Winifred P. Miller

Aug. 5, 1943 - Aug. 21, 2011
Winifred Peckham Miller

    Winifred Peckham Miller, who worked at Mitzi’s Beauty Parlor in Southampton for 40 years and lived in Springs for about as long, died on Aug. 21 of breast cancer, which she had been ill with for 12 years. She was 68 and in hospice care in Winston-Salem, N.C.
    Memorial services will be held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on April 14 at 2 p.m., with visiting hours starting at 1. Burial will follow in Wainscott Cemetery.
    Though raised in Southampton, where she was born on Aug. 5, 1943, to Robert L. Peckham and the former Lucia Conklin, she lived most of her life in a house on Hog Creek Road in Springs. She moved to North Carolina in 2007 to be closer to her daughters, Kimberly McDonald of Belews Creek and Deborah Miller of Mocksville.
    Known as Winnie to her friends and family, she was a member of the Springs Presbyterian Church.
    “When she was in East Hampton, she loved ceramics with the ladies,” Ms. Miller said. “She loved her garden. Beautiful flowers. Spending time with her grandson. Her favorite time of year was spring. All the flowers after a long winter.”
    She would split her time between her house in Springs and one upstate that the family liked to call “the farm” because Mrs. Miller kept a variety of animals there, including rabbits, goats, and ducks.
    “She was a wonderful homemaker,” Ms. Miller said. After she retired from the beauty salon, she took a job at the Huntting Lane Rest Home in East Hampton, where she enjoyed caring for the elderly and those in need.
    “She was very caring and loving, and her strength was unbelievable,” her daughter said. “She always thought about other people. She didn’t have time for herself.”
    Married three times, she met her third husband, Elias Miller, who survives her, in the late 1990s at a funeral. Mr. Miller stayed by her side throughout her illness. She was also comforted by her daughters and her stepson Dan Jones of Kennebunk, Me.
    She is also survived by two sisters, Sylvia Sweeney of Summerfield, Fla., and Barbara Ericson of Germantown, N.Y., and a brother, Robert Peckham Jr. of Vancouver, Canada. Eighteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and seven other stepchildren also survive.
    The family suggested donations in her memory to the Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103.