Oct. 24, 1923 — Sept. 14, 2013
Monte Miller, 89, passed away Sept. 14, 2013, at home with family members near. She was born Evelyn May Boulden on Oct. 24, 1923, in a Montana log cabin on the Musselshell River.
After graduation, she moved to the Vancouver area where she worked as a welder in the Kaiser Shipyards building Liberty ships. She married Ray James in 1940 and they had three children before relocating to the Pendleton area prior to his death in 1956.
She married her longtime business partner, Bill Miller, in 1971, and they owned and ran a restaurant and lounge in Pendleton, where she became the matriarch of an extended family of patrons and employees before retiring in 1986.
After Bill’s death in 2001 she became increasingly devoted to photography and loved driving area roads with her friends in the Blue Mountain Photo Club on photo shoots. She won many ribbons and awards for her work.
She is survived by a stepson, Ronald James; daughter Laura James; sons Shannon Peake, and Mike (Joanne) and Lamarr James; sister-in-law Phyllis Lew of Baker City, Ore.; nephew, John (Jan) Killian of California; and niece Sue Eason of North Carolina. She is preceded in death by her parents, Pearl and Frances Boulden; sister Faye Killian; and brothers Allen and Ken Boulden.
Memorial funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of the Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, with the Rev. Steve Morris officiating. Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to the Blue Mountain Humane Society through the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.