Elisabeth Craig Miller, 91, pioneer in women’s broadcasting

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Elisabeth Craig MillerElisabeth Craig Miller, of Hampstead and formerly of West Hartford, Connecticut, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at home and surrounded by family.

She was born on February 16, 1924, in Boston, Massachusetts. The daughter of the late Charles Bernard Craig and Helen Golding Craig, “Betty” was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 49 years, Roswell Miller Jr., and a grandson, Robert Burke.

At an early age, Betty showed a great interest in the arts, from dance recitals at age four to acting in summer stock stage productions as a young adult. After graduating from the Leland Powers School of Theater Boston, where she met her life’s partner, Ross, Betty joined the faculty of the Randall School of the Arts and was soon both teaching and broadcasting on radio and eventually television.

Among her students was Ted Knight of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Early in her career, Betty worked in radio in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut. She was a pioneer in women’s broadcasting in Hartford radio. After marrying Ross, they worked together on the first known husband and wife call-in radio talk show known as the “Miller Party Line.”

Betty was a devout Catholic and was well-known in the liturgical community throughout southern New England doing numerous speaking engagements and was active in the Christian Conference of Connecticut. She was elected to the position of vice president of the National Council of Catholic Women. Betty was an officer for over 27 years on the board of directors of the Automobile Club of Hartford. She loved to travel and worked in the industry leading tour groups throughout Europe and eastern Canada.

Surviving Betty are her five children and their spouses, Lisa Miller-Bonadies of Wilmington, Mark Miller, and wife, Annie, of Wilmington, Alison Miller Burke, and husband, Michael, of West Hartford, Connecticut, Peter Miller, and wife, Heather, of Wilmington, and Paula Miller Thibault, and husband, David, of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire; 13 grandchildren, Christopher Quish, Allison Quish Lyons, Nicholas Bonadies, Gena Bonadies Masi, Eva Miller, Jessica Miller, Aaron Burke, Katharine Burke, Andrew Miller, Patrick Miller, Ben Thibault, Alex Miller Thibault and Wyatt Thibault; and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at All Saints Catholic Church in Hampstead with Rev. John Durbin officiating. Burial will be at a later date in East Lempster Cemetery in New Hampshire.

The family wishes to thank the attending staff from Lower Cape Fear Hospice in her last days, and especially her home-care giver, Wanda Thompson, for the loving companionship and aid to Betty over this past year.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303.

Condolences may be made online at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.