The Beacon Deacon: Tribute to Zettie Miller


Stockton’s City Planning Commission on Feb. 13 approved an 82-unit project by unanimous decision, to serve the elderly low-income and special needs population.

Located on the campus of Unity Southern Baptist Church on 1545 Rose Marie Lane, the Zettie Miller Haven is a tribute to the memory of Zettie Mae (Rivers) Miller (10/1/1940 -5/24/2007), for her dedicated service to her church, family, and the community-at-large, by decree of the church congregation and, pastor emeritus, Bob Hailey, (retired).

< p>< p>“Mother was a very forth-right person, with a firm belief in, God,” said her daughter Yvette Warren-Moore. “When asked for her opinion on any subject, everyone knew she was going to be truthful. If you really didn’t want to know the truth, don’t ask.”

She lived by her personal motto, “All things are possible, if you just have faith.”

An education assistant for over 30 years at King and Lottie Grunsky elementary schools, Miller touched the lives of many students as she displayed a passion for teaching and helping them excel with their studies.

An inspiration to co-workers and fellow educators alike, she maintained a professional stature in the workplace. Always combining a sense of humor with a humble outlook on life, she literally made those around her share a real zeal for life.

“At Unity Southern, she was a pianist, sang in the choir, served as a church trustee and presided over the Pastor’s Aid Committee,” said Pastor Bob Hailey. “Her love for God and understanding of His Word was a true gift.”

Developer Vernell Hill Jr., CEO of Service First of Northern California, has advised Pastor Hare and the church Board of Directors that he is progressively moving to secure the remaining tax credits for the budgeted $18 million Zettie Miller Haven project.


When the money is secured, construction should begin later this year, with completion scheduled for 2016. Pastor Hare advised the church remodeling should be on a similar schedule.


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