Virginia Lee Miller-Ely

Virginia Lee Miller-Ely, 69, of Clermont, Fla., passed away March 19, 2013, at South Lake Hospital.

She was born Aug. 21, 1943, in Shamokin, Pa., daughter of the late Winifred (Powell) and Walter Miller. Virginia had resided in Clermont as a homemaker the past 14 years, previously living in Williamsport, Pa.

She is survived by her husband of 19 years, Karl Joseph Ely Jr., Clermont; two daughters, Denise (Bob) Cardillo and grandchildren, Angie and Matt Loyalsock, Pa.; and Jennifer (Jim) Treese and two granddaughters, Aurora of Montoursville, Pa., and Jenna, mom of great-granddaughter, Lillie, both of Reno, Nev.; sister, Donna (Richard) Clark of Manchester, Mich. Virginia is also survived by sister-in-law, Barbara Fullmer of Cogan Station, Pa.; and brother-in-law, Richard (Brenda) Ely of San Jose, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

Virginia was a beautiful woman who touched the lives of so many people with her abundant love, compassion, grace, unwavering faith and bright spirit. She found extreme joy in doing anything she could to guide and help those around her. Her favorite activities included reading, writing, photography, making crafts and spending time with her family, friends and pets.

In memory of her passion for rescuing so many of her beloved pets, the family suggests memorial contributions in her name be sent to South Lake Animal League (a no kill shelter), P.O. Box 121504, Clermont, FL 34712.

A Celebration of Life service will be held in Pennsylvania at the convenience of the family. Becker Family Funeral Home, Clermont, Fla., phone 352-394-7121. Guestbook at

Submitted by family.