Darlene Armanella Miller, 82, Minot. died on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at the Benedictine Living Center in Garrison, having spent the last two years of her life being loved by and loving those who cared for her.
Darlene was born on Oct. 19, 1931, in Foxholm, to Ralph and Helen (Church) Burns. She was reared and educated in Foxholm and in Minot, where the family moved in 1943. She graduated from Minot High School in 1949 and from Minot State College with a degree in special education.
Darlene married Gordon N. "Tom" Miller on Jan. 7, 1951, in Minot. They made their home in Minot. Tom died on March 31, 1976.
Darlene's loving family includes: her children, Deborah Dyste, Rebeccah (Marcus) Eman, James (Linda) Miller and Jennifer (Patrick P.) Kraft, all of Minot. Darlene had eight grandchildren, Lisa (Adam) Gingerich, Diana Schroeder, Levi Kraft (fiancee Lindsey Welstad), Andrea (Rick) Ferrera, Briana Eman, Gracia Eman (fiance Justin Clow) Jared (Natasha) Miller and Tara (Lt. Col. Scott) Brodeur; 11 great-grandchildren, Joshua, Laura, Christian, Cynthia, Amy, Nazmoon, Elliott, Dominic, Jessie, Jameson and Jillian; and a brother, Alton (Patricia) Burns, of Vadnais Heights, Minn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Following Tom's death, she was married to William Dailey. He passed away several years ago.
While Darlene loved her family, her loving nature needed more outlets and she turned to teaching, reaching out to special needs children at St. John The Apostle Catholic Church in Minot and Minot Vocational Adjustment Workshop. These classes became part of the Minot Public Schools. Darlene taught at Jefferson, Lincoln and Bel Air Elementary schools as well as Ramstad Junior High School. Her students and their families felt her love for 25 years.
Following her public teaching service, Darlene helped others become caring teachers by serving as an adjunct professor at Minot State University for several years. She retired in 1993.
Darlene was a board member and ardent supporter of the Minot Public Library reading programs and Second Story Social Club. She especially enjoyed reading, composing poetry, playing the piano, flower gardening, fine arts and time spent at Lake Metigoshe.
Celebration of the life of Darlene Miller: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at 3:30 p.m., in First Presbyterian Church, Minot.
Graveside service: Wednesday, Feb. 19, at noon, in Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Feb. 17, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: May be sent to the Second Story Social Club, Minot, the Minot Literacy Volunteer Program or the Benedictine Living Center Sunflower Neighborhood.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).