Josephine M. Miller, 76, a lifelong resident of Tonasket went peacefully into the arms of our heavenly Father Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011.
Josephine was born Dec. 11, 1934 to Clifford and Sylvia Fry in Omak. She grew up surrounded by her three brothers and two sisters. She attended Loomis and Tonasket schools for her education. She met Clyde Dellinger at a dance in Riverside and they married shortly thereafter. This union produced a daughter whom they named Chris. In 1952 Josephine married Homer Buck Jr. They had four children: Eb, Debra, Rex and Peggy. The family grew and flourished in Tonasket and can recount many fun filled times and memories. Jo was a cook and a school bus driver until 1976 and had worked for Haskel and Burns packing shed for over 30 years. The children, grandchildren (17), great grandchildren (17) and a great great grandchild were the joy of her life. In the twilight of her years she met Richard ‘Dick’ Miller. They married March 30, 2002 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Dick was a true and loving companion.
Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Luella Grace; brothers George and Ronald Fry; husbands Homer Buck Jr., Kenneth Hereth and Cecil Blaufuss.
She is survived by her husband of the home, Dick Miller of Omak; her children: daughter, Chris (Don) Whittington of Tonasket, son, Eb (Tina) Buck of Newberg, Ore., son, Rex (Patti) Buck of Carlton, Ore., daughter, Peggy Keen (fianc&#233; Darren Curtis) of Tonasket; sister, Carol (Steve) Leslie of Chesaw; her brother, Clarence (Jan) Fry; sister-in-law, Donna Webster of Okanogan; and her longtime friends, Genon Pickering of Tonasket and Mettie Fry of Omak.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Legacy Memorial Funeral Home in Omak. A memorial service will be held in Tonasket at the Eagles on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to North Valley Extended Care facility. Condolences may be left for the family at www.legacymemorial.info.
Clayton Draggoo and Legacy Memorial Funeral Home have been entrusted with the arrangements.