Helen M. O'Connor Miller
Helen M. (Larson) O'Connor Miller, 96, of Belt, Mont., passed away at Benefis Senior Care on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, with her daughter and granddaughter by her side.
A funeral liturgy was held on Wednesday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Father Dick Schlosser presiding. Burial will follow on Thursday, June 9, at 1 p.m. at the Nashua cemetery in Nashua, with Deacon Ed Malone presiding.
She was born on Oct. 20, 1919, to Harry E. and Catherine M. Larson. She married the first love of her life, Loren J. O'Connor, in August of 1940. They built a life together in Nashua where she was a wonderful mother and homemaker. Loren later passed away of cancer on Dec. 4, 1980. She married the second love of her life, Harold M. Miller, in June of 1988. He later passed away in 1992.
She was active in the Nashua Home Demonstration Club and Queen of Angels Church Alter Society. She later moved to Belt, where her grandchildren would hop the fence daily to visit her. In Belt, she continued being an avid card player and made the most delicious homemade lemon meringue pie. Her contagious smile lit up a room and her hugs made everyone feel special. She was simply the "world's best" Mother and Grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Catherine Larson; five siblings, Marsha Larson, Robert Larson, Phyllis Cummings, James Larson and George Larson; one son, Danny O'Connor; and one great-grandson, Zachary Shuck.
Survivors include four children, Pat O'Connor and his wife, Nan, of Billings, Mike O'Connor and his wife, Maryann, of Fort Benton, Kathleen Nichols and her husband, James, of Ulm, and Colleen Johnson and her husband, Martin, of Belt; the Miller girls, Pat Hallet, Barb LaRoque, Char Arneson and Susan Poling; 11 grandchildren, Kristi Nyquist, Brent O'Connor, Beverly Shuck, Lora Scammacca, Michelle O'Connor-Hill, Duane Nichols, Michael Nichols, Loren Nichols, Travis Johnson, Trevor Johnson, and Twylite Johnson; and 20 great-grandchildren.