Mattie Ann Miller

May 1 1934
Aug 18 2018
84 Years
Christiana, Pennsylvania

Mattie Ann (Dickinson) Miller, 84, of Nine Points, departed this life on Saturday, August 18, 2018, after being cared for at her home by her family.

Mattie Ann was the wife of the late Howard S. Miller, Sr. with whom she celebrated 48 years of marriage before his death in 2004.

Born May 1, 1934 in Newark, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Matthew Howard and Gladys Marshall Dickinson.

Mattie was a “stay-at-home” Mom and joined the workforce for a brief period after her children were all grown. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother who loved playing all types of games, attending sporting events in which her children were participating, watching sports on TV, putting together jigsaw puzzles, holding yard sales in her yard, shopping and taking short vacations with her daughters, and going on outings with her sons. She particularly liked watching tennis and golf and was able to fulfill her dream of attending the US Tennis Open in New York on three separate occasions. She always looked forward to the Christmas season and enjoyed setting up her Christmas village and decorating a tree. Most recently she enjoyed attending church, playing Pinochle, 500 Rummy, Dominoes and other games, and gathering with her children and grandchildren at her home.

Mattie loved the Lord and would always say that she was “blessed.” At the time of her death, she had been a member of Journey Church in Strasburg, PA since 2014, where she quickly became known for her hugs. Prior to joining Journey Church, she was a long-time member of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Atglen, where she had served in several roles including steward, Sunday school teacher, usher, stewardess and church treasurer.

Mattie is survived by her children, Sheila Miller Thomas of Albuquerque, NM, Howard “Ducky” Miller, Jr. (Linda) of Lancaster, Arnold Miller of Coatesville, Diane Miller Brown (Omar) of Nine Points, and Wanda Miller of Atglen; daughter-in-law Charlotte “Chottie” Miller of Parkesburg; sisters Lorraine Lavender of Pocopson, PA, and Ella “Peggy” Anderson of Montclair, NJ, 14 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a son, Gary S. Miller, daughter-in-law, Darlene Miller and two sisters, Nancy and Marsha.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Mt. Zion AME Church, 404 Zion Hill Rd, Atglen, PA 19310 followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.  Family and friends are invited to also attend the viewing at the church from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. There will be no final viewing.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg, PA.  Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Aug 27 2018 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Mt. Zion AME Church


Know that Mattie Ann is now greeting, hugging and kissing all those who have gone before her.  Thoughts and prayers extended to Mattie's family who loved and cared for her to the very will surely be blessed.

Rest in peace, Mattie Ann ("the greeter at every occasion).

Bonnie & Jimmy Dickinson


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Miss Mattie’s smile & hugs were infectious & I will surely miss seeing her at church. She’s now smiling ear to ear with our Lord!

Remembering her fondly,

Christine Thomas

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Aunt Mattie was a joy in our close knit community. She was my Aunt and such a joy to be around. She made me laugh.I loved the way she expressed herself when she talked to me.I can't wait to see her again in the resurrection John 5:28,29

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I will miss you dearly I remember when I was little how much I looked forward to coming to spend those summers with you I remember our Christmas craziness and our love for thrift stores and yard sales I will never forget the unconditional love you gave me 

Love you always ,


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Matthew 5:4 says, "Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted." To Ms. Diane and  Ms. Wanda.  Praying that God will continue to wrap you in comfort and peace during your time of bereavement. 

With Love & Care from your Lincoln U. Family,

Timothy Chambers

Reachell Chambers


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Mattie A,

Rest in peace.  Knowing you are in a better place gives me some peace also.


Ella C.

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Peace & Love,

Uncle Charlie

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Dear Miller Family,  You have my sympathy and prayers of comfort, peace and strength.  Mattie Ann is no longer in pain, she is resting the arms of our Heavenly Father, who  has said Mattie you have fought the fight now it is time for you to rest.  She is a rose that has seen the light and grown beyond the wall.  Mattie will be forever in our hearts through all those precious memories we share of her hugs, smiles, words of wisdom and fun times shared.  May God continue to bless each of you with the peace and strength needed for this time of sorrow and forever more.



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Thanks Mattie Ann for the love and hospitality you extended to me on my visits to you and your family with Lorraine.  With Deepest Sympathy.  Bertie

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Patricia Miss Miller was part of our family as Diane worked in the President Office of Lincoln University.  We wish to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to all of the Miller family.  Mrs Miller was the most gracious and wonderful lady to us during our tenure in Pennsylvania.  Ivory and Patricia



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To The Children & Grandchildren of Aunt Mattie Ann Miller

A - AUTHENTIC & AMAZING - what you see is what you get. NO Fakeness about her.
U – UNCLE Howdie’s Bride was UNSELFISH & had UNCONDITIONAL love for everyone.
N - NICE LADY - On July 28th while visiting Aunt Mattie she said all she wanted said about her when God called her Home was she was a Nice Lady, that's it. We had a good laugh about it because we know without a doubt she's so much more than that.
T - TENACIOUS – strong-willed, diligent, persistent
M -MOTHER Figure - we always let her know she was like a 2nd Mother to us and she was our Mother’s best friend.
A - AGELESS beauty ALWAYS had a smile on her face & laughter in her heart.
T – THOUGHTFUL – We were Blessed for having her as the Coolest neighborhood Mom. The Miller yard was the place to gather for fun and games, which she was very much a part of. She was out there with the kids playing all the games -Softball,
Kickball, Volleyball, Double Dutch, Badminton, Board games, Cards etc.
I – I’M BLESSED is what she would say when you called and asked How are you doing? IMPORTANT part of our lives.
E – EXAMPLE of a loving, caring and God Fearing woman. EXTENED family who we love, adore and will do anything for.

Continuous Thoughts and Prayers to the Family.

Love, Peace and Blessings from Aunt Rosie & Children

Cindy, Retta, Chollie, Donna Lou, Angela, Vanessa, Rayboy, Shelly & Mikey

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