Obituary: Alyce L. Miller
Alyce L. Miller
Alyce L. Miller formerly of Greeley and Silverthorne, Colorado, passed away peacefully Aug. 6, 2017, age 91, in Longmont, Colorado, with her family at her side.
Loving wife of Jim (James E.) Miller (deceased), loving mother of Laura Dickson (Cory) of Niwot, Amy Miller (Keith Fullmer) of Denver, and Beth Miller (deceased). Loving grandmother and great grandmother to Lindsey, Travis, Kylie, Rio, Isaac, and Everett, as well as Whitney (her granddog), and numerous nieces and nephews. She was cherished by her family and friends. Alyce was known for her amazing cooking for those she entertained in their home, and hard core support of the San Francisco Giants.
Born in Spring Valley, Illinois, Alyce was the fifth of six children who were orphaned early in their lives due to their parents’ illnesses. The love, determination, hard work, compassion, generosity, humility, sense of justice, and many other qualities that kept Anna, Edna, Mae, Frances, Bernice (deceased), Alyce, and James Kleinfall (Illinois) together as a family would be demonstrated the rest of Alyce’s life in her dedication to her family, community, and especially those less privileged.
Alyce obtained her nursing degree in Chicago, then was chosen to be a flight attendant for United Airlines. She loved flying the friendly skies in a DC3, and having time to visit with passengers. When Alyce’s flight crew was based in Denver, she met the love of her life, Jim Miller, on the slopes of Berthoud Ski Area. Jim was on a weekend leave from Lowry Air Force Base, skiing. Alyce and her roommate were skiing there, too. When her roommate fell and became stuck in deep snow, Jim skied to them, introduced himself, and helped her roommate out. That was the beginning of a lifelong loving and supportive marriage.
Alyce’s dedication as a nurse included working in an OB/GYN clinic, private duty nursing (home and hospital), and with many students at the UNC Health Center in Greeley. She also was committed to education; she and Jim were both dedicated to providing as many opportunities as possible for all to attend and graduate college. They were a strong team — a true partnership — in many areas of their lives together, but particularly when advocating for students and fundraising for scholarships.
When they “retired,” Alyce and Jim moved to their beloved Silverthorne, Colorado, home and immersed themselves in the community. Among other activities and awards, they received the “Summit County Seniors of the Year” award for their numerous volunteer services, including volunteering at the Summit County Chamber of Commerce Information Centers for 12 years as a fundraiser for the senior organization. They loved the beauty and welcoming spirit of Summit County, and also deepened their love for each other in this environment.
No services. Even at death, Alyce contributed to others by donating her body to science (via Science Care). Contributions to honor her life and legacy can be made to the scholarship at UNC that she and Jim established, the James E. Miller Horn Scholarship at the UNC Foundation, Campus Box 20, Greeley, CO 80639, online donation link: http://www.UNCFoundation.org/miller-endowment, or to the Friends of Man, P.O. Box 937, Littleton, CO 80160-0937.
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