Marlys J. Miller, 83, Livermore, died peacefully in her home, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Marlys was born on August 9th, 1936 to Tillie (Fecho) and Edward Milbrath in Bottineau, North Dakota. She lived with her brother and parents in the towns of Gardena and Roth before moving to Minot when she was a teenager. She graduated from Minot High School in 1954 and went on to teach in a one-room schoolhouse in rural North Dakota before returning to Minot State Teacher’s College (now Minot State University) and earning her teaching credentials. She then taught at Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana and at the Minot Air Force Base. She married R. Helmer “Hal” Miller of Deering, North Dakota, in 1959. Hal was a naval navigator and they subsequently traveled around the country to various military installations, including stops in Pensacola, Florida; Corpus Christi, Texas, and Newport, Rhode Island, before being stationed at Barber’s Point Naval Air Station in Hawaii. Their daughter, LaNor Suzette, was born there in 1964. Marlys returned to the mainland with her family and they settled in Livermore in 1968 after a brief return to North Dakota. After LaNor was born, Marlys became a full-time homemaker and library volunteer.
Marlys was a lifelong Methodist who enjoyed the church home her family found in Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore, where they were members for more than 50 years. She taught Sunday School and was an active member of the Women’s Society, helping with bake sales and rummage sales. Marlys enjoyed hunting and fishing in her native North Dakota, and even won a North Dakota State crow shooting championship. Marlys owned a portion of her family farm and was appreciative of her nephews Douglas and Vernon who actively managed it. Marlys was a survivor of breast cancer for more than 50 years.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Hal Miller; her daughter and son-in-law, LaNor and Scott Smith, and her grandson Clay Smith and his wife Kristina. She is also survive by an aunt, Betty Anderson; nephews, Paul, Douglas, and Vernon Milbrath; niece Kathy Botteicher; sister-in-law Linda Finnessey and her husband Patrick; nephews Paul, Damion, and Shane Finnessey; niece Shandi Finnessey Higgins, and her caregiver Dianna Farmer.
She was preceded in death by her parents Tillie and Ed Milbrath; her brother Earl; a twin sister, Marion, who passed away a few days after her birth; her inlaws, Fern and Arthur Miller; brother-in-law Willard “Wedge” Miller; ten aunts and uncles on the Fecho side, and two Milbrath uncles.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Avenue, in Livermore, with a reception to follow at the church. All are welcome to come and celebrate Marlys’ life. If you would like to make a donation in Marlys’ memory, the family asks that you consider donating to the Asbury United Methodist Building Fund.