|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1934|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 3, 2012|
Virginia Senator Yvonne Miller (D-Norfolk), an African American trailblazer in the Virginia General Assembly, passed away at 3pm on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in her Norfolk home, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Senator Miller was born in Edenton, NC on July 4, 1934, to the late John Thomas Sr. and Pency C. Bond. She was raised in Norfolk, the oldest of thirteen children. She was predeceased by three brothers, John T. Jr., William M. and Phillip N. Bond, and one sister, Carolyn B. Coleman.
In 1956, Senator Miller received a B.S. degree from the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College. She later earned an M.A. degree in the summer Teacher's College program at Columbia University and a Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh.
A career educator, Senator Miller began her teaching at Young's Park Elementary School. She then taught as a professor of early childhood education at Norfolk State University and later retired as Professor Emeritus in 2000.
Senator Miller was a member of Faith Temple COGIC and was an Evangelist/Missionary.
Senator Miller has been a State Senator since 1988, and worked as a State Representative from 1984 to 1987. She most recently represented the 5th district, made up of parts of the cities of Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.
Senator Miller was the first African American woman to serve in the Virginia House of Delegates, elected in 1984, and the first African American woman to serve in the Virginia Senate, elected in 1988, becoming the first woman to chair a Senate committee. Finally, she is the longest serving woman in the Virginia Senate, where she has served since 1988, ranked third in overall seniority, and was the first woman to ever chair a Senate Committee.
As a political leader, Senator Miller has been at the forefront of the fight to make Virginia a better place for children and their families. She has championed programs to address a variety of societal ills; created services to help prevent youth suicide; care for children who were exposed to drugs prenatally; intervened in the support of handicapped infants and toddlers; secured health insurance for the uninsured; strengthened the kinship care principles related to foster care; and restoration of voting rights for ex-felons.
Senator Miller is a Life Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Member of the National Education Association; National Black Caucus of State Legislators; Council of State Governments; Public Safety and Justice Task Force; Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability; Youth Commission; Labor, Military and Veterans' Affairs Policy Committee; and Criminal Justice Services Board.
She is survived by her two sisters, Elsie B. Lewis and Rosa E. Bond both of Norfolk; six brothers, James Bond (Paulette) of Chesapeake, David Bond, Jeremiah Bond (Arlene), and Samuel Bond all of Norfolk, Carl Bond of Richmond, VA, and Steven Bond (Venessa) of Petersburg, VA; brother-in-law, Bruce Coleman; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A funeral was held at 11am on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at New Hope COGIC, 3232 Brest Avenue, Norfolk, VA. A wake service was held at 6pm, Monday, July 9, 2012, at Metropolitan Funeral Service, 7246 Granby Street in Norfolk. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8100 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA.
John Thomas Bond (1913 - 1993)
Pency Cola Bond (1910 - 1983)
Phillip Nathaniel Bond (____ - 1993)*
Yvonne Bond Miller (1934 - 2012)
Carolyn Bond Coleman (1948 - 2011)*
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Plot: Live Oak Block N Lot 41
Created by: Joyce Vaughan
Record added: Jul 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93025904
Rest in peace Senator Miller. You will be truly missed.|
Metich M. Hagans
Added: Jul. 4, 2012
Rest in Heavenly Peace|
Added: Jul. 4, 2012