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Rhoda Nicolson Miller

F, #420, b. 22 January 1934, d. 7 October 1999
Last Edited: 9 May 2020


Father*: Alexander Miller chiropodist b. 6 May 1897, d. 20 Dec 1978
Mother*: Kate Nicolson shirt maker b. 7 Oct 1899, d. 22 Sep 1956
Aunt of Patricia Catherine Adamson
  • Birth*: Rhoda Nicolson Miller was born on 22 January 1934 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, .1
  • She was the daughter of Alexander Miller chiropodist and Kate Nicolson shirt maker.
  • (Bride) Marriage*: Rhoda Nicolson Miller married Roy Philips Francis publisher on 22 September 1956 at Dundee, Scotland, .
  • (Deceased) Death*: Rhoda Nicolson Miller died on 7 October 1999 at Roxburghe House, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , at age 65 13 October 1999 - Funeral Dundee Crematorium at 10.15am, afterwards at Invercarse Hotel, Dundee.2
  • (Witness) Photograph: She is in this photograph taken on 7 February 1934 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , along with Alexander Miller chiropodist, Kate Nicolson shirt maker, Olive Miller, Catherine Nicolson Miller nursing sister, Marion Conway Miller obstetrician & gynaecologist and Hope Myra Conway Miller.3
    Probably taken to celebrate the baptism of their youngest daughter, Rhoda, which took place on February 7th, 1934
    L-R: Olive, Hope, Alec, Kate holding Rhoda, Marion, Kay
  • (Witness) Photograph: Rhoda Nicolson Miller is in this photograph taken circa 1938 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , along with Catherine Nicolson Miller nursing sister, Marion Conway Miller obstetrician & gynaecologist and Hope Myra Conway Miller Lady of 100 pockets.4
    Lady of 100 pockets L-R: Rhoda looking up, Kay looking down, Marion with eyes closed, Hope in front
  • (Witness) Photograph: Rhoda Nicolson Miller is in this photograph taken circa 1938 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , along with Alfred Henry Nicolson flesher, butcher, Catherine Reilly, Kate Nicolson shirt maker.3
    Back L-R: Catherine Reilly Nicolson, Alfred Henry Nicolson
    Front L-R: Molly Ormond, Rhoda Nicolson Miller, Kate Nicolson Miller
  • Photograph*: Rhoda Nicolson Miller is in this photograph taken circa 1944 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, .3
  • (Witness) Photograph: She is in this photograph taken in 1949 along with Alexander Miller chiropodist, Kate Nicolson shirt maker, William Ewan Conway, Adele Gertrude Aldridge, Audrey Malvina Conway and Marion Conway Miller obstetrician & gynaecologist.5
    Back : Audrey Malvina Conway, William Ewan Conway, Adele Gertrude Aldridge Conway, Kat Nicolson Miller, Alec Miller
    In front : Marion Conway Miller, Rhoda Nicolson Miller Francis
  • (Witness) Photograph: Rhoda Nicolson Miller is in this photograph taken on 1 July 1950 at St Paul's Church, Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , along with Kate Nicolson shirt maker, Olive Miller and Colin Joseph Lamoureux.6
    1st July 1950, St Pauls' Church, Nethergate, Dundee
    L-R Kate Nicolson Miller, Colin Joseph Lamoureux, Oliver Miller Lamoureux, Rhoda Nicolson Miller Francis
  • Photograph*: Rhoda Nicolson Miller and Hope Myra Conway Miller are in this photograph taken on 1 July 1950 at St Paul's Church, Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , along with Florence Annie Fisher Conway and Mary Fisher Conway howdie wife.6
    1st July 1950, St Pauls' Church, Nethergate, Dundee
    On their way to Kidd's Rooms, Nethergate, after the wedding ceremony
  • (Witness) Death: Rhoda Nicolson Miller lost her mother Kate Nicolson shirt maker on 22 September 1956 at 31 Farington Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; Kate Miller married to Alexander Miller chiropodist, 1956 September twenty second 7h 20m am 31 Farington Street Dundee, female aged 56 years, parents Alfred Henry Nicolson butcher master (dec) Catherine Nicolson ms Riley (dec), cause scirrhus of breast multiple metastases as cert by W Fyffe Dorward MBChB, signed W Ewan Conway cousin 16 Burn Street Dundee, registered 1956 September 22nd at Dundee J H Vaughan assistant registrar, initialed [Jsilby].7
  • Married Name: As of 22 September 1956, her married name was Francis.
  • (Witness) Obituary: Rhoda Nicolson Miller was mentioned in the Obituary of Alexander Miller chiropodist on 20 December 1978; Obituary Dundee "Courier & Advertiser" December 20th, 1978 reads: One of Dundee's first chiropodists and founder member of the Dundee branch of the Society of Chiropody has died following an illness.
    Mr Alexander Miller, 19 School Road, Dundee, died on Wednesday at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. He was 81.
    A native of Dundee, Mr Miller was educated at Blackness School, Dundee, before embarking on a course of studies leading to his qualification as a chiropodist.
    As there was no training in chiropody at that time, he studied the necessary medical subjects at Dundee School of Medicine during the 1920's gaining practical experience from colleagues in London.
    Mr Miller had a private practice in Perth Road, Dundee, for many years and retired in 1967.
    During the First World War he served as an orderly in the RAMC with the Black Watch and was taken prisoner in Germany.
    During the Second World War he was in charge of the ARP post at Hawkhill School, Dundee.
    Mr Miller was the Session Clerk at Tay Square Church until it closed, and was an elder of St Paul's.
    For many years he was chairman of the Dundee Boys and Girls Religious Association, and was involved in missionary work throughout the world.
    He is survived by his five daughters and his wife.8
  • (Spouse) Death: Her spouse Roy Philips Francis publisher died on 1 September 1981 at Wadenhoe, Northamptonshire, England, ; ashes to Dundee

