GLADYS ELLIS PAPE MILLER 04/23/08 ~ 07/14/03
Within the past year we've lost two Boyd family descendants-Norman Johnson and Lewis W. Boyd- now we've lost a third. Reaching 95 years of age is no small thing, especially staying healthy physically and mentally; but Gladys seemed to pulled it off up until recently- as Norm Johnson did at 94. I only met these Boyd cousins within the last few years -sad to say- but I could see that Gladys was a woman of fierce independance and spoke her own mind, who enjoyed her own home until close to the end.
Gladys maybe patterned her life after her mentors-Kate Glover & Nell Wheelock, early femenist in the Skagit Valley (no small feat up this way the first half of the 20th Century) whom Gladys shared remembrances here at the Stump Ranch.
Like Norm, Gladys was at the funeral of their grandfather Alex Boyd after he passed Febuary of 1918. The picture to the left here shows Gladys during the memorial Easter Sunday 1918 at the home of her Aunt and Uncle, Annie and Joe Hoyt in Prairie, Wa. Gladys is the girl to the far left, her mother Grace is the woman in the upper right corner. (click the picture for more photos of that day) Our condolances to Gladys daughter Charlene, granddaughter Kathleen as well as the extended Pape & Miller family. If anyone would like to share remembrances of Gladys and her life, feel free to e-mail me here and I will be happy to post. The photo at the bottom right corner is Gladys with the Ruffus Wood family in 1938. The following is her obituary. DR

Gladys Ellis Pape Miller passed away in Mount Vernon, WA on Monday, July 14, 2003.

She was born in Concrete, WA on April 23, 1908, the daughter of James L. Pape and Grace Boyd Pape.

She was a lifetime mem-ber of the Presbyterian Church, baptized in the old log Mount Baker Presbyterian Church in Concrete.

She grew up and attended schools in the Hamilton area. In 1928 she married Charles Robert Reece in Sedro-Woolley, they had one child, a daughter, Charlene. For a few years they lived and were employed in Seattle. In 1936 they moved back to Skagit Valley and made their home at Van Horn. He was employed with the Superior Portland Cement Co. and she was a telephone operator for Skagit Telephone and Telegraph (owned locally by Stowe and Judy). Charles left the area, but Gladys was employed as a telephone operator for many years maintaining her home and raising her daughter in Concrete.

In 1948 Gladys married Magnus F. Miller. He was recalled into the Navy for the Korean War. They spent two years in San Francisco where Gladys worked at the jewelry counter on the Navy Base at Treasure Island. When they returned to Concrete she worked for a short time at the telephone office and began getting involved in civic affairs.

She helped organize the Rural Fire Dept., served as president of The Upper Skagit Garden Club and later as district director of Chuckanut Garden Clubs and on the Washington State Federation Garden Board. She was active in and a lifetime member of the Skagit Historical Society at the time the museum was built in the La Conner Water Tank. She was a member of the Charles Carroll Chapter of DAR in Sedro -Woolley.

In 1968 the cement plant, (then Lone Star Cement) closed in Concrete and the Miller's moved to Seattle where Mr. Miller was general foreman at the Duwamish plant.

Gladys became active in the Mary Morris Chapter and was elected regent and a member of the Rainier Chapter, DAR.  She and Magnus formed a block watch on Gatewood Hill in the 37th SW block. For nine years Gladys served as state historian of The Mayflower Society.  She was a life member of the Mayflower Descendants, an eleventh generation descendant of Richard Warren. She attended Hillcrest Presbyterian Church in West Seattle.

She moved to Mount Vernon in 1999 to be close to family after Magnus passed away.

She is survived by her daughter, Charlene LaFleur-Bronson and a granddaughter Kathleen La Fleur-Crowe and her husband David Crowe, all of Mount Vernon, numerous nieces and nephews, especially James H. Pape and close friends here, and her neighbors in the West Seattle neighborhood.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Grace and James Pape; husband, Magnus F. Miller; sisters: Hazel O'Hara and Corrine Robinson; brothers: Carl, Ralph, James and Eugene Pape; also her first husband, Charles Reece.

We celebrated her 95th Birthday this year. By her request there will be no funeral services.  She will be inurned in Forest Park Cemetery in Concrete in a private family ceremony.

Memorials may be given to Skagit County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 818 La Conner, WA 98257 or Ladies Auxiliary, Heskett-Arnold American Legion Post #132, 45952 Main St. Concrete, WA 98237 or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.


God saw she was getting tired,
And a cure was not to be
So he put his arms around her,
And whispered come with me.
With tearful eyes we watched
her suffer
And saw her fade away,
Although we loved her dearly,
We could not make her stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Small, frail hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to
prove to us
He only takes the best.
Author Unknown

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