United Hero:  Nicole Carol Miller

Nicole Carol Miller

Nicole Miller Nicole Carol Miller
21 years old
San Jose, CA

The following biography, photo, and poem were sent to us by Nicole's father and step-mother, David and Catherine Miller:

Nicole Carol Miller was born March 4, 1980, in San Jose, California. She lived all her life in San Jose, attending Allen Elementary School, Bret Harte Middle School, and Pioneer High School, where she graduated in 1998. At Pioneer High School, Nicole was a good student. She was on the championship varsity swimming/diving team in her freshman and sophomore years. She played softball all four years of high school, winning a softball college scholarship in her senior year. After high school, Nicole continued to be an athlete who loved to work out, hike, play softball, ride horses, and jog.

On the Dean's List at West Valley College in Saratoga, California while working her way through college, Nicole was finishing up her last eight units. She planned to transfer to California State University, Chico or California State University, San Jose in January 2002, where she was expecting to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree.

Nicole had a wonderful outlook on life. Her brilliant smile lit up entire rooms and her loving personality made everyone, including strangers, feel right at home. It would be natural for her to give her life for another's and that she did, bravely and heroically, along with the crew and passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.

Nicole is survived by her father, David J. Miller; stepmother, Catherine M. Miller; mother, Cathy M. Stefani; stepfather, Wayne Stefani Sr.; and her siblings, Tiffney M. Miller, David S. Miller, Danielle L. Miller, Wayne Stefani Jr., Joshua R. D. Tenorio, and Anthony D. Tenorio.

Nicole and David Miller

"How I Love Thee My Nicole"

When the thoughts of you come into my mind

Its as if a breeze has passed throught our rose garden and the sweet savory I smell

The taste of roses upon my tongue bring the sweetness of your memory to my mind

It comes upon me as the morning dew weighs the roses down

Smooth and pleasant are the thoughts of you, as the petals of a rose

And once again I am nourished with your love

Dedicated to the memory of Nicole Carol Miller. Written by David James Miller, Nicole's Father, on September 11, 2001.

Nicole Carol Miller also has a website set up by a gentleman who survived the WTC: www.nicolemillermemorial.com

For the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's biography of Nicole Miller, click here. There is also more about Nicole at Flight93.org.

A Nicole Miller Scholarship Fund has been established. You can send your donations to:

West Valley/Mission College Foundation
Attn: Nicole C. Miller Scholarship Fund
14000 Fruitvale Ave.
Saratoga, CA 95070