Aileen Betty Miller
Memorial Services for Aileen Betty Miller, 84, of Aberdeen, and formerly of Gettysburg, SD, will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 18,2013, at First United Methodist Church, 502 South Lincoln Street, Aberdeen, with Pastor Tom Haggar presiding.
Betty’s wishes were to be cremated with burial at the Gettysburg Cemetery. Burial will follow the service at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, in Gettysburg.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Betty died Monday, July 15, at The Golden Living Center in Groton, SD.
Aileen Betty DeBoer was born on Aug. 20, 1928, to Peter M. and Cora (Van Dyke) DeBoer in Linton, ND. The family moved to Gettysburg, SD in 1939. Betty graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1946 and received an Associate of Science Degree from SDSU in 1948. She was a Battler and Jackrabbit for the rest of her life.
On Sept. 12, 1948, Betty was united in marriage to Donald Dale Miller in Gettysburg. The couple made their home in Gettysburg, where her greatest love was her family. She and Don had four children who grew up knowing each one was her favorite. Betty and Don owned and operated the Dairy Mart in Gettysburg. Betty later worked as a secretary at the ASC office in Gettysburg. She then became employed with the United States Postal Service, where she loved being one of the state’s first women mail carriers and became a “50 Year Member” of the National Association of Letter Carriers. Betty and Don shared 58 years before he died in September of 2006. Betty relocated to Aberdeen. To stay close to her grandchildren and be with young people, she worked part-time at Twist Cone, Story Book Land and with the school lunch program at Simmons Junior High School.
Betty loved being part of the activities in her church and community. She volunteered for many organizations and spent many hours helping with school athletic banquets, planning reunions and working on the Gettysburg Centennial Reunion. She also was a member of the First United Methodist Church Women in Aberdeen, a Bible study leader, a Sunday school teacher, a Job’s Daughters leader, and a member of her church’s vocal and bell choirs.
In her spare time, Betty enjoyed traveling, reading, cooking, knitting and sewing. She especially loved gardening and took great pride in her gardens and the produce she preserved. Those fortunate to have come into her life know that the love she gave to her family and friends was the garden that she tended until her final hours and which provided plenty for all.
Caring for one another with kindness and humor guided her life’s work as a mother, wife, friend and neighbor. Blessed to have shared her life are her children, Dan (Kathy) Miller of Pierre, SD, Becky (Ted) Zahn of Aberdeen, Dave (Pat) Miller of Groton, SD and Barbara (Ronald) Wager of Aberdeen; one sister, Carolyn Stephens of Groton, SD; 11 grandchildren, Brian (Brandi) Miller, Shelly Mikkelsen, Jeff (Bridgid) Swingler, Christa Swingler, Kirstie (Russ) Hoon, Valaree (Justin) Rude, Kenny (Jennifer) Knighton, Katie Wager, Tom (Tracy) Wager, Michael Wager and Ben Wager. Betty is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren who rightly knew her as “Great Betty.”
Betty’s parents, husband, and one brother, Harvey DeBoer, preceded her in death.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements. Friends may sign her online guestbook at www.schriversmemorial.com.