Betty Darlene Miller

05/17/1934 — 05/28/2011

From Othello, WA, US | Born in Minatare, Nebraska

Betty Darlene Miller

Our beloved Betty Darlene Miller, age 77, passed peacefully into the Lord's presence on May 28, 2011 after battling cancer and other ailments. Betty was born at home in Minatare, Nebraska, to Leonard and Anna VanWinkle. She graduated from Scottsbluff, Nebraska High School in 1951. Her older sister Redean gave her the nickname "the little Banty Rooster," because she always stuck up for her siblings at school. She married the love of her life, Fredrick Alexander Miller, on June 22, 1952 in Lyman, Nebraska. They gave birth to seven children, including two sets of twin boys, while living in the Lyman, Nebraska area. In January, 1965, Fred, Betty, and their children moved to Othello, WA to farm. She continued her devotion to her family throughout her life. But now, instead of "the little Banty Rooster," she is known as "Mom," not only by her children, but also by many of her children's friends and other family friends.

In her later years, she enjoyed spending winters in Yuma, AZ with Fred and other friends and family. She loved to golf and played Yahtzee nearly every day during the winter. But she was happiest when she was surrounded by her seven children, 19 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren at her home on the farm in Othello.

Betty's children were blessed to receive her final words of love and encouragement while surrounding her in the hours before her passing. "Mom" will be greatly missed, but we will always remember how she taught us to love each other and the importance of being a family. We are comforted knowing that she is in heaven with Dad. Betty is survived by her seven children - Fred Jr. wife Beverly, Deanna Chapman, David, Don wife Jackie, Ron wife Susan, Larry wife Kellie, and Garry; sister Redean Combs; brothers Merlin VanWinkle wife Ann, Ron Schaub wife Karen, and Tom Schaub wife Bev; 19 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by husband Fred, son Wesley, mother Anna Schaub, father Leonard VanWinkle, stepfather Johnny Schaub, and sister Lola May Masters. A memorial service celebrating Betty's life will be held at the Othello Nazarene Church located at 905 E. Ash Street, Othello, WA at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 2, 2011.

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  • I know with all my heart, that there was a great family reunion in heaven. It must be so wonderfull to see our loved ones. I remember walking down the street to Aunt Betties, and when she would pull out her cinnamon rolls. Oh they looked so carmely & oh so yummy. I still cant figure out mine never turn out that way. I know she is happy & I know its hard for those of us down here. But I know she is watching over you all.

    Suzanne Miller Mckenzie
    November 4, 2014
    Stanfield, OR, US
  • My deepest condolences to the family. Betty was always a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. I remember her most as a welcoming smile and someone always willing to help others. She helped care for Fred without complaint and just wanted to make sure she was doing things right with his dialysis. If I arrived around dinner time, there was always a meal made for a dozen and the table set! she was a great organizer or many and loved her family.. that was very evident. rest in peace Betty!

    Much Love, Jennifer and Natasha Reames/Brooks

    jennifer brook reames
    November 4, 2014
    Moses, Lake, WA, US
  • Mom – We will never forget how you taught us to love each other.

    Fritz

    Fred Miller Jr.
    November 4, 2014
    WA, US
  • I,m sure God has a care giving job for her–

    MILDRED HINES
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your families–we know how much Aunt Betty will be missed by all. I will always remember how proud and the love she had for each and everyone of you, for that you are each stronger and better people. I know the memory of both your parents will be carried on through your love for each other. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you.

    Karla and Dan Better
    November 4, 2014
    Goldendale, WA, US
  • We send our love and sympathy to Betty’s family. Betty always had a beautiful smile, which I am sure will be missed.

    Bill & Shirley Loose
    November 4, 2014
    Scottsbluff, NB, US
  • We have known Betty over 56 years and we raised our children together as they were nearly the same ages. Betty and I worked together in the fields when our husbands farmed together. She was just such a good sis in law and aunt and we will miss her so much. We are very happy that Betty and Fred are now together and we know we will see them again. Love from Wilbert and Sue

    Miller, Wilbert and Sue
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US