Verna B MillerAugust 11, 1927 ~ May 25, 2017 (age 89)
Verna Barton Miller, 89, of Baytown, was welcomed into God’s loving arms surrounded by her family early Thursday morning, May 25, 2017. She was born in Caldwell, Texas on August 11, 1927 to Vlasta Annie Ofczarzak Barton and Frank A. Barton. Verna grew up with her two sisters on a farm where milking cows, slopping the hogs, and feeding chickens were all the norm. Later her family moved to Katy, Texas where she and her sister Dollie, worked at Dube’s Grocery & Variety Store (now Midway Food Market). It was while riding her bike past the MKT railroad station that she caught the eye of her beloved husband, Calvin Miller. They were married on January 4, 1953, in Brookshire, TX soon after he returned from the Korean Conflict, where he served in the US Army. They soon started their family and Calvin was transferred by Humble Oil to Liberty, Texas and then they settled in the booming oil town of Baytown. They lived in Baytown 58 years where they raised their family and were very active in the community. Being of strong Catholic faith, Verna and Calvin (CL) were founding members of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where she was extremely active in the Catholic Daughters of America and many church committees. Verna always had a knack for gardening and she was a founding member of the first ever Craigmont Garden Club. She also served as a Scout Leader for the Girl Scouts of America. Verna enjoyed her simple and active life.Verna loved cooking and baking, and soon became very popular for her fruitcakes and pecan pies. She loved vacationing at their place in Lake Somerville.Verna was an outgoing and caring person who made friends easily and never met a stranger. Verna loved helping others and serving Our Lord. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and was so proud of her family. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
Verna is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Calvin L Miller of 49 glorious years, her baby brother, Frank Edward Barton and her sisters, Lillian Haczynski and Dollie Kubena. Verna is survived by her children, Virginia Ann Noble (and friend Charles) of Sealy, Verna Jean Thomas of Highlands, Franklin Ray Miller (and wife, Jana) of Katy and Mary Kaye Smith (and husband, Gilbert) of Mont Belvieu. She has nine loving grandchildren who especially loved her homemade pies, cakes and puddings, Christopher Noble, Christina Noble Quintero, Randy, Robert and Carolyn Thomas, Cody and Kyle Miller and Tyler and Gregory Smith. Also survived by nine great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
A visitation for family and friends will be held at Sterling-White Funeral Home, on Tuesday afternoon, May 30, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., followed by services at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Terence Brinkman officiating. Interment will follow in Sterling-White Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Sterling-White Funeral Home, 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Rd., Highlands, Texas 77562. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.sterlingwhite.com.