Sister Mary Elsie Miller, IHM

Sister Mary Elsie Miller, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died Monday at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Daughter of the late Martin Joseph and Iona Callis Miller, she was born on October 26, 1917 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. She entered the IHM Congregation on Sept. 8, 1937, made her temporary profession of vows on May 7, 1940, and her final profession of vows on Aug. 1, 1943.

Sister Mary Elise served as a teacher at  the following schools: St. Matthew Elementary School in East Stroudsburg, from 1940 to 1944; St. John Elementary School in Scranton, from 1944 to 1945; St. Rose Elementary School in Carbondale, from 1951 to 1953; St. Mary Elementary School in Hollidaysburg, from 1967 to 1968; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Asbury Park, NJ; as well as at schools located in Forest Hills, NY; and Baltimore, MD.

Sister served as principal at St. John Elementary School in Scranton, from 1961 to 1967; Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School in Forty Fort, from 1959 to 1961; and St. Joseph High School in New Bern, NC, from 1958 to 1959.

She also served as librarian at Marywood College in Scranton, from 1976 to 1980 and from 1981 to 1992; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD; at schools located in Williamsport and Pittsburgh, PA.

From 2001 until the time of her death, she served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, a Master of Science degree in religious education, and a Master of Science degree in librarianship, all from Marywood College.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Martin Joseph, Jr., William, and Martin James; and a sister, Catherine. 

She is survived by a sister, Rosalie Beatty of Tire Hill, PA; nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Friday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at the Marian Convent followed by interment in the Miller Family Plot at St. John's Cemetery in Bellefonte, PA.  Friends may call at the Marian Convent on Thursday, March 31, between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.