Chesapeake- Our beloved mother Mae Miller was welcomed with open arms by our Lord on Saturday, October 29, 2016. More than anything she loved her family, church family, and friends. She leaves behind her daughter Brenda Wigginton (Wes); her son George Berryman (Jean); four grandchildren, David Brown (Amanda), Ben Brown (Cindi), Katie Wigginton, and Alex Berryman; and two great grandchildren, Benjamin Brown and Noel Brown. She is also survived by six treasured siblings — three sisters and three brothers — and many devoted nieces and nephews, and is now reunited with her cherished sister Virgie Grubb. Special gratitude is due to the caregivers and staff at Heritage Hall of Virginia Beach for the last three years and to Mae’s in-home care by Judy Matlick prior to her move to Heritage Hall.
Born in Isaban (Mingo County) West Virginia on June 26, 1927 to George William Surber and Lydia Cline Surber, Mae was the oldest of eight children. She moved at the young age of 16 to Norfolk, Virginia and began working at the Norfolk Naval Base as a storekeeper. In later years, she also worked as a keypunch operator at the base. Her golden years were spent caring for her children and grandchildren, cooking at family gatherings (and always being the last to eat), blessing family with her gift of sewing, and giving joy to all who knew her. Her kindness to others will be one of the many blessed memories we carry forward in our hearts.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 12 at 11 a.m. at Woodland Heights Baptist Church on Providence Road in Chesapeake where Mae was a longtime member. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to her church.