Hermelinda Miller (Lopez) was born in Bluetown, Texas on October 27, 1944 to Manuel and Manuela Lopez (Vega). Hermelinda moved to Ohio as a young woman and married Douglas Miller, who was by her side again at the end of her life. She is survived by her brother Juan Lopez, her daughter Nina Fakhori (Aarash), her two grandsons, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Hermelinda dedicated her life to helping others. As a social worker for over 20 years, she put her energy into the prevention of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of Albuquerque's elderly. Hermelinda was actively involved and at one time presided over the local chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). She is fondly remembered for teaching young children how to read Braille and teaching young adults how to use their white canes. Hermelinda was also an activist who marched for worker's rights with local chapters of the labor union - securing fair wages, access to healthcare, and retirement benefits for state employees.
Hermelinda won several awards over her lifetime. In 1977, she received the Outstanding Woman of Toledo award for her work in the community while studying for her Master's degree. In 2008, the NFB presented her with the Dr. Jacob Bolotin award for over 40 years of grass roots contributions and mentorship within the blind community. She was truly a remarkable woman and an incredible advocate for those in need.
Even though Hermelinda moved away from family at a young age, she remained everyone's favorite Tia! May we all remember her love of God, music, dancing, and her adventures at the casinos. Our beloved partner, mother, grandmother, sister, tia, and friend will be missed dearly.
In light of the current pandemic, we are delaying a memorial until it is safe to gather with loved ones. The family asks that you share a story, picture, or send a card to Douglas Miller at their home or to her daughter overseas at:
CMR 411, Box 5665
APO, AE 09112
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider donating to the National Federation of the Blind at https://www.nfb.org/donate in Hermelinda's name.