Stella Miller

Stella Louise Miller (SKRAMSTAD)

Tuesday, December 12th, 1944 - Sunday, July 26th, 2020
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Stella L. Miller
December 12, 1944 – July 26, 2020

Stella L. Miller, of Clifton, CO, passed away at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, CO. She was 75 years old.

Stella was born to Melvin A. and Julia (née Lenertz) Skramstad in Minot, North Dakota, on December 12, 1944, where her journey began. Raised and schooled in Minot, she met and married David Williams, a career U. S. Air Force member, in 1962. They later had two boys while stationed in Washington State--Thomas (1967), and Steven (1969). The family moved to Maine, where daughter Julie was born (1971). The family received new orders, and moved to South Dakota in 1974. Stella and David later divorced, and in 1978 she married Thomas Miller, also a member of the USAF. Stella and her family continued to relocate from place to place, including California, Nevada, and the United Kingdom, before settling in Colorado in 1985. She raised her children, worked retail and as a CNA for many years, and, in retirement, volunteered with the Foster Grandparent Program as a classroom aide with local schools, helping teach and nurture the special-needs children that she loved so much.

Stella was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She is survived by sisters Rita (Robert) Chacon of Thornton, CO, and Cindy (Barry) Flath of Grand Forks, ND, and her three children and their respective spouses: Thomas (T.J.) Williams of Twentynine Palms, CA; Steven and Julie (née Reed) Williams of Clifton, CO; and Julie (née Williams) and Neal Alexander of Grand Junction, CO. Her life was full of blessings that included four grandchildren: Danielle Carver, Brian Williams, James (Chase) Toliver, and Karina Toliver, all of Grand Junction, as well as many nephews, nieces, and others in her extended family.

She was surrounded by family and friends who always had the time to visit, play a game of Skip-Bo, or to take her for outings. Her mother and father, Julia and Melvin A. Skramstad, along with her brother, Melvin C. (Sonny) Skramstad, preceded Stella in death.

The family would like to thank the staff of HopeWest Hospice of Grand Junction for the love and devotion they continually gave Stella. She loved her family as the most important thing in her life. She will be greatly missed by us all. Services will be held at a later time when everyone can come together.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to HopeWest Hospice, 3090 N. 12th St. #A, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
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Posted at 10:38am
I have many wonderful memories of Stella in our classroom at Clifton Elementary. She was always giving of herself to me, her coworkers and her “kids”. “Grandma” Stella has made such a difference in the lives of many young students in the Clifton area. Her love of kids was profound and she treated them with with the respect she knew they deserved. In the classroom, she offered each child the love and acceptance they needed. She read to children, talked with them every day, gave hugs freely and set each child up to face the world with confidence. She was always complimentary of others and in turn was widely recognized for her natural way with kids, winning awards from Foster Grandparents. She always said the kids gave her more than she ever game them, that may be true, but it was close. What Stella offered did not easily translate to better numbers or higher test scores, what she gave was more valuable.
I as always so impressed with the way she talked about her own kids, in laws and most especially grandkids. She loved you all, appreciated what you did for her and felt blessed, as she was. I’m glad she was part of my life. I’ll miss her.
Joe Zeni

Corena Molgard

Posted at 07:01pm
My Aunt Stella was a warm, loving person. My Mom (Rita) her Sister and I would frequent her home at least 1 time a year for as long as I can remember. She always greeted us with a smile and would have dinner cooked or would have my cousins over to her home for a BBQ. It was relaxing to sit in her home or outside and reminisce about the good times:) You could feel the love and see the love that she had for her Family with the the many pictures on her walls, coasters, end tables and etcetera. Aunt Stella would give the shirt off of her back to each and everyone of us, as she loved all of us unconditionally. Aunt Stella was a feisty, sassy pants and as stubborn as they come, but her gentleness made up for all of that:) I was so blessed that I was able to see her on Sunday the 19th of July, I held her right hand, kissed her on the forehead and told her that I loved her, God bless her and keep her safe!! While her Son (my sweet Cousin Steven) were leaving her room (which I might add was a comfortable and beautiful place) that took more than superb care of her for the past couple of months), she had said don't wake the babies, and Steven asked which babies and she said all of them because that would be BS. No babies were there at that moment!! That is my Aunt Stella for sure:) and made me smile that she was still the boss till the end....Love, Prayers and hugs to all the Family.
I cannot imagine a better place for her then in the arms of our precious Lord. Your Cousin Corena

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