1918 – 2015

PORTLAND — Bernadette Mae “Becky” Miller, 97, of Buxton, died Tuesday, June 2, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, following a short illness.

She was born in Gorham, N.H., on Feb. 10, 1918, the daughter of the late John W. and Ellen (Wight) MacKenzie. She was educated in Gorham and Berlin, N.H., schools. In 1932, she moved to Lisbon and graduated from Lisbon High School in 1935 as salutatorian.

In 1937, she married Cedric Miller; he died on Jan. 22, 1972.

She was employed at Fanny Farmer Candy Shop, Cummings Cleaners and the Bates Mill for several years. In 1983, she retired from Clark Shoe Co. after 27 years of working in the office.

She was a member of the First Universalist Church in Auburn.


Becky lived on Goff Street in Auburn until 2005, then moved to Montello Heights for three years. In 2008, she moved to Gray to live with her sister, Iona Hendricks. In 2012, she moved back to Buxton to live with her nephew, Richard Hendricks and his wife, Nancy.

Becky was an avid reader from an early age and a lover of flowers. She had an extensive correspondence with friends, keeping in touch over the years. She loved traveling Down East with her family and friends.

She is survived by her sister, Iona Hendricks; nephews, Richard Hendricks and his wife, Nancy, and Daniel Hendricks and William MacKenzie and his wife, Lisa; nieces, Mary Rocheleau and her husband, Ronald, and Marilyn Burgess; sisters-in-law, Simone Mackenzie and Audrey Miller; and a special sister, Beulah “Dolly” Johnson.

Besides her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Mercia Smith of Gorham, N.H.; and a brother, Melvin MacKenzie of both Lewiston and Sidney.

Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at www.lynchbrothers.com.

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