Alice Miller, 1916-2017

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Funeral services for Alice I. Miller will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Hartland Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartland. The Rev. Shawn Stafford will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Friedrich-Bonnerup Funeral Home in New Richland, and again one hour prior to the service at the church.

Alice Irene Miller was born on the family farm on Aug. 22, 1916, the second of five children to Lewis and Malva (Erickson) Myhre. Alice passed away at home on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, surrounded by her family.

She was baptized in 1916 and confirmed on June 29, 1930, in Hartland. She attended country school district 98 and lived in the Hartland area most of her life, except for a couple years while she worked at the defense plant in Minneapolis during World War II. She traveled there with two other friends by way of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway that ran through Hartland – sometimes coming home on the weekends. In her younger years, she worked for area farmers during harvest time, helping in the kitchens or working in the fields harvesting potatoes, shocking grain and picking corn by hand. She cleaned house for the Emil Olson family in Albert Lea for a time.

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In 1954, she married Raymond Miller at Hartland Synod Church. Alice and Ray farmed in Hartland. Ray was known as the village farmer. The farm had been split by Minnesota Highway 13 with the farm site on one side and the cropland on the other. They raised chickens, milked Guernsey cows and grew corn, beans, oats and alfalfa. They had to chase cows across busy Highway 13 every day to pasture and back. They retired in the 70s. She had many gardens on the farm and tended to them into their late 90s. She enjoyed watching the birds at the feeders outside of her picture window. At Christmas time, she enjoyed when the family sang Christmas songs together. Alice was an avid Minnesota Twins fan.

She was very proud of the gifts the city of Hartland gave her at her 100th birthday party, as well as a letter from Minnesota State Sen. Julie Rosen. She was a dedicated listener tofKATE radio from 5 a.m. until late in the afternoon. She was a member of the Hartland Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rebekah Ruth Circle and a member of the women’s auxiliary of Lundberg Lee Post 266.

Alice is survived by her son, Duane (Dawn) Miller of Hartland; granddaughter, Angi (Brian) of Hartland; great-granddaughter, Abby Dolph of Albert Lea; many nieces and nephews and their families; and special friends Duane (Kathy) Spooner of Hartland, who helped her in many ways over the years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond; sisters Elaine Myhre and Marvel (Clifford) Johnson; brothers Donald Myhre and Joe (Harriet) Myhre; sister and brothers in-law Lillie (Hans) Holland, Eileen (Glen) Nelson, Arnold (Mildred) Miller and Bing (Clara) Miller.

Alice was a loving wife and mother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.