great friends at various bingo games in East Hartford and Manchester. She was a UCONN basketball and Red Sox fan. Barbara is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Lois and David Nygren of New Hartford and Louise and Charles Atwater of Simsbury. She loved being with her family, especially her four granddaughters and two great-granddaughters, Heather Atwater of Kittery, ME, Linnea Fitzgerald and her husband, James Fitzgerald, and their children Reagan and Madison of Uncasville, Amanda Nygren of New Hartford, and Katie Atwater and her fiancé, Christopher Barcelos, of Bloomfield. Barbara is also survived by her brother and his wife, Lawrence and Nancy Brace of Orange, PA, along with nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Anthology of Farmington and Hartford Healthcare at Home Hospice Care for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the East Hartford Senior Center, 740 Main Street, East Hartford, CT 06108. The funeral service will be held privately.
Barbara (Brace) Miller, 91, of Farmington and formerly of East Hartford, passed away peacefully at home on March 16, 2021. Barbara was born in Scranton, PA to the late Harold and Marion (Henshall) Brace and raised on her family’s fruit... View Obituary & Service Information
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