ROSAMOND H. MILLERROSAMOND H. MILLER Of Aiea, Hawaii May 22, 1943 To June 14, 2015 Rosamond Heroy Miller lived her life with happiness, grace and resilience. She had a quiet but powerful faith, and a deep love for her family and friends. These qualities carried her through life and into a peaceful death in Honolulu on June 14, 2015. Ros was born May 22, 1943, in New York City, to Dr. William Ward and Rosamond Lee Heroy. She was the second of what would become a family of six girls. Ros loved babies and children, truly. She worked at the New York Foundling Hospital, and after graduating from Marymount Junior College, Va., she worked in the Head Start early childhood education program. Ros and her loving husband Tom had a remarkable life together. They met in Washington, D.C., in 1969, where Tom, who was a Vietnam vet in the US Navy, was a White House aide. They were married Sept. 12, 1970. He was a seagoing officer, commanding officer, a political affairs specialist, and a State Department official in his career. Ros's daughter Rossie ('Iolani, '89 of Hilo) and son Ward ('Iolani '92, of Saudi Arabia) - with Tom - were the center of her world, and she took to mothering naturally, raising her family as Tom's career took them from D.C., to Japan and other stops along the way. They ended up in Hawaii, and there they stayed when Tom retired from the Navy as Executive Assistant to Commander - Chief -Pacific as a Captain. Tom became Director of Pacific Forum, CIS, and later Headmaster of 'Iolani School, where Ros carried out the duties of being a faculty wife and headmaster's wife with her characteristic warmth and good humor. There wasn't a pretentious bone in her body. Everybody loved Ros. Ros and Tom enjoyed adventure travel and had many excursions to Africa, Egypt, China, Southeast Asia and Latin America, to name a few. Ros loved nature and was thrilled with the wildlife and cultures they saw on their travels. She was curious, and thrived on detail and how people were treated. In Hawaii, Ros continued her work with children at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, where she volunteered for 23 years, having responsibilities caring for and playing with young patients. She also gave orientation tours of the hospital for children's groups. She had a beautiful smile and the gift of putting everyone at ease, according to Lisa Chung, Director of Volunteer Services. She also was a foster mother for several years, providing love and stability to newborn babies for a short while before having to let them go to adoptive parents. Ros and Tom have two beautiful grandchildren, Sofie and Mukan Helms, who were the light of her life in recent years. She was their beloved "Tutu." She enjoyed swimming, loved her kitties and was a wicked Yahtzee player. Ros managed her rheumatoid arthritis with extraordinary patience, resourcefulness and courage, admired by all, which allowed her to live a full and happy life. The family thanks all her wonderful doctors and other medical staff throughout the years, and especially those who cared for her in her final days. Her "Dr. Hen" was Dr. David John, her rheumatologist. Ros was a grounding force for all of us and we will miss her deeply, but we know she will be with us in spirit. Survivors include her husband Tom Miller, daughter Rossie (Eric) Helms, son Ward (Dawn) Miller, grandchildren Sofie and Mukan Helms, sisters Sally Munday, Jane (Tom) Winn, Helen (Fred) Cuccia, Molly (Paul) Missonis and Chris (Mike) Henry, as well as many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Donations in her memory may be made to Kapiolani Medical Center's playroom, www.hawaiipacifichealth.org/kapiolani. Services will be at 8:30 a.m. June 27, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 800 Kaheka St., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96814. Burial will be at Punchbowl Cemetery in Honolulu at a later date. Please sign the online guestbook at Borthwick Mortuary, www.dignitymemorial.com/borthwick-mortuary.
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