May Miller, born
on March 11, 1936 at General Hospital in Eureka to William
Leonard Dokweiler and Edith May (Crowl), passed away on October 31, 2018 in Fortuna.
parents moved around a lot when her father worked for Toby &
Prior Ranches. Thelma started school in a one-room school house near
Deer Field Ranch on Buck Mountain. They later moved to Harris and
on to Alderpoint. Thelma attended high school at South Fork High in
Miranda. In her senior year she met David Miller Jr. from Fort Collins, Colorado. Dave came to Alderpoint when some friends (Bob &
Margaret Saxen) told him there was lots of work here and that they
had met the perfect girl for him. Thelma met the love of her life at
one of the many dances held in the community. Dave and Thelma were
married on June 19, 1954 in the little gray church in Alderpoint.
had four daughters : Cynthia born March 1956, died September 1956; Katherine (Neil) Wildgrube, Rio Dell; Karen Hower (Rick Parsells)
Rio Dell; and Cheryl (Todd) Patterson, Kalispell, Montana. They had five grandsons: Travis Wildgrube (April Daniel), Rio Dell; Chad Hower, died 2008; Kenny (Rechelle) Hower, Fortuna; Lee (Sara) Morgan, Germany; Clay (Erin) Morgan, Kalispell, Montana. They had great-grandchildren
Jace Hower, Boonville; Chase & Gage Hower, Fortuna;
Haden & Lacey Morgan, Germany; Maddie Burch & baby on the
way Morgan, Kalispell.
leaves behind her brother Roy (Judy) Dokweiler of Carlotta,
sisters-in-law Silvia Miller of Fort Collins and Erma Peterson of
Arizona. Thelma also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, along
with extended family and close friends.
went to work for the Postal Service in Alderpoint in June of 1969 as
a clerk. While she was a clerk she also filled in at other offices
when needed. She worked Zenia, Blocksburg, Bridgeville and
Garberville. In 1985 Thelma was made postmaster at Alderpoint and
retired there in 1999. Thelma really enjoyed working at the post
office. She had several customers that would come in every day and
have coffee with her and her co-worker Georgia Hespen. Alderpoint
was a tight-knit community that always watched out over each other.
There was a couple of occasions that a customer would call to check
on her if they thought something was just not right.
Thelma retired, Dave and her took a cruise to Alaska, and made a trip
to Arizona, and Colorado. They were both happiest at home riding
their four-wheelers and working on their property. Thelma loved working
in her yard and canning the veggies from their garden. Most of all
she loved when her children came to visit.
Dave passed away in 2012, Thelma moved to Rio Dell to be closer to
family. Thelma suffered from Alzheimer’s the last few years and
moved in with her daughters up until the end. The Family would like
to thank the are givers at Fortuna Wellness & Rehab in Fortuna
for taking such good care of Thelma this past month. Thelma leaves
behind so many good friends and family. She always said she had a
good life and was ready to be reunited with Dave.
On Thursday, November 29th at 11 a.m. the family and close friends are invited to join us at Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka for graveside services for both Thelma & Dave. There will be a celebration of life held later at 1:30 p.m. at the Fortuna Fire Hall. The family hopes all will come and share special memories and stories.