First ever Metro School Mom Crossing Guard passes away

Janie Miller

Janie Miller

Beloved crossing guard and school mom, Ms. Janie Miller, passed away last week at the age of 90.

The Metro Police School Crossing Guard Section has been responsible for the safekeeping of children and pedestrians in school zones throughout Davidson County since 1951. Miller was one of the first School Crossing Moms in Nashville and actually worked as a School Mom for over 60 years.

She prided herself in creating the safest environment possible for children by making sure they crossed the intersections safely. But many say she went above and beyond her crossing guard duties by being a true friend and confidant.

Though Ms. Miller had three children and 22 grandchildren of her own, she treated every child like they were family.

“The kids at all the locations that she was stationed at loved her very much. She to many was a mother, an aunt, a grandmother [and] just a loving person,” said retired Lt. William Cunningham with the Metro Nashville Police Department.

Just two years ago, Mrs. Miller was honored by Mayor Karl Dean and Police Chief Anderson for her years of service on the 60th anniversary of the school-crossing program. She died at her home in Nashville with her daughter Karen Pillow and her grandson Greg Pillow by her side. Pillow, 39, said she was an outstanding and caring lady.

“If you knew her you knew you had somebody you could talk to. She never placed judgment,” said Pillow.

“Nashville has truly lost a wonderful, caring and loving lady. Going to school each day she [would] watch over all her children, and we felt the sincerity of her love. God has called an angel home and we thank you for sharing your mom with the north Nashville children. It was a joy to see her smile,” Patricia Monyei of Nashville posted to Ms. Miller’s children on her guestbook.

If you have a story you would like to share about Ms. Miller you can post it on Ms. Miller’s guestbook at .