|Birth: ||Sep. 8, 1902|
|Death: ||Jun. 12, 1993|
Lucille Mildred Kimmel was born on September 8, 1902, in Darke County, Ohio, in a log house on the banks of the Wabash River. Originally, she was named "Ethel," but one day when she was spitting up as an infant, her father Isaac decided that such a name would make anyone spit up, so they changed it to "Lucille" from a book that he was reading and "Mildred" from a book that her mother was reading. She attended school through the eight grade, but there was no high school near, so she couldn't continue her education any further. Growing up, Lucille helped a lot with the farm work and with taking care of her younger sisters, but when she was older she began to find work out of the house, including working at a greenhouse, being an office girl at a laundry, and helping new mothers during their convalescence. One evening not long before the Greenville fair was set to begin, nineteen-year old Lucille saw a handsome young man standing under a lamppost and knew that he was the man she was going to marry. After insisting that they date for one full year first, Lucille married Harry Harvey Miller on August 23, 1922, at the Greenville Courthouse in Darke County, Ohio. They lived with his parents in Greenville at first while he worked as a section hand at the railroad, but soon he got a better-paying job as a car inspector and they were able to start furnishing their own home, buying one piece of furniture with each paycheck.
Eventually, they bought a small farm and began to raise cows, hogs, goats, and sheep. On October 31, 1924, their daughter June was born. Although Lucille delivered three more babies--two daughters and one son--none of them survived long after birth, probably because of Rh incompatibility (which would have been unknown at the time). About 1931, Harry and Lucille got an eleven-year old boy named Cleatus Adam Brown from the local Darke County Children's Home to raise and to help them with the farm work. Fifteen years later, he became their son-in-law when he married their daughter June.
In 1948, Harry and Lucille moved to Florida in part due to her poor health. For thirteen years, they ran a grocery store in on Main Street in Pine Castle--called B&M Market (short for Brown and Miller)--but it was eventually put out of business as the larger chain stores began to develop. They moved to a property near Pine Castle, Florida, that had orange and lemon groves, and they enjoyed sending the fruit as presents to their relatives. In the late 1970's, the Millers moved back up to Ohio after Harry had a heart attack, settling in Hillsboro, Highland County, to be close to their daughter and son-in-law. There Lucille attended the Northside Church of Christ and was active at the Senior Citizens Center. She loved to hook rugs and to play games, especially Chinese checkers, at which she usually won. She also began writing short stories based on her childhood recollections, which were published in the local paper. After Harry died on March 12, 1985, Lucille's daughter June came to live with her. It was at this point that Lucille began recording her memoirs, which formed the basis for much of the genealogical research that has been done on both her and her husband's families. Lucille died on June 12, 1993, in Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio. Both she and Harry are buried in Ansonia Cemetery, Brown Township, Darke County, Ohio.
The Greenville Advocate
June 14, 1993
Entered into Eternal Rest Saturday, June 12, 1993
Lucille M. Miller, 92, of 224 Muntz St., Hillsboro, died Saturday.
A Darke County native, formerly of the Ansonia area, she was the daughter of Isaac and Verna (Thompson) Kimmel. Also deceased are her husband, Harry, who died in 1985; and two sisters.
She was a member of Northside Church of Christ and the Highlands County Senior Citizens.
Surving are one daughter, June Brown of Hillsboro; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a sister; Helen Feierstein of Greenville.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oliver Funeral Home, Ansonia, with the burial to be in Ansonia Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.
Isaac Nelson Kimmel (1878 - 1963)
Verna Thompson Kimmel (1879 - 1963)
Harry Harvey Miller (1903 - 1985)*
June Evelyn Miller Brown (1924 - 2010)*
Doris Irene Miller (1926 - 1926)*
Phyllis Leta Miller (1928 - 1928)*
Glendale Kimmel Miller (1936 - 1936)*
Lucille Mildred Kimmel Miller (1902 - 1993)
Helen Augusta Kimmel Feierstein (1906 - 1995)*
Esther Loraine Kimmel Harless (1908 - 1974)*
Susannah Hazel Kimmel Johns (1911 - 1989)*
Created by: Natalie Herdman
Record added: Jun 15, 2008
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