BISON — Kathryn L. Miller, 90, a lifelong resident of the Bison, Kansas, area died June 28, 2018, in Wichita after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Kathryn was born in Otis, Kansas, to Fred, Sr., and Agnes (Funk) Jones at the family farm on March 10, 1928, where she was raised with her siblings. After attending college, Kathryn became a one-room schoolhouse teacher for 1st-8th grade students, teaching for 13 years. A devoted farmer’s wife, Kathryn helped run the farm for decades before moving on to other ventures. Kathryn’s later pursuits included tax preparation, helping run Miller Custom Homes, managing the local Texaco gas station, and working as a real estate broker. She also enjoyed travelling in later years to destinations varying from Cozumel, Mexico, to Alaska. She was renowned for her delicious cooking and her brilliance as a grandmother. Kathryn married Virgel Miller on May 23, 1953. He preceded her in death in July 2016 after 63 years of marriage.
Survivors include three daughters: Kay Boyd (Austin) of Wichita; Renee Nicholson (Leonard) of Hoisington; and Teresa Miller of Wichita; six grandchildren: Melissa Baier of Wichita; Kelsey Beckman of Wichita; Josh Nicholson (Melissa) of Hoisington; Jeremy Baier (Jenna) of Bloomington, IL; Derek Nicholson (Brittni) of Hoisington; and Cameron Beckman (Shannon) of Wichita; and five great-grandchildren: Azalea and Jersey Baier; Abel Nicholson; Presley Beckman and another one on the way. She is also survived by a sister, Nila Hartman, of Fort Collins, Colorado; sister-in-law, Maureen Jones, of Dodge City; and many much loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Fred Jones, Jr.; and brother-in-law, Nelson Hartman.
A viewing will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2018, with the family receiving visitors from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse.
A viewing will also be held from 1:00-1:50 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2018, with a celebration of life beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Janousek Funeral Home. Interment will follow at La Crosse Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Walnut Valley Senior Center or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Janousek Funeral Home
719 Pine Street, P.O. Box 550
La Crosse, KS 67548
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune July 1, 2018