Josephine Miller Averhart was born August 28, 1944 to the late Ethel Mae Miller and the late Ted Jones Miller in Greensboro, North Carolina. She was the second of three children and a resident of Westbury, New York for more than 61 years.
She began her education in the segregated Greensboro Public Schools until seventh grade, when her family moved to Westbury, New York in November 1956. She completed Junior High and Senior High schools in the Westbury School District, taking general education and business courses. Upon graduating from Westbury High School in 1962, she immediately began working for Control Data Corporation (IBM) learning to key punch entries for computers, a new technology, at that time. She learned quickly, excelled at completing entries for payroll and accounting functions and rapidly was promoted to supervisory positions. For many years, in addition to her regular job, she was in high demand to complete payroll and accounting for several large hotels and businesses. She was later employed by Publishers Clearing House as Data Processing Supervisor and then until the time of her passing, worked exclusively for Kintetsu World Express in accounting functions for 17 years through Access Staffing. In recognizing her, Access Staffing said, “Josephine is not one to sit still. She has taken on additional responsibilities since she started and is now supporting five managers and assisting with an accounting function that reaches around the world. She has proved to be such a great human being and has earned the respect of everyone many times over with her ”no fuss, just do it” attitude. In the world of CLONING …… the one associate we would want to clone is Josephine Averhart.”
In her early adult years, she was an avid shopper and on any given Saturday you could find her scouring stores in lower Manhattan looking for a great deal on clothing for her family members and herself. Josephine loved to cook and each Sunday, her home was full of family and friends enjoying her endless entrees and desserts. Her love and devotion to George, her partner of 22 years, her family and many friends is extraordinary. She always put them and others ahead of herself and her health. She didn’t want any of them to carry the burden of her sickness and quietly faced her destiny with dignity, courage and strength. She loved and was devoted to Westbury Community Church, where she was a member and trustee for many years and introduced her family to the word of God.
On February 24, 2018, after many years of struggles with stubborn and reoccurring cancers, her Heavenly Father called her home. She was preceded in death by her parents, older sister Shirley Miller Gaines and husband Floyd Averhart. She leaves to cherish the wonderful and giving life she lived: her brother Dr. Clarence Miller and sister-in-law Patricia Miller, Los Angeles; her daughter Karen Mingo and son-in-law Jimmy Mingo of Westbury; her daughter Cynthia Marshall and son-in-law Eric Marshall, Atlanta; her daughter Kimberly Averhart, Westbury; her partner and best friend George Duncan, Jr., Westbury; aunt Annie Mae Edwards, Wyandanch; beloved grandchildren and great grand children: Renessia, Janae, Jaquan, Tykim, Shawn, Kourtney, Kayla, Jahrel, Jalen, Ava; niece and nephews: Michael, Herbert, Jermel, Raheem, Alisha, Darrell, Cameron E, Tiffany, Jeremy, Cameron A., Rashaan, Arion, Evan, Charlee, Anthony: cousins: Thelma, Ralph, Denise; and, a very long list of long time friends and coworkers.