Nina Madeliene (Yarbro) Miller, born 24 January 1935 in Mason Tennessee, went home on April 11, 2020. Nina was a small, sweet lady (nicknamed “Tiny”) but she was a strong and independent woman too. Nina married in 1953 and moved with the military to Oklahoma and Hawaii before settling in Fort Walton Beach in 1960 and then Valparaiso in 1967 which she called home for the next 53 years. Nina was a military spouse who raised her three sons and daughter alone for extended periods while her husband, Corbin Lee Miller Jr., a Korea and Viet Nam War veteran, was deployed to posts all over the world. She continued to lead her family after he passed in 2012.
Nina was a professional seamstress working for Mary J’s Alterations, Gayfers, and Dillards Department Stores over the years. She maintained a small group of customers and did custom alterations as well as complete wardrobes for special clients. She was a vender at the Mullet Festival too, cooking mullet and burgers with family and friends. Nina loved to read, try new recipes, travel when she could and share her knowledge and skills when asked. She was an avid dominoes player, as long as you played by her rules, which tended to change game to game. She loved her little animals; dogs, cats, squirrels, even a chicken who nested on the kitchen counter once. In retirement she was busy with NWFSC classes, bird watching, gardening, and enjoying crafts and sewing projects with her extended family and friends. Senior Friends were always a great comfort for her until dementia curbed her activities.
Nina is predeceased by her parents, Doris E. (Rogers) and Marvin Allen Yarbro, and brother, Allen Layne Yarbro. She is survived by her brother Jesse Thomas Yarbro, three sons, Randy Joe (Bessie), Andy Lee (Martha), Vincent Scott (Lonna) Miller and daughter Teresa Lynn Lawson (Michael). Eleven grandchildren: RJ (Tiffany), Brianna, Corbin, Andrew (Johanna), Matthew (Cortney), Stephanie and Jennifer Miller and Michael, William, Catherine and Linda Lawson, and six great grandchildren, Gwindolyn, Isabel, Emma, Zoe, Harper and Lexi Miller.
She was deeply loved and will be incredibly missed.
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