Obituary: Patricia Margaret (Miller) Hampton

Grandmother, devoted to family, the Catholic Church, taco maker extraordinaire

On June 15, 2021, Patricia Margaret (Miller) Hampton, loving wife and mother of two children, died peacefully at the age of 72.

Patricia was born on August 8, 1949 in Erie, Pennsylvania to Vincent Joseph Miller and Helen Katherine (Lochran) Miller. In 1953 her family relocated to Pomona, where her father took a job with General Electric.

She attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated from Pomona Catholic High School. She worked in the emergency room at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center for many years and eventually became one of the best known volunteers to her community. She was also a regular at all of her children’s and grandchildren’s many activities.

“Patty Margaret,” as so many called her, had many hobbies, including bowling with her beloved husband John for many years, making costumes for her children’s and various family members’ dance and sporting events. She was always a stage and sideline figure at her family’s numerous performances and events.

She was also longtime member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church’s Sew and Sew Club. “Over the years she must have made over a million crocheted blankets for family, friends, animals, and the church,” her family shared. For every new baby for her friends and children’s friends she would always gift them one of her “Patty blankets.”

She was most famously known for her delicious tacos; she would make hundreds at a time to feed anyone and everyone who came to enjoy them. “Still without sharing the ‘one secret ingredient,’ which to this day is still believed to be just her love,” her family added.

“We will remember Patricia for being a true, extremely loyal friend and mother to many, for her compassion and empathy, her love of Disneyland, the Raiders, I Love Lucy, her favorite movie Steel Magnolias, cats and dogs,” her family said. “But her favorite above all was spending time with her grandchildren.”

She is survived by her husband, John Hampton; children, Eric Miller, Shelley Eschleman (David Eschleman); and grandchildren Eric Miller, Lillyana Miller, Brayden Eschleman, and Evielynne Eschleman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Helen Miller; brother Vincent; and sisters Joyce McNeal and Lorraine Haffenbrack.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 12 at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 435 N. Berkeley Ave., Claremont.

“In lieu of flowers please light a candle in honor of this amazing woman,” her family shared.

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