HELENA Freda Rose (Chapman) Miller, 98, of Helena, died of natural causes Wednesday, March 20, at her apartment in Helena.
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Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 26. Memorial service celebrating Freda's life is 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Touchmark, 915 Saddle Dr. A family gathering will be held at a later date in Chinook.
She was born on Nov. 17, 1914, to Oris and Mabel (Ekemier) Chapman. She married Leslie R. Miller on May 19, 1934.
Les and Freda spent most of their married life on a ranch in the Bears Paw Mountains in Lloyd. In 1959, they retired and moved into Chinook. In 1971, Freda and Les began spending their winters in Mesa, Ariz. where they thoroughly enjoyed the warm weather and playing cards with their many friends. Les passed away in 1998, at their home in Mesa. In 2011, Freda moved to Helena, residing at Touchmark where she enjoyed spending time with new friends and family until her death.
Freda was a great cook and enjoyed entertaining. Freda loved spending time with family, listening to music (especially Lawrence Welk) and watching people dance. Recently, Freda's favorite pastimes were watching a good game of cards, putting puzzles together, playing with young children and going out to eat. Her favorite drink was a Colorado Bulldog.
Preceding Freda in death were her husband, Leslie; an infant daughter, Shirley; three, brothers; and one sister.
Surviving Freda are her two sons, Max (Leah) Miller of Chinook and Gary (Shirley) Miller of Clancy; five granddaughters, Thea (George) VanCampen, Lisa (Gus) Christopoulos, Debbie (Terry) Churchill, Teri (Roche) Juneau and Mitzi Miller (Martin) Bain; nine great-grandchildren, Cole and Kyle VanCampen, Kelsey and Ryan Christopoulos, Philip Churchill, Sara Juneau, Chase Juneau, Kate Bain and Andrew Bain. two sisters, Dorothy Obie and Marietta Mosser both of Chinook; and many nieces and nephews.
The family gives Special Thanks to Marie Lavinder and Renee Little, who lovingly cared for Freda, made sure she always looked good and participated in the things she enjoyed most. The family also wants to thank the staff and friends at Touchmark and The Salon at Touchmark for their love and friendship.
Flowers and memorials may be sent to Touchmark, to be used for their Life Enrichment Program. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family condolences or to share a memory of Freda.
Published in Great Falls Tribune from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2013