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Joan Jockers Miller

December 9, 1923 ~ April 17, 2021 (age 97)


Joan Jockers Miller, Dunnellon, dies April 17, 2021

Joan was born on December 9, 1924 in the middle of the Roaring Twenties to Frank Louis and Augusta (Gussie) Jockers in Flushing Queens. She moved out to Long Island when the family home became a little too crowded with her husband Glen whom she met at a USO Dance in West Palm Beach Florida while on vacation with her beloved father.  Joan and Glen would have three children, all whom survive her, Susan Howard, Frank Louis (Coletta) , and Julie Miller.  Grandchildren include Ian Townsend who preceded her in death, Suzymae Howard,  Adrian Miller, Monica Slusher and Sade Miller, and four great-grandchildren; Ethan and Frank Miller, Bryce and Braxton Slusher.

Joan lived in Port Washington for many years then Cold Spring Harbor before moving off the Island to Greenville, N.C.  When Glen retired they moved to Port Charlotte, Florida. Glen died  there in June 2003 and Joan relocated to Dunnellon Florida to live with her youngest child Julie who took care of her until her recent hospitalization and death at age 97. Joan attended the Scutter Secretarial School in NYC and held a number of positions with American Airlines, Publisher’s Clearing House, a Board of Realtors, and was a personal assistant to Mimi Benzell with the Metropolitan Opera.  Joan also worked with James Roosevelt an investment counselor in Oyster Bay, one of Franklin’s sons. When her children were born Joan was a devoted mother and housewife who continued to work  only part time. Joan loved the outdoors and spent time planting trees and shrubs at her various homes, and loved hiking and picking berries in the Berkshires at the family home on Highland lake. She also spent many happy days at her mother’s homes in Fort Lauderdale Florida. She loved to swim and soak up the suns rays. Joan was a devoted mother and grandmother, even taking in her Grandson Ian when he needed a place to go, and stayed in touch with her children and grandchildren, remembering their birthdays and holidays with cards and a few dollars to spend.  She was both loved and respected by all who knew her and she was a well-read and intellectually grounded person who kept up with current events.  Joan loved to paint and make collages and scrapbooks, and amassed a large collection of  stuffed animals and die-cast metal cars from the Franklin Mint.  At one time she had a 1966 Mustang Convertible she enjoyed riding with the top down of course. Joan will be missed by those who knew and loved her, though she lead a long and eventful life filled with family and travel. Saddened by the loss of so many of her friends and her beloved and totally devoted husband Glen she knew her time was due, and went peacefully to her rest after a short stay in the hospital.  She will be remembered fondly by all.

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