Leona Catherine Smith Miller


Age 93, Stanley, Va.

Leona Catherine Smith Miller, 93, of Stanley, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at the Life Care Center of New Market.

She was born on April 16, 1927, in Allentown, Pa., and was a daughter of the late Lawrence B. Smith Sr. and Vivian C. Bergenstock Smith.

In 40 years of teaching, Leona taught at St. Maurice School and the Little People’s Education Workshop. In 2000, she received Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow recognition. In 2006, Leona became Minister of Eucharist at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Luray, where she was a member.

On June 19, 1948, she married Joseph J. Miller, who died on April 8, 2006.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary E. Hunkley and husband Delwyn of Stanley, Ann C. Oakes and husband Robert of Weyers Cave, and Dolores R. Miller and companion Edward Canterbury of Silver Spring, Md.; three grandsons, Clint Hunkley and companion Laurie Hartt of Dale City, Jared Miller and companion Heather Rhoades of Hixson, Tenn., and William Canterbury and companion Rhiannon Forseth of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and one great-grandson, William Rhoades of Hixson, Tenn. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John C. Smith and Lawrence B. Smith Jr.; and one grandson, Brian Hunkley.

Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church by Father Edwin Perez. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ladies Council of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 200 Collins Ave., Luray, Va. 22835

Arrangements are in the caring hands of the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, Va.

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