Advocate for senior citizens dies at 108
Louise Miner, an 80-year Mountain View resident who helped launch many of the city's senior programs, died Aug. 30, one month after celebrating her 108th birthday.
A memorial service for Miner is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1667 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.
Miner was actively involved at First Presbyterian, and her creation of the church's Fifty/Fifty Club for seniors in 1957 was a springboard for the city's senior programs, said her son, John Miner. She was a member and director of the volunteer-led Mountain View Senior Citizens Club that organized trips and events to complement the city's senior programming, said the city's recreation supervisor.
Born in 1903, she met her future husband, Nagel Miner, in 1921 during their senior year at Santa Cruz High School. The couple married in 1926. Miner worked as a teacher at Highway Elementary School and the Dana Street School in Mountain View through the years of the Great Depression and beyond. The couple bought a house on Loreto Street and had three children. Miner continued working as a school teacher and volunteered as a Girl Scout leader while raising her family.
In her 80 years as a member of First Presbyterian, she held a number of lay positions, and served as choir director during the 1950s, her family said. She encouraged attendance and provided rides to services, leading a number of people to credit Miner with bringing them into the church, her son said. She had a love of music, and wrote songs and poetry, and enjoyed painting, her family said.
In 1958, when her husband stepped down as president of Golden Gate University and became the dean of foreign studies, Miner became involved in organizing activities, trips and parties for the college's foreign students, her family said. The couple became the "American parents" for many foreign students, and spent their retirement years traveling the world to visit former students and their families.
In 1986, she and her husband received Mountain View's Community Service Award in recognition of their work on behalf of senior citizens, her son said. The couple worked as a team throughout their 70-plus-year marriage, supporting each other's activities and actively working to promote housing and nutritional programs for seniors, her family said.
In 1997, she was preceded in death by her husband, Nagel Miner. She is survived by their three children, Barbara, Mary and John; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations be made to the Nagel T. Miner Endowed Scholarship Fund for International Students at Golden Gate University, Office of University Advancement, 536 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105, attn: Elizabeth Brady.