Mary H. (Olson) Miller, 93, of Great Falls, a homemaker, died of natural causes Nov. 20 at a local nursing home.
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Her memorial service is 11 a.m. Friday at Faith Lutheran Church. Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mary was born Sept. 2, 1917, to Ellen and Elmer Olson, on a farm she loved near Ada, Minn. She was the second of six children, Myles, Mary, Margie, Edith, Herb and Patsy. The family later moved to Twin Lakes at Naytahwaush, Minn.
She met Seymour Miller, from Ottertail, when he was teaching and the principal at Naytahwaush School. Their first date was the night the Hindenburg crashed on May 6, 1937. On Flag Day, June 14, 1938, they were married and lived in a cabin on Twin Lakes. They had two children in Minnesota, Sharon and Jerry. They also lived in Waubun, Grand Portage, and Braham. In Grand Portage they ran a grocery store, where Mary was the Postmaster. In 1951, they bought a general store in Braham and worked very hard there for two years.
In 1953, Mary and Seymour moved to Great Falls, Mont., with hopes that Seymour could get a good career job at the smelter. The day they arrived in Montana, the smelter workers went on strike. Seymour switched to the grain elevator business. Two younger sons were born in Great Falls, Don and Lyle.
The family moved to Havre in 1959. Mary was an election worker, census taker, and great cook and housewife, while raising her family. Mary and Seymour were founding members of Messiah Lutheran Church in Havre and Mary worked in the dining room at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd. They moved back to Great Falls for retirement in 1979.
Mary's retirement projects were as a volunteer, quilter, card player, singer with the Swinging Seniors, Bible study leader at Missouri River Manor and an active member at Faith Lutheran Church and the Great Falls Senior Center.
Her husband, Seymour died in 1999. Mary continued life at Sunshine Village, then had consecutive moves to Eagles Manor, Cambridge Court, and Park Place. Mary was loved by many friends and her cheerful heart was an inspiration to her family.
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon (Jim) Cope of Great Falls, sons Jerry (Pearl) Miller and Don (Elaine) Miller, both of Great Falls, and Lyle (Jill) Miller of Havre; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations in Mary's name are suggested to Faith Lutheran Church Quilting Group, 3125 5th Ave. N., Great Falls, MT 59405; or to the donor's choice.
Condolences may be posted online at www.chapelofchimesfunerals.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 30, 2010