Vera Lee Miller- Trotter, 79, passed away on October 1, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. She was the widower of Albert Lee Trotter.
Vera Lee Miller was born on November 5,1940 to the parentage of L.C. Miller and Louise Caruthers in Dallas, Texas. Her mother, having raised four children alone, was brought up in meager means. She was no stranger to hard work and sacrifice. During her upbringing, she faced many challenges set to break her down, especially during the Civil Rights Era, but that did not stop her from pursuing her life goals. When she became independent, she started her own business to provide for herself and later on her three beautiful children, Dwayne, Robin, and Leah, who adored her. They were the light of her life, and she persevered to instill the values of that she held dear. Raising her three children alone, she had little time for nonsense. She was a loving and caring mother to her children, but she made sure that her kids stuck to the rules she had set. Education was always a priority for her. She opened their eyes to different experiences and cultures despite their economical means. As a result of her teachings, all three of her children were college graduates. Later in life, she involved herself heavily in her community. She was instrumental in helping build several community center programs and advocated involvement in civic affairs like voting and local politics. Sister Vera, as she was known in her community, became the go-to person for grievances and continued to advocate for all people especially for seniors. She made sure that seniors remained vital and active in community affairs. It was of utmost importance to her to advocate for seniors who didn’t have a voice. After her children blossomed and spread their wings, she was able to focus to on her beautiful grandchildren when they came into the world. She continued to have her loving hand in their upbringing. From holidays, to recitals, to sports games, she showed her zest for love and her family. Nothing could keep her from being ever present in their lives. She was a matriarchal figure of ages. Her elegance and class exuded from every vessel in her body. She was loving, yet firm, decisive, and an incredibly good listener. She was a powerful, courageous, and tenacious woman until her very last day. She was the epitome of what it means to be a strong black woman. She will be loved for eternity and missed until she is reunited with her loved ones in paradise.
She is survived by her son Dwayne Houston (Michelle) of Houston, TX and daughter Leah Trotter-Dowdell (Fred III) of Alexandra, Virginia; Grandchildren: Evan Overton (John Keenan) of Alexandra, Virginia; Madelyne Michele Houston of Houston, TX and Miles Jaden D’Antonio of Stafford, Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her parents: L.C. Miller and Louise Caruthers, Daughter: Robin Murage, Brother; Walter, Raymond Miller and Sister Mary Jean Miller and her only great grandson Ezra Michael Overton.