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Ex-owner, operator of small-town store known as classy

MCCOMB Mildred Wall Miller, a classy lady who loved living and doing business in a small town, died Friday in Blakely Care Center in North Baltimore.

She was 92.

Mrs. Miller had several strokes on Thursday, her daughter Beth Brumbaugh said.

From 1937 to 1963, she managed Wall Market, one of two grocery stores in Hoytville. She owned and ran the store with her first husband, Harold Wall, until his death in 1962.

As a little girl, I remember it was a meeting place, Mrs. Brumbaugh said. To be in a small-town grocery store, it was the best life you could imagine. Small towns were busy places in those days. It was a wonderful place to grow up.

She said many people in the town would come twice a day to buy refrigerated food or the best meat in the country.

That grocery store, that was something, said Ruth Johnson, Mrs. Miller s niece who used to spend summers with her aunt. You would be just tickled to go in there and pick out any candy you could want.

Mrs. Miller was a 1931 graduate of Damascus High School in McClure, Ohio, where she was class valedictorian. She then attended Davis Business College.

She and Mr. Wall were looking to start their own business when they took over Wall Market from his father in 1937.

Mrs. Miller also was the village treasurer for Hoytville for several years in the 1950s.

After her first husband s death, she married Dr. Harry Miller in 1963 and the two of them shared a passion for Ohio State University and high school sports. Mrs. Miller was an athlete herself as the captain of the basketball team in high school.

Mrs. Miller would help Dr. Miller with the bloodmobile and other health services when he was Hancock County s health commissioner. He also was McComb s only doctor for many years. He died in 1988.

Today we were saying she couldn t last another season without her husband, Mrs. Brumbaugh said.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the Hoytville United Methodist Church, where she was choir director and a Sunday school teacher.

She was a member of the Jr. LCC, a ladies literary club, for most of her life with about a dozen other women. They enjoyed reading and discussing literature over meals.

She also enjoyed playing the piano, knitting, cross-stitch, and cooking.

Family members describe her as a classy lady in the way she carried herself and respected other people.

I always like to think of her as the last of the real ladies, Mrs. Brumbaugh said. She was a lady all the way.

Surviving are daughter, Beth Brumbaugh; stepdaughters, Virginia Zemlin, Lynn Miller, and Harriet Winston; stepson, James Miller; 12 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Hartley Funeral Home in McComb and memorial services will follow at 11 a.m.

The family suggests tributes to Hoytville United Methodist Church or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

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