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Patricia "Pat" Miller

Patricia (Pat) Miller died at her home in Willmar, Minnesota on May 3, 2020 at the age of 75 with her two daughters by her side.

Pat is survived by her daughters Maribeth VanKirk and Marcia Miller; her grandsons Emmett and Isaac Ruff; her sisters Bonnie (Swede) Elfering, Sue (Ed) Benson, and Judy (John) Jacobs; her sister-in-law Lori Halliday; brothers-in-law Dan Rupp and Chuck Nigut; ex-husband Larry (Jan) Miller; and many beloved aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and nephews; and cherished friends.  She is predeceased by her parents Leo and Loretta Halliday, her sisters Jane Halliday, Linda Rupp, and Mary Nigut, and her brother Dave (Doc) Halliday.

Pat was born in Florence, Arizona on February 28, 1945.  She graduated from high school in Olivia, Minnesota in 1963.  Pat and her family later moved to the New London-Spicer area where Pat was the youth director at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church.

Pat resided in Willmar, Minnesota for the last thirty-two years.  She was a teacher at the Willmar High School and continued to volunteer there upon her retirement.  As a volunteer, Pat worked as often as possible, but was always there on Wednesdays.  Her students lovingly called her Mrs. Wednesday.

Gardening was one of Pat’s many passions.  She was also an avid reader, collector, sports enthusiast, woodworker, and seamstress.  Pat also enjoyed spending time with her friends (RSVP) and family, who loved her dearly and will miss her very much.

If you had the pleasure of knowing Pat, you know that she treated all people equally, with genuine kindness and respect.

There is no formal celebration of Pat’s life planned at this time.  If you wish to honor Pat’s lifelong commitment to education, please consider a donation to the Page Education Foundation: www.page-ed.org.

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My sympathy to Pat's family. I fondly remember our friendly visits when Pat would attend conferences during Maribeth's Kindergarten days. Pat now will enjoy gardening in the Everlasting Garden. Peace to all who mourn her passing.

Dr. Kathryn K. (Grewe) Kelly May 6 2020 12:00 AM

I met Pat while being a Para at WHS. Every Wednesday we would visit and work with the ELL students. She was so good with all the kids. One day she asked if I wanted and flowers for my garden and well of coarse I said yes! She said it was time to split her plants and shed have some to get rid of. We worked all day together in her garden. I learned the names of each plant we split and then some more. We became fast friends. Shed share magazines and clippings of interesting plants and stories. I moved away to NH almost two years ago and we talked on the phone often and wrote sometimes. I will miss her friendship.

Vicki Holm May 5 2020 12:00 AM

My students enjoyed when Mrs. Wednesday would come into our class. She loved helping all of the students, and they loved having her in class. She would read with students and it made them feel so special. Whenever I went to watch a student play soccer, I knew I had someone to sit with. She would tell stories about the kids on the field and she remembered them all. She will he missed.

Stella Sandager May 4 2020 12:00 AM

I remember Pat from church Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic in Spicer Always so kind. Thinking of you Maribeth & Marcia and families. So sorry for your loss. Cindy Erickson- Uecker

Cindy May 4 2020 12:00 AM