Frances Ellen (Colton) Miller, 106 years old, departed this earthly life, on March 29, 2022. She was born March 25, 1916, to Ernest and Faith (Tibbetts) Colton on her family farm, 17 miles north of Cambridge, at Orafino, Frontier County, NE. Frances grew up with her two older sisters, Myrtle, and Muriel. She attended a Frontier County Rural School through the 8th grade and attended Cambridge High School, graduating in 1934. She went on to receive her teaching certificate and taught for a few years in a rural school. She loved the children, participating in activities with them, even playing baseball in her dress and heels. She also attended Beauty School and owned her own hair salon.
Frances married George D. Miller of Orafino, on Feb. 17, 1946, and for nine years they made their 1st home in Hastings, Nebraska. They purchased Lakeway Lodge Motel in Ogallala, NE. and operated it until July 1958. They then moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where Frances opened an "Exercise Salon" in her home and became a PBX operator. She learned from a client about supplements from Neo-Life Company of America. These nutritional supplements helped restore her husband's health and improved her own health. She became a distributor for Neo-Life in the early 1960s, moving up into the company, and retiring from her distributorship in 1989.
Frances and her husband George retired in February 1978 and made many trips to Arizona, eventually settling in West Park mobile home park in Wickenburg, Arizona. Here they both enjoyed golf and the Arizona climate during the winter months. They would travel to cooler climates in the summer with their travel trailer. Their trips took them to many states, including Canada, and they played golf all the way there and back.
After George's passing in 1997 she continued to keep busy with her bridge club, sewing, gardening, the Presbyterian Church and playing golf with a women's team. She would also golf with her sister Muriel and her husband Leroy, as they had also moved to Wickenburg. As time passed, she took on the responsibility of taking care of them as their health deteriorated.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; infant brother; sisters, Myrtle Norwood (Bill), Muriel Ortgiesen (Leroy); nephew, Ronald G. Miller; niece, Beverly Burke; great nephew-in-law, Deon Fiene; great-great niece, Jacklyn Fiene; and great nephew-in-law, Bruce Sare.
She is survived by nephew, George F. Miller (Penny) of Meadowlake, TX.
Great nieces and nephews, Sindy Fiene Vossler (Bruce) of Elwood, NE., Marilyn Smith (Steve) of Eustis, NE., Shannon Sare of Lewisville, TX., Michael Whitten (Jill) of Albuquerque, NM., and Jim Miller of Columbus, OH.
Great-great nieces and nephews, Lance Pfeiffer (Heidi) of Windsor, CO., Julia Fiene of Elwood, NE., Lacey Parker (Levi) of Eustis, NE., Nate Fiene (Nikki) of Lombard, IL., Leslee Fiene of Windsor, CO. and fiancé Luke Gillet, Malcolm Smith of Omaha, NE., Alisha Sare of Mill Valley, CA., Coleah and Sarena Whitten of NM., Jordan and Greer Miller of Columbus, OH., along with seven great-great-great nieces and nephews and many friends.
Frances will always hold a special place in the hearts of those she touched and will be missed dearly. She was a loving, caring and supportive wife, and a true friend to all who knew her.
A celebration of her life will be at a future date in Wickenburg, Arizona and Cambridge, Nebraska. With a private burial in Cambridge. Lockenour-Jones Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.