Oma "Blue Eyes" Roberta McCall Miller, 79, died Thursday, February 7, 2008 at a local hospital after a long illness.
Mrs. Miller was born March 29, 1928 in Grand Chenier, LA to Gladys and Henry McCall. She graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1949 with a degree in French. She married Lee John Miller, October 18, 1946, after his return from service in the Navy during World War II. She taught school in Grand Lake for two years and remembered students from this time very fondly. She stopped teaching to be home with her children. Mrs. Miller was a gifted seamstress, having made all of her children's clothes when they were growing up. She decided her legacy would be custom- made quilts, which she made yearly for each daughter to pass on to future generations. She was a Roman Catholic and a member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 61 years, Lee John Miller of Lake Charles; two daughters, Dr. Gladys A. Miller and husband Franklin L. Jones of Lake Charles; Theresa M. Miller and husband John W. Watts of Sugar Land, TX; two grandsons, Thomas L. Jones of Lake Charles and Matthew J.L. Watts of Sugar Land, TX. She also leaves two brothers, Norman F. McCall and wife Joyce of Lake Charles and Henry "T-Boy" McCall and wife Fe of Cameron; one sister, Emma Arceneaux of Lake Charles; sisters- in- law, Ella Mae "T-Mae" Booth of Grand Chenier and Corrine Granger of Lake Charles and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves her godchild, Michael McCall, of Covington who made a point of keeping in touch by phone.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry A. and Gladys Miller McCall and one brother, Claude "Pete" McCall; brothers- in- law, Lawrence Arceneaux, Earl Booth and Earl Granger.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 PM Saturday, February 9, 2008 in Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Monsignor James Gaddy will officiate. Burial will be Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation Friday will be from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a scripture service and rosary beginning at 7:00 PM. Visitation Saturday will be from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM in the funeral home.
Pallbearers for the service will be John W. Watts, Franklin L. Jones, Thomas L. Jones, Matthew J.L. Watts, Patrick Arceneaux and Arthur Lee Booth.
The family wishes to thank all of her care takers who helped her during her prolonged illnesses and saved her life many times over. Dr. Yoko Broussard, Dr. Enrique Mendez, Dr. Keith Kreitz, Dr. R. Craig Broussard and his associates (Dr. Gary Kohler, Dr. Ben Thompson and Dr. Manly Jordan), Dr. Thomas Ford, Dr. John Winterton, Dr. Richard Gilmore, Dr. Francis Bride, Mary LeBleu, R.T. and all the people of Carmichaels. All of you gave Oma hope and stuck with her when the chances for a good outcome were slim, you pulled us through it. My mother relied on a group of caring ladies to whom we will always be grateful- Marie LeBlanc, Susan, Tiffany, Ruth, Mary, Angie, Varena, Judy, Veronica, Miss Bea and Chelsea.
Mrs. Miller could no longer attend church services but looked forward to receiving the Holy Eucharist and saying prayers brought to her by Sister Camille Martinez. Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net .