Helen Naomi Miller Waldron, “Dusty Miller” In College


Passed away on the Summer Solstice, June 21, 2018. She was born May 26, 1923 to Margaret Spier and Leslie Miller of Mt. Clemens, MI and Miccosukee, FL., both teachers at Northwestern High School in Detroit.

Growing up in Highland Park, MI, Helen spent her summers from early childhood at the cabin her parents built on Drummond Island. She graduated in 1945 from the University of Michigan, where she studied zoology and lived in Pi Beta Phi sorority house. She earned her first M.A. in zoology at U of M in 1946 and her second, much later, in Education in 1983.

She had a long and loving teaching career, first teaching science at the Detroit Children’s Museum and then especially at Bell Elementary School, Detroit from 1968 to 1981.

She married Robert E. Waldron, the love of her life, in 1951, giving birth to three children, Margaret Adelaide, William Stone, and Mary Leslie. She resided in Grosse Pointe, MI until 1983, when she moved to Ann Arbor, MI.

She and Robert E. were divorced in 1970, which precipitated a series of inner and outer journeys, from an extensive engagement with C. G. Jung’s psychology to extended trips to India, Nepal, Japan and China. They happily remarried shortly before his death in 2000.

Helen and her cat, Ping, then moved to Silver Maples assisted living in Chelsea enjoying it from 2002 to 2017. She spent her last months at the beautiful Island Estates Assisted Living in Grass Lake. We are so very grateful for all the loving assistance she received in both places.

Though she suffered for 17 years with slowly progressing dementia, Helen never failed to endear those around her with her determined independence, her intelligence and her sassy sense of humor. She will be dearly missed by all that knew her.

Memorial services will begin at 2pm on Saturday, July 28, at Michigan Friends Center, 1125 Long Lake Rd, Chelsea, MI.

Memorial contributions can be made to www.detroitpal.org– a youth sports organization.

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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