Louisa M. (Potestio) Miller


Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2003

Louisa M. (Potestio) Miller of Colville, Wash., died Monday, April 14, 2003, in Colville. She was 91.

Funeral services for Mrs. Miller were April 16 in Kettle Falls, Wash. Graveside services and vault interment followed at the Calvary Cemetery in Colville.

Mrs. Miller was born April 18, 1911, in Northport, Wash., the daughter of James and Frances (Presta) Potestio.

She was raised and attended school in Northport. Following high school she lived for a short time in Marcus, Wash. In the early 1940s, she married Frederick Miller of Kenai. They operated a boarding house and diner along with a bed and breakfast in Kenai. During the fishing season they operated their own commercial fishing boat.

In Alaska, Mrs. Miller was a member of the Alaska Historical Society, the Kenai American Legion Auxiliary, and the Kenai VFW Auxiliary. She was an active fund-raiser for many organizations and helped establish the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Her husband died in 1970, and in 1985 she moved to Spokane, Wash., where she was an active member of the St. Thomas Moore parish. She moved to Colville two years ago to be close to her family.

Mrs. Miller enjoyed collecting memorabilia of all kinds, making scrapbooks and photo albums, and home decorating. She was devoted to her church work.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Potestio; and sisters, Donita Morozzo, Helen Kutz and Peggy Bourne.

Mrs. Miller is survived by sisters, Rosa A. Golematis of Metaline, Wash., and Eva Scalese of Seattle; brother, Jules Potestio and wife, Betty, of Kettle Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be sent to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Memorial Fund or to the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements were made by Danekas Funeral Chapel.

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