February 13, 1928- February 27, 2013
Juanita Miller, 85, of Lodge Grass, passed away Feb. 27, 2013 at Heritage Acres Nursing Home in Hardin. She was born Feb. 13, 1928 daughter of Edgar R. and Totsie (Owen) Fenton. The sixth of eight children, she was born and raised in Lodge Grass in the house built by her father. She attended the Lodge Grass Schools, first in the little school at the bottom of the hill and then moving to the brick schoolhouse on the hill.
She married Glen L. Miller, June 11, 1945 in Hardin. They made their home on Little Owl Creek for the next 65 years until ill health forced them to move to Heritage Acres in Hardin.
She was a homemaker first and foremost making everyone feel welcome. Her entire family enjoyed her talents as seamstress and barber. At the age of 40 she got her drivers license. After that she and her mother-in-law could be seen in her little red bug going to town no matter the conditions, always returning safely. As a Fenton, music and dancing was in her blood. She could be heard singing a song with the radio or playing her organ. She was one of the first on the dance floor with siblings, grand or great grandchildren. She believed in education, it was important and encouraged her family to get a good education.
Her motto was, “The teacher was always right.” To this end, at the age of 60 she studied for and took the GED test, passing it with flying colors. During the 1950’s she kept an eye to the sky as many rural families did. The family had books picturing airplanes, model, size, color and country of origin. A large microphone was wired into the house to pick up any sound from a passing plane. Information was entered in a log, then it was called into Billings. Little did the US government know their equipment was a great way to keep track of kids and their on goings. Many times upon returning home we were greeted by the words, “You quit your cussing.” She served as an election judge for many years at Lodge Grass. Her other love was bowling. She started at Lodge Grass where her children were often drafted to set pins. Later, when the lanes were closed she continued in Hardin, first carpooling with the ladies of the team and then with Glen and son as her chauffeur, when there was no longer a team from Lodge Grass. She bowled in local, state and national tournaments. She won several medals in the Big Sky State Games. Gary Link and the team she bowled with in Hardin will always be special. They made it possible for her to enjoy bowling long after it was of no benefit to their team, and for this we are eternally grateful.
Her parents, sisters Marie, Bernice and Evelyn, brother Tom and little brother Donnie, who she and Glen raised after the death of their mother, and grandson Brian Smith preceded Juanita in death.
She is survived by her husband Glen, daughter Linda (Tim) Smith and son Wayne (Kris) Miller both of Lodge Grass, grandchildren Allen and Christopher Miller, Shannon (Brandon) Turner and Brad Smith, great grandchildren Anson and CoraTurner, Quinn and Coby Smith, sisters Clara Young, of Helena and Minnie VanScotter, Sheridan WY, brother Robert Fenton, sister in law Judy Fenton both of Billings, as well as many nieces and nephews.
We would like to thank the Staff at Heritage Acres for their care and compassion.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday March 5 at 1:00 in Bullis Funeral Chapel in Hardin, MT. Inurnment following at a later date in the Lodge Grass Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.