    First name(s) ROY PHILLIPS
    Last name FRANCIS
    Gender Male
    Birth day 16
    Birth month 11
    Birth year 1928
    Age -
    Death quarter 3
    Death year 1981
    County Northamptonshire
    Volume 7
    Page 2410
    Country England
    Record set England & Wales deaths 1837-2007
    Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
    Subcategory Deaths & burials
    Collections from Great Britain.2,9
  • (Sibling) Death: Rhoda Nicolson Miller witnessed the death of Olive Miller on 7 August 2019 at St Albert Retirement Residence, 125 Everitt Drive, St Albert, Alberta, Canada, ; KEYES, Olive
    (Lamoureux Miller)
    Born February 11, 1922; passed on August 7, 2019. Mom was predeceased by her lovely sisters in Scotland and by her son Colin in 1981. She was also predeceased by her loving husband Henry Lamoureux and by second husband Murray Keyes. And by the many siblings and their spouses comprising Henry's family. She is survived by her daughters, Evelyn and Rhoda, and her son, Ian plus her daughter-in-law, Sandra and grandchildren, great- grandchildren and nieces and nephews too numerous to mention, both in Canada and Scotland. Mom was born in Dundee, Scotland, where she lived until being whisked away to Canada by Henry along with two very young children (Evelyn and Ian), to begin a new life in a completely unfamiliar country. Happily, she was warmly embraced by Henry's rather large family. Mom was a remarkable woman who lived an unremarkable life. It's likely fair to say that Mom never uttered an unkind word about anyone (even if deserved). We are very sorry to lose this special lady but we take comfort knowing that she was prepared to go and that we had her with us for longer than we ever thought possible. We are grateful for the care provided by St. Albert Retirement Residence, where Mom spent the last few months of her life. We are also immensely grateful to Dr. Sadia Shakil simply stated, the care and support she provided to Mom far exceeded what one could reasonably expect from a care provider. This note of remembrance could not conclude without expressing profound gratitude to Evelyn and Rhoda for the extraordinary devotion shown by both to Mom over the years. Rhoda, in particular, was tireless in helping attend to Mom's needs upon her relocation to St. Albert. Pursuant to Mom's wishes, and in keeping with her humble nature. There will not be a funeral service nor a celebration of life. Following Cremation her remains will be interred in the family plot in Lamoureux, Alberta.
    Published on August 13, 2019.10


