Shirley Mae Miller Dies; Former Resident was 83

Shirley Mae (Halleen) Miller

Shirley Mae (Halleen) Miller, of Lewiston, Idaho, died peacefully on December 15, after a short hospitalization, with her family at her bedside. 

Shirley was born in the Lewiston Orchards at the family home on October 31, 1937, to Millard and Goldie Halleen, the youngest of five children. She loved that her birthday was on Halloween. Her father died when she was seven, and her mother later married Jim DeVault, who treated her as his own daughter.

Shirley graduated from Lewiston High School in 1955. In 1957 she married John Eimers at First Methodist Church. They lived in Caldwell, Idaho, while John attended college. After graduating, John was hired as a teacher and football coach for Parma High School.

In 1962 their daughter Marcia was born.

In 1964, Shirley and John visited Sitka where Shirley’s parents and brothers, who were working at Alaska Lumber & Pulp, were living. They fell in love with Alaska and joined the rest of the family in 1965. Their son Don John was born the following year.

Shirley and John later divorced. Shirley married a member of the Coast Guard who was stationed on the C.G. Cutter in Sitka. He was transferred to Valdez, Kennewick, Washington, and then to Honolulu, Hawaii. After leaving the Coast Guard the couple returned to Sitka. 

Following their divorce, Shirley wanted to move back to Hawaii. But before she could do that, she met a fellow Idahoan George Miller, whom she married in 1987. Shirley and George enjoyed socializing on the weekends, dancing, and playing darts. Later they became snowbird, living in Casa Grande, Arizona, with several friends from Sitka, and made many more special friends there. In 1999 they left Alaska for good, and summered in Lewiston. Her daughter and son-in-law, Bill Arnold, also left Alaska for Lewiston, and her son followed the next year. A few years later Shirley and George gave up the warm winters and lived year-round in Lewiston. She was not a fan of the cold and missed Arizona. 

Shirley was cremated and her daughter and son-in-law will take her cremains to Hawaii, to be forever warm.

Shirley was one of a kind. She had a subtle sense of humor and always spoke her mind, and all who knew her have fond memories and will miss her greatly, her family said..

Shirley is survived by her husband George Miller, Lewiston; her children Marcia Eimers Arnold (spouse Bill Arnold) and Don John Eimers, Lewiston; her sister Charlotte Halleen Worden, Lewiston; her brother Lowell Halleen (spouse Beverly Halleen), Vancouver Washington; and many nephews and nieces.  She is also survived by her two fur grandbabies, Biorka and Lucy.

Her parents Millard and Goldie Halleen, her stepfather Jim DeVault, her brother Don Halleen, and her sister Darlene Halleen preceded Shirley in death.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-18-22)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:55 pm Wednesday, May 18.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,675

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 249,522

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,762

Current Hospitalizations – 44

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "medium.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 54

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,633

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.





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