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Zellamae Miles – January 2, 2018

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Zellamae Miles

On January 2, Susanville tragically lost Zellamae Miles, one of its leading residents, in an automobile accident.

Born October 17, 1926 to Zella and Medford Arnold, Zellamae was the granddaughter of Susan Roop and great-granddaughter of Susanville’s founder, Isaac Roop.

Proud of her pioneer roots, she served for nearly 15 years as a volunteer and museum docent for the Lassen County Historical Society. She volunteered each year at the Third Grade History Day and served two terms as Board President.

Zellamae was a member of the local chapter of PEO, a group which provides college scholarship support for young women, several book clubs, a stamping group and a tea group. She was vocal and active on local and national issues, particularly women’s rights, and was a frequent contributor to the Letters to the Editor section.

Early in her work life, she worked at Travis-Miles Meats. Later, she was one of Susanville’s successful real estate agents.

Zellamae was pre-deceased by her beloved husband of 56 years, Herald Miles. She is survived by her son Chuck and daughter Shireen. She was proud of her granddaughters Darcy Gleave, Aubrey Abbott and Charlotte Thori, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Because of her warmth and love of life, Zellamae was always surrounded by wonderful friends.

Zellamae will be honored at a Celebration of Life gathering on the afternoon of March 24th. Memorial gifts may be made to the Lassen Historical Society at P.O. Box 321, Susanville, CA 96130, to the PEO Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 164, Janesville, CA 96114 or to a charity or cause of your choice.


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9 Responses to Zellamae Miles – January 2, 2018

  1. Patricia Plummer

    Patricia Plummer

    Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at 12:39 am

    RIP. Also remember her from Travis and Miles meats.

  2. George Zangger

    George Zangger

    Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at 9:06 am

    amen i remember her from travis miles meats inside millers supermarket

  3. Jon Cross

    Jon Cross

    Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at 8:23 am

    One of the most impressive individuals I have ever met.

  4. Norma Garavaglia

    Norma Garavaglia

    Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at 2:41 am


  5. Siegrid Smith

    Siegrid Smith

    Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at 12:48 am

    I was able to meet Zellamae, when she came to hear me do a presentation, at Lassen High School, about my mother being a Holocaust survivor. She also was a very dear friend to my friend Janet Corey, who is the present president of the Lassen County Historical Society. Zellamae was a very wise woman and such a wonderful citizen of Susanville. I was blessed to have known her.

  6. Llaniss Dickinson

    Llaniss Dickinson

    Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    So Enjoyed Zellamae. Met her when I moved to Susanville in 1966. Susanville had lost one if its Shinning Lights.

  7. Liz Nicholson

    Liz Nicholson

    Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Beautiful woman. Rest In Peace Zellamae you will be greatly missed.

  8. Natalie Moody

    Natalie Moody

    Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    She was beautiful and amazing. Proud to have known her. Her beautiful blue eyes and warm personality. She use to visit Yuma AZ when I lived there I always looked forward to seeing her

  9. Elaine Schwall

    Elaine Schwall

    Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 11:23 am


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