  • (Witness) History: Five into One –Tay Square Church. Tay Square traces its origins to the secessions of the eighteenth century. From 1743, School Wynd Secession Church flourished, but in 1832, a group of members, dissatisfied over the nomination of a new minister, disjoined to form Tay Square United Secession Church, entering their new church in 1834. Rev. Robert Wardrope, 1807-1840 was called in 1832 to be minister of School Wynd Church, but in consequence of a dispute in that congregation the call was not sustained. Those who supported him left the church, and were formed into a separate congregation —Tay Square —and they at once called Mr Wardrope, but his delicate health prevented his acceptance of the call. He died when only 33 years of age. Still in the church archives, this silhouette of Rev. Robert Wardrope was lent by its owner, Andrew Roxburgh, to be exhibited in the “Old Dundee” exhibition of 1892-93 –held in the Albert Institute (now McManus Galleries).

    The first minister, the Rev. J R McGavin, was elected in 1875 as Moderator of the United Presbyterian Synod. The second, the Rev. Dr Charles Jerdan, became Principal Clerk of the United Free Church General Assembly. Under these two ministers, Tay Square became one of the foremost congregations in the United Presbyterian Church. Mission activities centred on the West Port, Artillery Lane and Hawkhill, the last leading to the founding in 1876 of Hawkhill United Presbyterian Church, which united with Tay Square in 1903.

    Such community interests were extended onto a national scale by the Rev. John Mansie, who as Convener of the Assembly Committee on Social Problems, was largely responsible for the establishment in 1931 of the Belmont Castle Eventide Home. After the union of Tay Square and St. Paul's in 1952, the Tay Square building was reopened as St. Paul's Halls by Mrs Jarvis, wife of the Very Rev. Ernest D Jarvis and daughter of the Rev. John Reid, a former Tay Square minister.

    © Meadowside St. Paul’s 2017. All rights reserved.11
    Tay Square Church - from the book Tay Square Church, Dundee, A Centenary in Retrospect, 1832-1932 [PCC Jun 2017]


  1. [S14] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory Birth 1934 Dundee St Mary & St Peter ref 282/1 95
    and/or Broughty Ferry 282/5 24 [Mar 2017].
  2. [S6] PCC.
  3. [S43] PCC.
  4. [S43] MHT.
  5. [S43] PCC photographic collection.
  6. [S133] Interview with unknown informant (unknown informant address). Unknown repository (unknown repository address), CNM DGA Wedding Album [1950].
  7. [S11] DCC Registry Office: Extract of an Entry in a Register of Deaths; Burgh of Dundee; #DC(P)6450 [15 June 2006], Dundee City Council Registrar, Commercial Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland. Hereinafter cited as DCC Registry Office.
  8. [S32] Newspaper Article, Courier & Advertiser, Dundee 20 Dec 1978.
  9. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) England & Wales deaths 1837-2007 Transcription
    URL of this page: http://search.findmypast.co.uk/record?id=BMD/D
    /1981/3/AZ/000342/070&_ga=1.204648599.609718925.1433620489 [May 2016].
  10. [S32] https://edmontonjournal.remembering.ca/obituary/olive-keyes-1076537129 [Aug 2019].
  11. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) https://www.mspdundee.co.uk/publications
    https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/5b5054_4efe5d38a65442948fd3e5ad25a55cf3.pdf [May 2019].