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Naida Miller passed into the loving arms of Jesus on the morning of March 2, 2022, after a short illness.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Naida Louise MillerMarch 5, 1932 ~ March 2, 2022

Naida Louise Miller was born on March 5, 1932, to Bus and Clara Evans in Prineville, Oregon. She passed into the loving arms of Jesus on the morning of March 2, 2022, after a short illness.

She was the first girl born into the family of six boys and four girls. Naida learned a work ethic at an early age. She waited tables at the White Castle Café, former location of Joe's Eastside Grocery. She worked a summer for Donna Bryson, babysitting and cleaning. The following two summers brought her to the Miller Ranch in Paulina to assist May with cooking for the hay crew. Her brother, Stub Evans, had been working there as well.

Naida met Pat Miller, her only love, and married in January after graduating from CCHS in l950. She joined him on Wolf Creek working side by side, raising four daughters, and living a happy, satisfied life.

Naida was active in the Pau Mau Club, Crook County Cowbelles, leading 4-H groups, and supporting school activities. Serving on the local Crook County election board was also a responsibility that she took seriously. She served on the Paulina local school board committee, as well, as working many hours cleaning the cookshack and cooking hamburgers before and during the annual Paulina Rodeo. Her boullibase was a favorite at the Paulina Soup Suppers. She was also the chaperone for the Paulina Rodeo Court for several years. Naida was named the Paulina Old Timer in 2016, an honor that she greatly enjoyed.

In l967, Pat and Naida bought a ranch in Powell Butte, to expand their cattle operation, as well, as to provide an ongoing education for their daughters. They spent weekends for many years driving back and forth running two ranches. Summers found her swathing hay, an activity she took great pride in. Flood irrigation was also a passion of Naida's, and a task she was very good at as well.

Naida quickly absorbed herself in the Powell Butte community in the Powell Butte School PTA, Powell Butte Garden Club, and also took on the hobby of painting ceramics. Her beautiful pieces were generously given to family and friends to enjoy. Naida, being the great mom that she was, faithfully drove carpools five mornings a week to volleyball and basketball practices, cheerleading, as well as high school rodeos. Naida wasn't a complainer, and her family was the most important thing in life to her.

In later years, she traveled with her daughters and their families to the NFR, the Oregon Coast, EOSC volleyball games, rodeos, and to Arizona for a couple weeks in the winter with Pat.

They welcomed six grandkids and later four great-grandkids, which they both got much enjoyment from. Pat passed away in 2015 after 64 years of marriage. Six more great-grandkids were born, while Naida continued to run the ranch until she sold it in 2020, and bought a home in Prineville. She spent many enjoyable hours furnishing it, reading in the sunshine, and planting countless flowers in her backyard. She enjoyed spending time in her new home and would also visit her daughters from time to time.

Naida lived fearlessly and honestly and was generous to all. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by siblings, Jerry Evans and Rosie Holliday; daughters, Dana Millin (Gary), Patti Miller (Mike Sturza and Todd Williamson), Toni Lewis (Jim), Lisa McLean (Rob); grandchildren, Kaki Morehead (Shawn), Chance Millin (Nikki), Rylee Campbell (Morgan), Jace Lewis (Emily Gannon), Kade McLean (Kiree Fletcher), and Presley Smith (Steve). Great-grandchildren include Crae and Cy Millin, Brymlee Morehead, Jaide, Dausen, and McCoy Campbell, Anistyn McLean, and Callan and Stone Smith.

Naida was preceded in death by her husband, Pat Miller; parents, Bus and Clara Evans; son-in-law, Mike Sturza; great-granddaughter, Keel Allyn McLean; brothers, Nord Evans, Norm Evans, Stub Evans, Dee Evans, Denny Evans; and sisters, Diane Barnes and Nola Coulter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Crook County Historical Society, Hospice, or to the charity of one's choice.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, March 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church at 450 SE Fairview Street, in Prineville, Oregon.

Prineville Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.

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