Obituary: Cicely Miller

johnandcicelymiller1921 – 2017

Cicely was born in Maesteg, South Wales on 6th May, 1921 to Emily and George Tibbetts. The family moved to Milton when she was 11 years old due to her father’s deteriorating health. She lived at 4, Pear Tree Close for the next 83 years.
At Burford School she dreamt of becoming a domestic science teacher. Her father’s death when she was 14 meant she left school to help support the family, working in Davies shop in Milton High Street.
Cicely was the first person in Oxfordshire to be diagnosed with glandular fever. A consultant came from the John Radcliffe Hospital to see her, but it was decided that she would remain under the care of Dr. Scott Snr. She was ill for six months and her lifelong friend Kathleen Cooper visited her every day on her way home from work.
When war broke out Cicely was sent to work at the Banbury munitions factory, and then sent to De Havilland at Witney where she met her future husband John. After sewing on a button for him he invited her out to a dance. What did she do? She danced with as many men as possible, but luckily John did not give up easily.
John and Cicely were married on 31st July, 1948 at Milton church. The service was followed by a reception at the Legion Hut, using coupons to provide the food and a wedding cake. Cicely’s dress is on display in the Witney Museum.
After Andrea and Lorraine were born, Cicely spent the next years raising her family, serving lunches at the primary school so she could be home when they finished school.
Cicely loved Milton and was always active in the community. She helped raise money for the carpet in the church aisle and arranged their flowers. She was President of the local branch of the British Legion, and won a National British Legion award for her knitting, going on to the Royal Albert Hall for the presentation. She took part in Health and Fitness for Ladies, and for 36 years emptied collecting boxes and banked the money for the Church of England Children’s Society.
Music played a big part in life; she had a lovely singing voice right to the end. She and John shared a love of dancing and joined a Tea Dancing group. They celebrated their Ruby, Gold and Diamond wedding anniversaries with dance parties.
Cicely enjoyed a full and active life, always ready to help friends and neighbours. Cicely was a kind, loving and sociable lady, who always thought of others and is sadly missed by all her family and friends. She will rest in peace in the village she loved.

Daughters Andrea and Lorraine

June – July 2017