Our hearts go out to Bud Miller and his family on the loss of Paula. Bud is a frequent contributor to the McKinleyville Press op-ed pages and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, whether you agree with his views or not. Long-time readers of the McKinleyville Press may recall that years ago his grandsons contributed dispatches from the war in Iraq.
Paula was a sweet lady and, without question, the light of his life.
Here’s Paula’s obituary, written by Bud:
Paula Miller, the wife of Bud Miller, passed away on April 30 in Arcata. They have been residents of McKinleyville for the last three years. Before moving to McKinleyville they lived for almost 20 years in a home they built on 15 acres adjacent to Luffenholtz Creek south of Trinidad. Paula and Bud have remained close to their many friends in Trinidad and the surrounding area. Paula loved living in the woods and for the first ten years after building their home they had their own power and water system, paying only for the phone and propane. Prior to moving to Humboldt County they lived in the beach areas of Southern California where he was a shipyard supervisor. They also lived for four years in the Philippines at Subic Bay. Several grandsons lived with Paula and Bud at times, and played football for McKinleyville High. Paula was popular with grandson’s friends in the area who frequented their home in the woods. Paula was involved with the original preparation of the Westhaven Art Center and enjoyed attending events in Trinidad and the Art Center. Over the years Paula and Bud traveled many time to Europe where he had cousins in Denmark and they had friends in Germany, England and Ireland and they also researched a little family history in those countries.
Paula was born April 2, 1937 at Alvarado, Texas to Alton and Katherine Gill. The family came to Long Beach, California in 1942 to work in the war time shipyards on Terminal Island. They later moved to the Dominguez and Paula attended High School at Banning High in Wilmington.
Paula and Bud met in 1960 in Long Beach and have been married over 50 years. Bud said that it was the best 50 years any man could possibly have. Paula leaves her husband Bud and son Mark (Adela)of McKinleyville, daughters Kathy (Bill) and Jill (Chris) and son Paul of San Francisco. (Jill, also known as LaVay Smith, has performed with her band on two occasions at the Jazz Festival in Eureka as well as all over the U.S., Canada and Europe.) A son Jon is remembered at the Trinidad light house memorial. Paula’s grandchildren are greatly saddened by her passing, Dustin, Jon (Natasha), Luke and Dylan Miller, who all played football at Mac High, and Ava (in College in Argentina) and Ella of San Francisco and Jaime and Shannon of Southern California. She leaves great grandchildren Mia, Adrian, Skyla,Vlad, and Tatiana Paulina (born on Paula’s birthday,April 2, while Paula was in the hospital) and one great great grandchild. Paula was the youngest in her family and is survived by her brother Bob (Mary) Gill of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and sisters Lois Ledford and Virginia (Glen) Horton of Palmdale, California where Paula’s nephew Jim Ledford has been the mayor for many years. Bud wrote a tribute poem to Paula for their 50 years of marriage which thanks her for 50 unbelievably great years together.
A memorial will be held at the Trinidad Town Hall on Wednesday May 4 at 3:00 pm.