Orvetta Louise (Betty) Miller


Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2005


  Orvetta Louise (Betty) Miller

Orvetta Louise (Betty) Miller

Longtime Anchorage resident Orvetta L. (Betty) Miller died Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of congestive heart failure, with her family by her side. She was 82.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 26, at First Baptist Church in Anchorage. Pastors Jimmie Woods and Edward Gregory will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour before services at the church. Mrs. Miller will be laid to rest next to her husband at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

Mrs. Miller was born Feb. 28, 1922, in Hagerstown, Md. After marrying Harold, they traveled the world for more than 28 years as a military family and arrived at Fort Richardson in 1968, where they later retired, calling Anchorage home.

Mrs. Miller went to work as a school bus driver for Transportation Service Inc., and then transferred to the Anchorage School District until her retirement. She was a devoted Christian and a longtime member of First Baptist Church, where she loved working in the nursery with babies. She also served as Sunday school treasurer for the senior class.

"Betty loved camping and building campfires, arts and crafts and growing beautiful flowers in her yard. She received her greatest joys from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren," her family said.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Harold E. Miller Sr.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her children, Jane and Lin Ortman of Kokomo, Ind., Sonny and Carole Miller of Anchorage and Patsy and Allen Bouton of Kasilof; grandchildren, DeAnna Oliver, Chad Ortman, Nicole and Troy Wingfield, Aaron and Susannah Miller, BJ and Ginger Bouton and Chris and Kenny Bouton; and great-grandchildren, KyLeigh Oliver, Brecken Wingfield and Ashlee Miller.

Donations may be made to the charity of choice.

Arrangements were made with Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.

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