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April 24, 1926 - December 23, 2020
Service Date January 15, 2021
Church Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home
There will be a memorial gathering service for Helen at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home on January 15, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Helen Ruth Olic Miller was born to Frank and Bessie (Ploda) Olic on April 24, 1926 in Imlay, SD. She passed away peacefully on December 23, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood, SD. She attended grade school in Imlay and high school in New Underwood. After high school, she worked for Hofers for a couple years and at the Ellsworth AFB for a year.
She met Edward LeRoy Miller and they were married June 2, 1948. They lived in Viewfield where they had a dairy for several years. Two children were born to this union. Terry Ann on April 10, 1950 and Tracey Alene on July 2, 1957. They sold the dairy and moved to New Underwood where they bought the Marshall Wells Store. Later they named it Underwood Hardwar. They owned and operated it until 1972. She and LeRoy also operated a hay moving business from 1968 to 1989. She and LeRoy each had their own movers.
She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant, bath aid and Med Aid at Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood for 26 years. She picked up a lot of extra shifts and was always willing to go the extra mile to see that the residents got the best care possible.
After LeRoy passed away in 2000 she moved to Rapid City where she resided until moving to Spearfish and then to the Good Samaritan Center where she spent the remainder of her days. She gave the staff there a run for their money at times since she had worked there so many years, she decided she still was working and gave all of them orders on how to do their jobs!
She was an awesome woman and will be missed by all her family and friends.
She is survived by her special friend Bob Furrow, Spearfish; her daughter Terry Hammill, Belle Fourche; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and son-in-law Peter Ottoson. She is preceded in death by her husband LeRoy, her parents, her daughter Tracey, son-in-law Steve Mowery, granddaughter Kelli Jo Mowery, her brothers Frank and Tony, sisters Pat, Bessie and Marie.
In Lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.