Anna L. Miller, 108 of Washington, widow of Guy S. Miller died Friday-April 22, 2016 at the Washington County Health Center. She was born February 26, 1908 outside of Krakow, Poland the daughter of the late Josef & Rose Porebski Mrukot. Mrs. Miller said that her birth date however was unconfirmed. When coming by ship over the Atlantic to America, the price of the ticket varied by age. She explained that her mother may have said she was a year younger to get a cheaper ship ticket. Her official birth certificate was actually burned by Hitler, and her family used the Ellis Island records to confirm the year of her birth date. She said her father sailed to America, leaving her with the rest of the family in Europe until he could ensure a place to live. When he finally sent for them, her mother had some debate about bringing her along, but decided to do so. Together, they sailed over on the SS Kaiser Wilhelm II to live in the coal mining town of Arden Mines.
Mrs. Miller was one of five, with three sisters and one brother. She said they never ate junk food and mostly lived on potatoes and cabbage. Their family had a cow for milk and cheese products. They heated their house with coal, and she said she used to go out to the railroad tracks and pick up pieces of coal to fuel their stove.
After she arrived Anna said “I learned English by playing with the neighbor kids”. “We didn’t understand each other, we just liked playing together,” she said of a girl in her neighborhood.
Mrs. Miller was amazed by technology. “It’s amazing what they come up with.” As for her favorite invention, she said electricity was the best.
She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. She enjoyed gardening and cooking.
On October 23, 1930 she married Guy Samuel Miller who died September 12, 2000. Surviving are two sons; Samuel “Sam” G. Miller of Eighty Four & Joseph Creighton Miller of Hendersonville, Tennessee, a sister; Josephine Tomsic of Strabane, seven grandchildren; Kenneth G. Miller of Erie, Douglas S. (Martha) Miller of Mooresville, North Carolina, Susan R. (Scott) Sciarra of Collegeville, Joel R. (Shonda) Miller of Sumter, South Carolina, Heather M. (Scotty) Renfroe of Thomasville, Georgia, Ashley M. Miller of Atlanta, Georgia, Kristin L. (Chad) Fowlkes of White House, Tennessee, along with ten great grandchildren.
Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by a brother; Frank Mrukot and two sisters; Mary Blose & Caroline Smith.
Friends will be received on Tuesday-April 26, 2016 from 6:00p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Inc. Wilson at E. Katherine Ave., Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. Additional visitation will be held on Wednesday-April 27, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon the hour of a funeral service in the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Arthritis Foundation. Online condolencesmay be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com