Belva Kathleen Miller (currently of Orlando, FL) passed away peacefully at the Cornerstone Hospice Home in Ocoee, FL in the early hours of December 22nd. Over the past several days and weeks Belva was able to visit with her children, grandchildren, and her niece and nephew. Belva grew up in Curtis, a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Belva lived in the Curtis and Newberry Michigan area for 34 years before moving to Webberville in Southern Michigan. In 2005 Belva followed her son Bill’s family to the Northern Minnesota town of Roseau where she lived for 13 years before moving to Orlando Florida in 2018. You don’t have to shovel sunshine!
Belva was preceded in Death by her parents, sister and brothers (Sherwood, Clara, Irene Ruth, Bill and Gary Moore respectively). Belva is survived by her two sons George and Bill (Ann Marie) Miller and their children and grandchildren; Isaac and Joshua Miller, Amy (Matt Petersen), Steven Miller, Mark Miller, Nicole Miller, great grandchildren Rose, William, and Richard Petersen. The number of adopted grandchildren that Belva got to know through her loving relationships is countless.
Belva retired from the State of Michigan after 35+ years of service. Through her years she worked at the State Hospital in Newberry, MI, the State Hospital in Howell, MI, the State Prison in Jackson, MI and the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing, MI. Belva was always making new friends along the way.
Belva enjoyed occasional fishing and hunting with her sons and grandchildren. Frequent visits from her grandchildren and their friends always made her day. With a little advanced notice there was always a pan of macaroni and cheese ready for lunch or after school before sports. At any time, Belva could come wheeling around the corner on her lawn tractor to mow a neighbor’s yard or maybe just deliver a fresh loaf of homemade bread or a project she had just finished hot off the sewing machine. If you were a local business owner in Roseau, she could show up any time with a special request for something she was looking for and she wasn’t afraid to ask to have it delivered to her house.
Although Belva enjoyed the time in Northern Minnesota, she missed her friends in the Webberville and East Lansing area. She often talked of the trips to shop or just to stop at her favorite restaurants in Okemos and East Lansing.
Belva’s bird “Joey” is finishing his years at the Central Florida Parrot Sanctuary. In place of flowers, the family asks for donations in Belva’s name to the Central Florida Parrot Sanctuary:
A family and friends grave side service will be held in the summer in Curtis, MI