Born October 27, 1933 in Locust Grove Georgia, Reetha was the third of four children that blessed the
home and hearts of Roy and Ada (Stewart) Moore. Both parents preceded her in death along with her
older sister Nellie Ruth McQueen and a younger brother Sidney Moore. Reetha confessed her love for
Jesus Christ at the tender age of 8 and was baptized by Pastor J.M. Stephens of New Hope Baptist Church
in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Reetha attended Cincinnati Public Schools as a child and graduated from Woodward High School in 1951.
She then went on to attend Claude V. Courter Technical High School of Practical Nursing. Reetha
graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse on December 16, 1965. She was one of the few African American
students to graduate as an LPN. Ironically, Courter Tech is now known as Cincinnati State Technical and
Community College, where her youngest daughter Jackie is currently a professor in the Health and Public
Reetha’s first nursing job was with General Hospital (currently known as UC Medical Center), from 1966
– 1972. After leaving the hospital she worked for the Department of Tuberculosis Control of Hamilton
County as a field nurse from July 1972 to October 1993. Reetha went door to door administering TB
vaccinations, a technique she perfected by practicing on her three oldest children. Reetha retired from her
position on her birthday, October 27, 1993. She went on to work various part-time jobs at local nursing
home facilities in Cincinnati, caring for the elderly. Reetha’s last position was with The Covenant of the
Transfiguration where she cared for retired Catholic Nuns.
Charter member and president of the IDOMI Elk Temple #1287. During her presidency, Reetha formed a
sister group called the Pioneers Feds Club. Pioneers worked with seniors and the elderly providing meals,
rides to doctor appointments, trips and an Annual Seniors Ball. Reetha served as president of the
organization for 7 years form 1978 – 1985.
Reetha was reared in New Hope Baptist Church. She served in various ministries; BYPU a youth bible
study group, member of Inspirational Choir and the Deaconess ministry. Reetha in her later years joined
New St. Paul Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop David Thomas, Sr. She was a charter member
of the Mothers Ministry. A role she treasured serving faithfully until her health failed.
Reetha was very comedic. She always had a comeback and something witty to say. She had the talent of
asking you 20 million questions in one-minute flat: “Well who said that? Why did you do that? What
happened to make you do that?” She was also very direct- what came up, came out! But mostly, Reetha
was very charismatic and had a way of drawing people to her which resulted in her having many, many
special relationships over the years.
Reetha worked hard, long hours and most weekends to provide for her family. She put all four of her
children through college on her own. She loved life, laughter and family. She shared her love to travel with
her cousin Tommie Clyde Lewis and her love of cards with her card partner in crime, Cousin Doris
Brunner. She hosted many pinochle card parties where the two of them would often be accused of
cheating by popping their gum as signals. She will be dearly missed and highly celebrated 4L!
Reetha Moore Miller departed this earth on July 13, 2021 at 87 years old. She leaves to cherish her
memory and continue her legacy: her loving brother, Troy Moore, (Fontana, CA) who affectionately called
her his “Sister -Mom”. Four children: Dianne Dozier, Kenneth Turner, Cynthia Turner and Jacqueline
Turner. Three grandchildren: Gerrie Danielle Dozier, Kenneth Turner Jr. and Jada Renee Turner. Three
great grandchildren: Kenzie and Malachi Turner and Gionni Wesley Ellis. Reetha was blessed to have a
bonus granddaughter, Lesa Michelle Baker (Steven) and two bonus great granddaughters, Ciara LaDawn
Smith and Camryn Michelle Smith. Her oldest nephew, Russell McQueen and family, with whom she had
a special relationship that always kept her laughing. Reetha also leaves a host of cousins, nieces and
nephews to mourn her passing.
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