Obituary of Kate Riddering Miller
On Saturday September 29, 2018, Kate Riddering Miller passed quietly away at the age of 85 in Santa Cruz, California after bravely fighting cancer for nearly two decades. She is survived by her three children, Bruce, Althea, and Colin Miller, as well as her three grandchildren Ezra, Zeke, and Zaphod Bernheim.
Kate was born on June 10, 1933, in New York City, and spent most of her youth growing up on a farm on the outskirts of Princeton, New Jersey with her four siblings, Lenora, Lawrence, Elfriede, and Amy. She was first generation American having been born of parents who immigrated from Holland and Germany.
She will always be remembered for her wonderful cooking skills; her love of travel; telling her husband what to do; telling her kids not to wear pants with holes in the knees; the fine arts; and her strong sense of community and God. In her lifetime she traveled across the globe with her husband, Frank Miller (d. April 12, 2018) – even bought a VW camper bus to travel across Europe with her very young children. She invited foreign travelers into her home; had far too many cats and dogs at one time (27); obtained multiple degrees in education and nursing; and ran a nursery school with her mother and siblings after the early and unexpected death of her father. She enjoyed her later years; bragging about her children and grandchildren; volunteering for the Salvation Army; being a part of the Santa Cruz Symphony Committee; and being a member of her church.
She will be deeply missed by the community, of which she was so proud to be an active member. Friends and family will gather for a memorial ceremony on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Trinity Presbyterian Church (420 Melrose Ave.) in Santa Cruz at 1 p.m. She will be laid to rest in a private service at California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery in Seaside, beside her beloved husband Frank Eberhard Miller.