Celestine Barnett Waters

Administrative Assistant

Celestine Barnett Waters, 60, a former administrative assistant with District of Columbia public schools who later became a church secretary, died June 9 of a heart attack at Prince George's Hospital Center. She was a resident of Washington.

Mrs. Waters was born in Baltimore and grew up in Pomonkey. She attended Cortez W. Peters Business College in Washington.

She worked as a secretary for Charles County public schools before she became an administrative assistant with D.C. public schools in 1965. She retired in 1991.

In 1997, Mrs. Waters became the church secretary at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church and worked there until her death.

She enjoyed pets, particularly dogs, and flowers, especially roses, and loved to travel.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Washington.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Gerald W. Waters of Washington; a son, Gerald W. Waters Jr.; four sisters, Jacqueline Barnes of Upper Marlboro, Yvonne Hairston-Branson of Brandywine, Sydney Hodson of Anne Arundel and Patricia Mercer of Pomonkey; and two brothers, Robert Barnett of Washington and Sidney Barnett of New York.

Luella Miller


Luella Miller, 66, a former office manager, homemaker and volunteer in Alexandria, died of cancer June 18 at her home in Fort Myers, Fla.

Mrs. Miller lived in Alexandria from 1973 until 1993, working at a fabric store and in a doctor's office until she became the full-time office manager for the now-closed Window Dressings store. She later became a full-time homemaker.

Mrs. Miller was born in Centerville, Iowa, and attended Northeast Missouri State College in Kirksville, Mo. She married, and the family moved to Louisiana, Arkansas, Nebraska and Massachusetts before arriving in Northern Virginia.

While in this area, Mrs. Miller was a member of bridge groups and bowling leagues and volunteered at schools.

The family moved to Fort Myers in 1993.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Clayton Miller of Fort Myers; three daughters, Barbara Kerby of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Susan Miller of Houston and Nancy Ferris of Oakland, Calif.; two sisters; and a grandson.