Anna Laura Miller, 89, passed away, November 25, 2017, at her home in Diamondhead, MS.
A native of New Orleans, LA, Laura graduated from Loyola University with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. She began an extensive teaching career at Howard No. 1 and retired after 20 years.
Laura moved to Waveland, MS with her lifelong friend, Barbara Rappold. They opened the successful Dixie Belle Bakery on Coleman Avenue.
Laura couldn’t stay away from the kids. She began teaching at St. Clare School and did so for 9 years. She then started teaching at Gulfview Elementary where she retired in 1993 after 14 years.
Laura loved all the children she taught. She was passionate about her teaching and was determined to give all her kids the best education they deserved acquiring the nickname, “Miller the Killer”. Quite often, she would be meet former students who would tell her she made a difference in their lives. This always made her beam with pride.
Laura had three other passions in life. She loved animals, always feeding what came along in the backyard. She supported numerous animal rescue leagues in hoping she could make a difference. Gone with the Wind was her all time favorite movie. She would watch it over and over again and she accumulated an extensive memorabilia collection. Finally, she loved and was a member of “Les Girls”, a group of women that have been friends and stayed friends for over 60 years.
Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick T. Miller, Sr and Enola Helwick Miller, a brother, Frederick T. Miller, Jr., and a sister Jean Clair Miller Heibel.
She is survived by her nieces and nephew, Jeanne Maria Lachin , Julie Lachin McCrory (Jeffrey), Victor Guido Lachin, III, Laura Jean Lachin Stepro (David), and lifelong best friend, Barbara Rappold.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, MS from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday November 30, 2017 at Jacob Schoen & Son in New Orleans, LA from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Entombment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans, LA.