Othelia Miller


August 16, 1917 - November 12, 2017


Othelia Miller, 100, of Mitchell, died Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Funeral services will be Friday, November 17, 2017, 11:00AM, at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in the American Legion Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Othelia Miller was born August 16, 1917, at Artas, SD, to Paul and Amelia (Schaer) Berreth. She attended rural school near Artas. She met her future husband, Walter F. Miller when he came to teach in the area. Othelia and Walt were married on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1937 in Aberdeen, SD.

Walt and Othelia opened Miller’s Jewelry in Mitchell and operated the “pa and ma” shop until their retirement in 1988. Walt and Othelia shared many hobbies including cross-country skiing, reading, dancing, bird watching, gardening and traveling. With a great passion for adventure and learning about cultures and religions of the world they explored over forty countries on twenty-two overseas trips.

Othelia is survived by two daughters, Patricia Miller and husband, Larry Suchy of Minneapolis, MN, Ginny Magnuson and husband, Tony of Mitchell; two sons, Douglas Miller and wife, Charlene of Deadwood, SD, Charles Miller and wife, Bonnie of Fort Dodge, IA; four grandchildren: Dawn Baik, Kenan, Geoffrey and Jeremiah Miller; and four great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Taylor, Michael and Matthew.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walt on February 17, 2006; two sisters, Ella Orth and Bertha Schweigert; three brothers: Art, Reuben and Alfred Berreth; and a grandson, Kyle Miller. 


Friday, November 17, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Mitchell First United Methodist Church
310 N Rowley St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, November 17, 2017
11:00 AM
Mitchell First United Methodist Church
310 N Rowley St
Mitchell, SD 57301


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on November 17, 2017
We send our Sympathy to the Othelia Miller family. May all the good Memories of life with her bring you Comfort & Peace all the days. The loss of a mother can never be replaced, but the love of a mother can never be lost.

We purchased our wedding rings from you parents 52 years ago, but the best thing we ever did was take dance lessons with your parents. Your Mom was a sweet lady, always so complimentary.

She was a faithfilled person, may she enjoy the Happiness of Heaven, she so richly deserves.
Posted by Charles and Donna Korus on November 16, 2017
Such a wonderful lady. WE met her at dances at JVC. She enjoyed life . Loved to visit with everyone. She certainly will be missed.
Posted by Larry Wegehaupt on November 16, 2017
I and the rest of the people who danced with her at the Community Center in Mitchell will miss her very much. She was such an inspiring, vibrant, person.
Posted by Laury Gregg Mosher on November 15, 2017
I too have many fond memories of Walt and ‘Celius’ Which is what we fondly called Othelia. My black hills gold collection started from Miller’s Jewelry and it is all I wear. What a wonderful couple who my parents were proud to call friends.
Posted by Robin Gregg on November 15, 2017
So sorry to hear of Othelia's passing. I, too, remember many family get-to-gethers in our back yard with the Millers over the years as I grew up in Mitchell. Barb and I also bought our engagement and wedding rings from Walt and Othelia down on Main Street 47 years ago. They were the best. I always thought about Othelia whenever I passed her house when in town visiting my brother. She lived just down the street from him. Now Walt and Othelia are together again. Condolences to Pat, Ginny, Doug, and my old friend Charlie. God bless.
Posted by Deede (Hubbard) Woolfolk on November 15, 2017
Most sincere condolences to Pat, Ginny, Doug, Charlie and their family members.
Othelia was an outstanding, wonderful lady! Even though I have not lived in Mitchell for many years, I shall always have many fond memories of the great times we had with both her and your Dad. She and I continued to keep in correspondence periodically down through the years and that has been special to me.
Our loss here on Earth is Heaven's gain, where she now reunites with your Dad for their eternal reward. within God's loving care...
Posted by Pam vissia on November 14, 2017
My sincere sympathy to Mrs Millers family--My parents purchased there engagement rings and wedding rings from Millers Jewelry store and when I got ready to purchase my first black hills gold ring I got it from Mr and Mrs Miller and made payments on it. They were the nicest couple. So miss them on main street in Mitchell as they were a true mom and pop business and it was all about the hand shake across the counter and they knew you when you came in the store and you were like family to them. Condolences to the family
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