Ms. Deirdre Edna Miller-MoseselJanuary 8, 1952 ~ May 19, 2019 (age 67)
Dee was born on January 8, 1952, in New York City, to the late George Elwood Miller, Jr. and the late Naomi Esther Miller. Deirdre Edna Miller-Mosesel transitioned on Sunday, May 19, 2019.
Deirdre, affectionately called “DeeDee”, grew up in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York and spent many summers on her great-grandmother and namesake’s farm in Dunkirk, Indiana. Shortly after graduating from Washington Irving High School, DeeDee became wife of the late James Mosesel, Sr. As an army wife, she traveled the world with her husband and their three beautiful children, Devon, Delores, and James Jr.
After many years as a traveling military spouse, DeeDee relocated to Chicago. She received a degree in Political Science and History from Barat College. There, she received many honors including the Governor’s Award. Passing on her love of knowledge and history, she became a teacher. DeeDee was extremely active in the community, starting an after school tutoring program for the local elementary school children. She was also instrumental in the creation of a GED prep program at the local community college. Retiring from education did not slow down her teaching spirit. She later became a customer service manager and trainer.
DeeDee retired from working full time and relocated to South Carolina with her family. Her giving spirit continued through volunteering and spending time with her loved ones; especially her favorite companion, Bacon. She spent countless hours teaching and sharing history with all who crossed her path.
DeeDee enjoyed all sports and was an avid football fan. She was a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She spent many hours sideline coaching her grandsons during their games. DeeDee made sure to be a cheerleader at all her grandchildren's sports, education activities and graduations.
DeeDee had a passion for politics. She was not afraid or ashamed to share her opinion with anyone who asked. She loved reading books of all genres and was the “grammar police” always preaching, “Don't say ain’t”. DeeDee always advised that we should walk in our truth. DeeDee had a great sense of humor, was very outspoken, and did not take any mess.
DeeDee is joining her late son James, Jr.; her parents, George and Naomi; and a host of ancestors in transition.
DeeDee is survived by her children, Devon Mosesel and Delores (Hameen) Shabazz; her six grandchildren, Kyana Atkins, Brianna Wade, Kayla Atkins, Marcus Wade, Donovan White, and Elisha White; great-grandson, Justin Witherspoon; brother, George (Ingrid) Miller III of Virginia; sister, Luvilla Butler of Georgia; nephews, Sean (Berednice) Miller of Maryland, and Simeon (Arleesa) Miller of Maryland; her niece, Olivia Badie of Georgia; her beloved great-nieces, Haylee, DeAysia, Maliyah; great-nephew, Simeon Jr.; bonus mother, Laverne of Florida; and a host of loving cousins, other family members, and friends.