Helen Kathleen Miller (nee Lacey), one of the last Osoyoos pioneers, passed away on December 18th, after a spirited battle with a lengthy illness and is finally at peace. She will be dearly missed by daughters Bonnie Kuyten of Barrhead AB and Virginnia Harfman of Salmo BC, son Dan and daughter in law Sonya of Bridesville BC, nine grandsons and twelve great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband Robert James Miller, and sons-in-law Harold Harfman and Bob Kuyten.
Helen was born November 22, 1922 to Katie and Edward Lacey in Oroville WA. Her parents homesteaded on Kruger Mountain and started their family on the ranch. They moved to Lacey Point on Osoyoos Lake in 1925 to start a dairy farm and Helen spent many hours delivering milk. She was happily married to Jim Miller for 53 years. They had two girls, Bonnie and Virginnia and a son Dan. In 1953 they bought the Cudworth Farm on Sidley Mountain Road and moved the family to Anarchist Mountain. Helen and Jim semi-retired in 1986 when Danny and his family moved back to the ranch and their lives dramatically changed. Instead of just farming and ranching, they now helped out with four grandsons and all their extra-curricular activities, which included never missing their grandsons’ hockey games. Helen’s heart and passion was the western lifestyle, spending all her time with family and hard work on the ranch. She loved growing up in Osoyoos and fondly shared her memories over a cup of coffee and enjoyed writing about her experiences. Much of her and her mother’s memorabilia can be found at the Osoyoos Museum and Home Hardware.
The family would like to thank the staff at Mariposa for their help and support over the years. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Helen Miller Memorial Fund care of the Bridesville Community Club, Box 44, Bridesville BC, V0H 1B0. A celebration of Helen’s life will be held on Saturday, January 11th at 2:00pm in the Rock Creek Pavilion. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.