Published in The Capital Gazette on Mar. 22, 2021.
Elizabeth Begley Miller
1922 - 2021
Elizabeth Begley Miller, "Betty," 99, died peacefully on March
18, at Ginger Cove Continuing Care Retirement Community,
She was born in Philadelphia, PA on February 2, 1922, to
Russell and Elizabeth Begley. At age six, the family moved
to Washington, DC where Betty graduated from Woodrow
Wilson High School in 1942. She attended the University
of Maryland and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma
She remained active in the Panhellenic Society of Annapolis.
Betty married the late Commander Charles Lockett Miller USN ret. (USNA '44) at the Base
Chapel in Jacksonville, FL in 1945. They were married for seventy-two years before his death
They lived at duty stations in Pensacola, Virginia Beach, San Juan, Patuxent, Annapolis,
Newport, and Arlington, ultimately moving to Ginger Cove upon Charlie's retirement. Betty and
Charlie enjoyed playing golf at the Naval Academy Golf Course and on many of their
vacations. They were longstanding members of the Annapolis Yacht Club and also enjoyed
many summers at their home in Rehoboth Beach. They also shared a passion for Bridge.
Betty was the consummate hostess, and was always busy bowling, painting, baking, sewing,
knitting, and serving as a docent in Annapolis. She had the ability to recall and retell numerous
jokes and loved nothing more than a Jack Daniels and some good "cocktail chatter."
She died knowing that her first great grandson is due in July.
She was predeceased by her husband Charlie; her parents; her sister Barbara Holbrook, and
Surviving are her two sons, Charles Lockett Miller, Jr. and his wife Kristen Kidwell Miller of
Highlands, NJ, their sons, Andrew Lockett Miller of Los Angeles, CA and his wife Andrea
Najarian Miller; and Nicholas Kidwell Miller of Raleigh, NC; and James Russell Miller (USNA
'75), his wife Patricia Matthews Miller and their son James Russell Miller, Jr., all of Annapolis.
There will be an Inurnment at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium to be announced at a later
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ginger Cove Foundation, Ginger
Cove Retirement Community, 4000 River Crescent Drive, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401.