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Lucille Miller died Monday, after a lifetime of service to her community as a renowned pianist and accompanist in the region.
Miller accompanied productions for the Lucille Ball Little Theater in Jamestown and the Junior Guilders, for local high school musicals, for entertainment at local nursing homes and a variety of other venues throughout his life.
Before retiring in 1992, Miller worked for The Post-Journal for 31 years. In 1982, Miller and Helen Merrill founded the Jr. Guilders organization. According to the Lucille Ball Little Theater, Miller has been a volunteer for more than 35 years, working with local youth and traveling across the United States and Europe with her children’s theater group.
The Lucille Ball Little Theater paid tribute to Miller’s decades of community service after learning of his passing this week.
“It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of our beloved Lucille Miller,” they said. “Lucy’s involvement in theater spans decades. She has devoted her time and immense talents to countless musicals, not only performing for rehearsals and performances, but also assembling and conducting numerous pit orchestras.
The Lucille Ball Little Theater described Lucille as “one of a kind” and says she will be “greatly failed” by each of the lives she touched during her time as an inspirational companion and member of the Jamestown community.
Courtney Grey, a member of the Lucille Ball Little Theater Junior Guilders, said she “never forget” the lessons “Aunt Lucia” taught him during his time with the Junior Guilders.
“She was one of the kindest and caring souls I know,” Gray said. “She was so committed to this community, and I know she will be sorely missed.”
Cameron Hurst, another Jamestown musician, has penned an inspirational tribute in Miller’s honor, detailing the impact she had on his life during her time at the Lucille Ball Little Theatre.
“Ask any musician and chances are they’ll smile when they talk about the accompanist they’ve worked with most often.” he said. “For hundreds of musicians in the Jamestown area, that person was Lucille Miller, and we’re all better for it. In the years since my involvement with the Little Theatre, it was never a surprise to see Lucy in the community, and the genuine smile and embrace she greeted me has never lost its luster.
As an active member of the community with decades of service to future generations of musicians and performers, Miller received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lucille Ball Little Theater, as well as the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Rotary Club. Miller was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Mozart Club.
“It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of local music legend, Lucille Miller,” the Chautauqua area community foundation wrote in a statement. “A model of love and support for many children whose musical and dancing talents she helped develop, Lucille was a dedicated volunteer at the Lucille Ball Little Theater in Jamestown and Jr. Guilders of the Lucille Ball Little Theater in Jamestown .” ?