1925 – 2013
Mona Ruth Jablow Miller died June 24, 2013 in Davis. A resident of Palo Alto since 1953, she was born in Chelsea, Mass., in 1925. Raised in Cambridge, Mass., she graduated from Cambridge High and Latin School in 1943. She also attended Simmons College, Northeastern University, Wright Junior College, Foothill and De Anza Community College, New Mexico University and Harrogate Adult School (Yorkshire England). She loved to take classes wherever she lived.
She worked at Science Digest in Chicago and before that at the Radiation (radar) Lab at MIT during World War II, where she met her husband, Jack. They were married for almost 55 years before his death in 1999. She is predeceased by her parents, Sophie and Harry Jablow; sister, Judith Garber; brother, Dr. Norman Jablow; husband, Jack Miller; and son, Larry Miller.
Mona was a community worker, at first involved in her children’s activities — PTA boards at Ross Road and Van Auken — as well as Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities. She took part in being inspector for the election board for many years. She worked at the South Palo Alto Food Closet at its inception, and started a branch of the League of Women Voters in Albuquerque, N.M. She worked at Connect, a local hot line in the turbulent 1960s in Palo Alto, and also became a peer counselor for Miramonte Mental Health Care.
She was a member of Avenidas Senior Center for many years. She also helped establish Avenidas Village, an organization that assists seniors who wish to “age in place” in their homes — which she was able to do — and she used that service until she was 86. She also helped at La Comida, which serves lunch to those over 60. She was a member of Friends of the Palo Alto Library, working at book sales in earlier years. She enhanced her love of Palo Alto by being a member of Palo Alto Historical Association. She was an active member at Palo Alto Unitarian Church — a member of board as well as teaching. She was also a member of Keddem Congregation.
Mona and Jack lived in Boston, Chicago, Albuquerque and left Palo Alto for two years to live in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. Living there was a great adventure for them as they were able to travel in England and other parts of Europe. During her last year of life, Mona lived in Davis. She passed away in Davis on her 88th birthday in peaceful hospice at the home of her son.
Mona is survived by her son, Alan Miller of Davis; her daughter, Sharane Miller of Baltimore, Md.; granddaughter Jenelle Gaultney and great-grandchildren Taegan, Evan and Kyle of Grants, N.M.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be held Saturday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the Palo Alto Unitarian Church, 505 E. Charleston Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Avenidas Village of Palo Alto, Yolo Hospice of Davis, Friends of the Palo Alto Library or Palo Alto Historical Association.