Alice Mae (Springer) Miller
Nov. 29, 1923-Apr. 1,2017
Alice Mae (Springer) Miller was born in the family farm house near Wyndmere, ND to Alfred and Helen (Ripperton) Springer on Nov 29, 1923. She died at the age of 93 years on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby, North Dakota.
Alice was next to the oldest and had 2 bothers and 2 sisters. She grew up on the family farm and attended country school through the 8th grade. She tells about walking or riding horse the 2 miles to grade school with her siblings. She went to High School in Wyndmere and after graduation attended 2 years at Minot State and
received a standard teaching certificate. She then taught 5th and 6th graders in Willow City, ND for one year. After that she worked 1 year in the ship yards in Bremerton, Washington, took one semester of college there and returned to Fargo, attending NDSU and received a BS degree in Home Economics in 1948.
While attending NDSU she met and eventually married D. Kyle “Kelly” Miller from Bantry who was also attending NDSU, majoring in Animal Science and planning to re-
turn to the family farming and ranching operation. While at NDSU she had the honor of being named the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi and Kelly, belonging to another fraternity, AGR, would tell how he stole the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. Their first son, Jeff, was born in Fargo while Kelly was finishing college. They returned to the family farm in 1951 and were blessed with 3 more sons, Steve, Scot and Brad.
Both Kelly and Alice were very involved in local and statewide organizations as well as politics. Alice served on both the county and state Farm Bureau Boards as well as
local and state Republican Women and Cattlewomen’s organizations. She was active in the local Homemakers and Darners Clubs, the Shrine and Elks Auxiliary’s. She was an active member of the Towner Commercial Club, PTA, Eastern Star, Lake Metigoshe Improvement Association and was an Elder in the Towner Presbyterian Church. She ran and was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives in 1992 and served on the Agriculture and Judiciary Committees. In 1981 Kelly and Alice moved to Towner but they both stayed very active in both local and state organizations as well as the family business. Alice has been a delegate to most all of the state Republican Conventions for the last 60 years including the 2014 convention. She so enjoyed being able to attend the 2008 National Republican Convention in Minneapolis.
She is survived by her sons, Jeff (Karen Steinbrecher) Miller of Rugby, Steve (Jane McIntee) Miller of Bosie, ID, Scot (Robyn Crary) Miller of Billings, MT and Brad (Sandi
Broen) of Chicago, Ill; 13 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; one sister, Toots; one brother, Bill, both from the Southern California area; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by, her husband Kelly; her parents; one brother, Jamie; one sister, Virginia; 2 infant children and 2 infant grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Towner. Rev. Nathan Steen officiating.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 14 with a prayer service and sharing of memories beginning at 7 p.m., facilitated by Rev. Johnathan Starks in the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the time of service on Saturday in the church in Towner.
Readers: Grandchildren,Carl Miller & Hannah (Miller) Zook
Special Music: 4 Sons “Just a Little Talk with Jesus”Grandchildren “I’ll Fly Away”
Casket Bearers: Miller Grandsons, Carl, Josh, David, Benji, Dan, and Dustin
Honorary Bearers: Towner Red Hat Ladies
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Towner. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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