In the spring of 1930 Joseph Henry and Elene Frederick Molloy welcomed their second daughter into an uncertain world. Joan Molloy grew up in the Borough of Woodmont with her sisters Sally and Marjorie, and her cousins Martha, Tom, Jack, and Gertrude Enright. She graduated from Milford High School and attended Barnard and Larson‘s business college, (now Quinnipiac University).
She and Harold Edwin Miller, Jr. married in 1954. They had three children: Harold Edwin III, Christopher Joseph, and Margot Elene. She raised her children in Woodmont, two blocks from her parents and grandparents and the little school. Like her sisters, she was a competitive golfer, a member of Race Brook Country Club and later Oronoque.
With the Bonessi, Goldberg, Jepson, Doolittle, Scott, Ensling, Borer and other families, she revived a summer festival tradition, Woodmont Day, that continues to this day. She loved to ski: they built a chalet at Mount Snow, Vermont, soon after it opened, and later kept a condo at Bromley Village, where they taught their children to ski and held convivial gatherings for friends and relatives. They moved to Orange, where, after they divorced, she began a career in real estate that spanned 40 years. She worked with brokers George J. Smith and Son, William Raveis, Colonial Properties, and Arnold Peck, and served with the Connecticut and New Haven Associations of Realtors.
As part of her volunteer service, she helped organize the annual tournament at Yale golf course to benefit Saint Raphael’s Hospital. She was an active mariner with the Shoreline Sailing Club, where at harborside she played piano for many happy holiday gatherings.
Joan Molloy Miller was a member of Saint Agnes Roman Catholic Church, where her father was a trustee. After moving to Branford, and later East Haven, she joined the congregation of St. Elizabeth, now St. John Bosco Parish.
As the days dwindled down to a precious few, she passed away peacefully at Ashlar Village under the care of Masonicare hospice. She leaves three grandchildren: Sierra and Silas Miller, of Maple Corner, and Lucia C. Racine, of Putney, Vermont.
A Graveside Service will be celebrated on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Saint Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Ave., West Haven, CT. (MEET DIRECTLY AT THE CEMETERY)
In lieu of flowers please consider a gift to the Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary, the Adler Center, or Masonicare. She will repose eternally with her parents and grandparents at St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven.