Helen Fern Curtis Miller passed from this life on July 31, 2011, to join her loving husband, Stanley. After 65 years of marriage, they were only apart for three and a half months.
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Helen was born Dec. 17, 1926, at home near Manhattan, to Tom and Fern Curtis and was the youngest of four children. Helen was always extremely proud of her Curtis heritage as her relatives were some of the original settlers in the Gallatin Valley during the 1860s.
After graduating from Belgrade High School in 1944, she married her high school sweetheart, Stanley Miller, and began her life's journey as a devoted wife, mother and homemaker.
In 1959 the young family moved to the north side of Rupert, Idaho, where the adventure began as they transformed their desert homestead from sagebrush into a thriving irrigated farm. During this time Helen was also employed as a program assistant by the USDA-ASCS office in Rupert until she retired in 1988.
Following her retirement, she continued to fill her days with gardening, knitting, crocheting, sewing, playing bridge and square dancing. She was also able to spend more time with her beloved children and their families.
In 2004 Stanley and Helen left the family farm and moved to Twin Falls to be closer to family. Helen was a long-time and committed member of the National Secretaries Association and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Stanley, her parents, two brothers and their spouses.
She is survived by her son, David Miller; daughters, Marcia Miller and Nancy (Galen) Hieb; grandchildren: Brandon (Christina) Miller, Danna Cox, Lodie Steen, Rebecca (Marc) Ramsey, Sara Hieb, John (Leslie) Hieb, Michael Hieb; and seven great-grandchildren. Helen is also survived by her sister, Alice Cook, and a large extended family in the Gallatin Valley.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at Rosenau Funeral Home & Crematory in Twin Falls, Idaho, with a reception to follow.
Burial for Stanley and Helen will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Meadowview Cemetery in Manhattan, followed by a reception at the Comfort Inn in Bozeman.
Family and friends may share their memories of Helen at www.rosenaufuneralhome.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 5, 2011