Thelma Miler was born in Independence, Missouri, on October 14, 1924, to Clyde Lemrick and Hester Allen Lemrick. She passed away peacefully in an Omaha nursing home on March 2, 2012.
Joe and Thelma met on horseback in the hills near Hulett, Wyoming, and were married on December 24, 1941. They were married for over 70 years. They owned a ranch northeast of Hulett until about 1959. By then, all five children were underfoot. From there, they moved to a farm in Idaho for about two years. They then worked for a ranch near Government Canyon, Wyoming, for about a year before moving to Miles City, Montana, in about 1963. Joe worked at the U.S. Range Livestock Experiment Station there until his semi-retirement. They continued to run a few cows just outside of Miles City. In about 1999, Joe and Thelma returned to the Hulett area, buying a small acreage between Hulett and Moorcroft. In 2009 their son Calvin had to move them to a nursing home in Omaha where they were able to share the same room, continuing to be together. Although they enjoyed some of the Omaha area offerings, in their hearts they never left Wyoming. On one particular Omaha outing, Thelma said, “I didn’t know there were any pretty places outside of Wyoming!”
Joe and Thelma are survived by all five children, Nancy Landeck of Clearmont, Wyoming, Wade Miller of Loganville, Georgia, Calvin Miller of Omaha, Connie Riley of Dillon, Montana, and Patsy Willener of Ft Collins, Colorado.
Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Hulett on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 10 a.m. A luncheon catered by Buttons and Bows will be held at the Hulett Civic Center following the services.