Leona B. Miller, 96, a longtime Halfway and Baker City resident and recently of Canby, died Jan. 5, 2004, at the home of her daughter, Roberta J. Hilger, and her husband, John.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Vault interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church.
Leona was born on Oct. 15, 1907, to John Weir Brinkerhuff and Myrtle Alice Dingman at Collbran, Colo. They moved to Oregon when she was 4 years old. They lived at Ontario and then Baker City.
Leona married Ralph Patterson when she was 16. They had a son, Firmin Patterson. She and Ralph were divorced after 11 years.
In 1938, Leona married Frank Miller. This marriage lasted 59 years, at which time Frank died. The couple had two daughters, Rhonda Dine and Roberta Hilger.
Leona was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was active for many years in the Presbyterian Church at Halfway. She loved to cook and always had a houseful of people. She also loved to nurse and to help people.
Leona was preceded in death by her parents, John Brinkerhuff and Myrtle Allen; her husband, Frank Miller; and a grandson, John F. Hilger.
Survivors include her son, Firmin Patterson, and his wife, Amy; daughters, Rhonda Dine, and Roberta Hilger and her husband, John; nine grandchildren; 15 great- grandchildren; and a cousin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 16, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor