Rita May's Story
Rita May (Rivers) Miller, longtime resident of North Tonawanda, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 30, 2017. She was 92. She was born in Niagara Falls on May 6, 1924, a daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Ward) Rivers.
Rita attended St. Mary's Cataract School until her family moved to Kentucky where she attended a one room schoolhouse. Rita and her family returned to Niagara Falls where she attended South Junior and Gaskill Junior High until she left school to help raise her siblings after her father died at an early age.
Rita worked for the Warder Paper Box Company in Niagara Falls. She married Walter Miller in 1943 and then she went to work as a riveter at Bell Aerospace during World War II. She also volunteered her time working as a member of the auxiliary at DeGraff Hospital for many years.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her great-niece, Cathy (Melvin) Wagner; six nephews, Tom (late Lynn) Rivers, Robert (late Nancy) Mack, William (Pam) Rivers, Don Rivers and James (Michelle) Rivers and Ken Rivers of California. She is also survived by three nieces, Beverly (Rod) Kucik of North Carolina, Patricia Ventry of Georgia; her great-niece, Lori (Richard Drabczyk) Paonessa; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Edward (late Elmira) Rivers and Stanley (late Jettie) Rivers; and three sisters, Marie (late Phillip) Dury, Margaret (late Ellwood) Steele and Dorothy (late Benny) Wojton.
There will be no prior visitation. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, April 8, 2017 in the Chapel at Niagara Falls Memorial Park Cemetery, 5871 Military Road, Lewiston, NY 14092. Arrangements made by the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Published on April 6, 2017