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Betty Jo 'B.J.' Miller


October 3, 2019

Betty Jo “B.J.” Miller, 82, passed away peacefully Sept. 14, 2019, at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell, Wyo.

Betty Jo was born Betty Jo Putney, on October 24, 1936, in Hot Springs County, Thermopolis, where her father herded sheep and her mother stayed home caring for the children. Betty Jo lost her mother at the age of two and attended several boarding schools. She later attended Casper College for nursing and graduated in 1969. B.J. worked at several different hospitals and nursing homes in Wyoming .

Betty Jo, married Joseph Francis Miller Sr. and they were married 27 years before divorcing. Born of this marriage were three children, Lois Marie Miller, Martin, Joseph F. Miller Jr. and Vede Jacob Miller.

Betty Jo enjoyed her family time especially on holiday and birthday celebrations. She really enjoyed reading, coffee with Hazelnut creamer, smoking her cigarettes, travels and let’s not forget eating at her favorite places Red Lobster and Olive Garden. One of her loves was helping youth, caring for runaways and kids that needed extra love and attention that they couldn’t find at times in their current situations or even just a place to sleep for a night or two. She also loved animals her dogs were very important to her.

Betty Jo Miller was survived by her daughter, Lois Marie Miller Martin; sons, Joe Miller and Jake (Kristin) Miller; grandchildren, Heidi Brost Bohn, Hilary Simmons Jurney, Jade Martin, Angela Miller Campbell, Rhian Miller, Trenton Miller, and Kobee Miller; 14 great-grandchildren; and 4 great, great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Vede Putney and Ruby Lawrence; sisters, Lois Putney Doak and Dois Putney.

Cremation has taken place. There will be a carry in dinner for her family and friends on Sat., October 12, at 2 p.m. at the Community Hall behind the Community Federated Church, 244 North 6th St.


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