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Edith Henke Stark Miller

Edith Henke Stark Miller, 95, who was involved in the Foster Grandparent Program, died Jan. 7, 2013.

She was born June 26, 1917, to Henry and Bertha Henke in Shepherd. After the death of her father, she moved to Billings in 1929 with her mother and sisters. She graduated from Senior High School in 1935, then worked at Woolworth’s.

She married Oliver Victor Stark on Nov. 23, 1939, in the parsonage of the Methodist Church. He died in 1940 following a truck-train accident. She was pregnant at the time with her son, Oliver Victor Stark Jr., who was born in September 1940.

She became one of the first people in Billings to receive a surviving spouse Social Security check, and obtained a house loan and purchased a house for herself and her son.

In 1946 she married Thomas Miller. They divorced in 1954.

She returned to work at Woolworth’s in 1957, retiring in 1979. After retiring she worked for her son until 1985, then became involved in the Foster Grandparent Program and was assigned to St. Francis Primary School, where she stayed until 2003. She continued to work for teachers in her home and completed her last school assignment in December 2012.

In 2003 she moved into West Park Village where she died volunteer work. After a bout with pneumonia, she was placed in the care of RiverStone Hospice where she survived for over two years with the help of a heart valve replacement.

Survivors include a son, Oliver Victor Stark; a daughter, Carol Ferro; a sister, Irene Pfaff; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on her birthday, June 26, 2013, at First United Methodist Church. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, St. Francis Primary or RiverStone Hospice.

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