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Helen C. (Stillwell) Miller

January 17, 1918 - August 1, 2017

Helen Miller was born in Louisville, Kentucky.  Her parents were Richard and Mabel Stillwell.  Her sister was Louise Bates.  Helen married LaVerne S. Miller in June 1943.  They were happily married for 65 years.

Helen was raised in San Francisco and always loved the “City by the Bay”.  After graduating from Girls High School, she moved to Oregon where she attended Business College in Portland.  She accepted a position in Washington D.C. where she met her future husband.

After LaVerne left to be a bomber pilot in World War II, Helen drove across the United States to work with her father who had just opened the first Social Security Office in the State of Oregon.  During her career she held many interesting positions, met many lovely people and very much enjoyed the secretarial and administrative work.

At age 55, she stopped working and began studying art eventually focusing on China Painting.  Helen became one of the top China Artists in Oregon.  She taught until she was 86 years old.  She and her husband traveled extensively in Europe, Canada, and the United States.  They both enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening.  Most of all she enjoyed adventure.

Helen was vibrant until her last day.  She enjoyed her many years at Lancaster Village and he very special friends, staff, and caregivers there.  Thank You for the community and comfort you all provided.

Helen was blessed to have her niece, Gilberta Small and great-neice and husband Tanya and Tom Lowry, look after her in her later years.  Remembrances could be made to NAMI-Oregon, 4701 SE 24th Avenue, Suite E, Portland, Oregon 97202, or by clicking

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