Missoula ~ Teresa Ann Miller died peacefully at 91 after living at the Village Health & Rehabilitation for 3 ½ years.
She was born in Frankfort Michigan to Johanna and Jacob Nelson. She graduated from Frankfort High School and attended County Normal School for one year studying to be a country school teacher. In June of 1949 she married the love of her life, Clarence “Tone” Miller. They spent 63 very happy years together.
Teresa was a homemaker, busy raising 4 kids. One talent she developed was sewing and when her girls were young she would make most of their school clothes. She was also busy in her church, loved singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school and was active in the Ladies Aid group. When she was lucky enough to have spare time, she loved reading books.
Teresa and Tone started their married life in Brethren MI moved to Bear Lake MI and finally moved to Gillette WY. They lived in Gillette until Tone retired, after which, they sold their house, bought an RV, and spent the next 12 years traveling around the country. One such trip was an adventurous trip on the Alcan highway to Alaska with their RV club! In 2000, they gave up their nomadic lifestyle and settled in Missoula at the Katoonah Lodges. Eventually, they moved to Grizzly Peak where Clarence passed. Teresa remained there for several years then moved to The Springs and finally The Village. Throughout her travels and moves, Teresa was always making new friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence, daughter Karen Cofer and her brother Norman.
She is survived by daughter, Virginia (Norman) Schmautz, sons, Fred (Marsha) Miller, Roger (Tammy) Miller. Grandchildren, Michele Williams, Brian Carey, Melissa Cofer, Michael Cofer, Tiffany Engelman. Step Grandchildren, April Nachtigal, Wendy Halpin, Cory Schmautz and nine great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Missoula for family and friends. A luncheon will follow the service at the home of Norman & Virginia (Ginny) Schmautz in Florence.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association.
Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory in Missoula.