Joyce C. Miller

Joyce Cameron Miller, 88, of Palatka, passed from this life peacefully at her home following an extended illness. 

A native of Live Oak, she resided in Palatka since 1966, moving here from Orlando. Joyce was a loving and supportive mother to her children and a dedicated member of St. Monica Catholic Church, where she was active in the Ladies Guild. She was very involved in the community and gave of her time and talent in serving on numerous boards including Barry Manor Retirement Villas; Putnam Behavioral Health Care, where she assisted in the establishment of the detox center; and served on the foundation board of Bethune-Cookman University. She worked tirelessly on the steering committees for the establishment of the Putnam County Better Place Plan and building of the Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center. In years past, she was involved with 4-H programs. Politically, Joyce was a devout Democrat but likewise hosted many fundraising events at her home for candidates of other parties when she felt their candidacy could likewise benefit the citizens of Putnam County. 

Joyce’s love for the community was never more evident than through her philanthropic spirit. The number of individuals and scores of nonprofit organizations she supported over the years will be forever grateful for her belief of trying to leave the world and community a better place through blessing others. 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Alec Zumbar; her second husband, John W. Miller Sr.; her parents, John R. Cameron and Mary Eunice Law Cameron; and her siblings, John R. “Jake” Cameron, Cecil Cameron, Ray Cameron, Travis Combs and Bo Cameron.

Joyce is survived by her children, Jeff Zumbar (Linda) of Palatka, Randy Zumbar (Debbie) of Green, Ohio, Melissa Miller (Huntley Johnson) of Micanopy, Liz Laibl (Chip) of Palatka and John W. Miller Jr. of Gainesville; grandchildren, Zach Zumbar (Sheila), Landon Zumbar (Toni), Meagan Saathoff (Jake), Cory Zumbar, Huntley Johnson III, Cameron June Johnson, George Laibl III, John W. Miller III, Allyson Laibl and Harley Miller; and eight great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian burial will be a celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at St. Monica Catholic Church with Father Ron Camarda as officiant. Graveside committal and entombment will be 3 p.m. Friday at St. Johns Cemetery in Crescent City. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka. Flowers are gratefully accepted or memorial donations can be sent to a favorite charity.

Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Joyce’s Book of Memories page at 

Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.

Palatka Daily News

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