Former Silverton Mayor Wanda Miller died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, in Montrose. She was 79.
Mrs. Miller was born to Henry L. and Anna C. Damschroder on Jan. 6, 1933, in Silverton. She grew up there and graduated from the Silverton Public School.
On March 20, 1951, she married Edward “Gene” Miller in Aztec.
“She loved the mountains surrounding Silverton, the people of the town and considered herself a native of the small town,” her family said. “She was devoted to her family and spent much of her life as a homemaker.”
Mrs. Miller served on the Silverton School Board and was a member of the Silverton Board of Trustees for 23 years, also serving as mayor.
She was involved with improvement of the Hillside Cemetery and was the one who helped get a holding facility at the cemetery. Her family said it was a project that was close to Mrs. Miller’s heart.
She was a member of the Gem Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion ladies auxiliaries. She was also a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader for several years in Silverton.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband of 60 years, Edward “Gene” Miller, of Montrose; son, Norman Miller, of Aurora; daughters Kathy Miller and Stephanie Miller Haynes, both of Montrose; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Crippin Chapel, 802 E. Main St., in Montrose. Viewing will be take place for half an hour before the service. A graveside service will be held afterward at 2 p.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in Silverton.