Frances Martha Miller was born January 25, 1920 at home in Florida Township, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota to parents Glenn and Mayme (Naig) Cole. She attended country school and then graduated from Gary High School in 1938.
On March 23, 1940 Frances was united in marriage to Walter Miller in Gary, South Dakota. They were blessed with four children. Frances worked as a telephone operator and a clerk at the Red Owl store in Gary. Later in life she worked with a close friend cleaning houses, hanging wallpaper and painting.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the UMC Women’s Guild. She was also a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Burr Ladies Aid, Burr Bustlers 4-H leader, the Rebekah’s and Eastern Star. Frances was also a member of the Gary Card Club and Gary Senior Citizens where she was very active. Frances passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the Hendricks Nursing Home at the age of 100 years, 1 month and 23 days.
Frances is survived by three of her children: Mildred (Gary) Prusa, Spokane, WA, Michael (Barb) Miller, Gary, SD, Lynn Miller, Foley, MN; one sister, Fae Moog, Minneapolis, MN; six grandchildren: Sam Ellefson, Amy Sines, Allan Miller, Molly Ellefson, Jennifer Brunz and Lori Mustard and 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Margaret Putman and one grandson, Scott Miller and two siblings, Catherine Halstenson and David Cole.