Sylvia Rose (Almendares) Miller


Sylvia Rose Miller (Almendares), was born September 3, 1937, in Dixon, New Mexico and was taken   by the angels while surrounded by family on Monday, September 4, 2017 at Ivinson Memorial Hospital.

Although Sylvia’s life took a different path when she was diagnosed with dementia she was able to continue to enjoy the many things she loved at home because of her son Jeff and a very special person, Bonnie Jordan, who became a part of the family in so many ways. Because of these two, Sylvia was able to experience new things and enjoy the things she always loved such as going to bingo, getting a pedicure, having her hair done, enjoying the afternoon at the park watching all the children play, working in her yard, going for a drive or just visiting over a cup of coffee while snacking on cookies.

Although Sylvia’s illness affected her mind it never interfered with her smile, that could light up any room, her infectious laughter or her love for her family, fishing, spoiling all animals, garage saling, her love of all things sweet such as cookies and danishes, playing bingo, working in her yard and garden and spending time in the mountains.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents Candido and Dolores (Rael) Almendares, her husband, Donald E. Miller and her sister Pearl Almendares.

Sylvia is survived by her children, Jeff Theis (Laramie), Shavon Theis (Tucson, AZ), Tony (Lisa) Theis (Laramie), and Yolanda (Tim) Daniels (Sheridan, WY). Grandchildren Amanda (Felipe) Infante, Dustin (Katie) Daniels, Ashley (Willis Miller) Daniels, Dylan Daniels, Kacee Theis and Johordan Theis and two great grandchildren, Collin and Ethan Infante. She is also survived by her siblings, Elden (Laura) Almendares, Melvyn (Linda) Almendares and Donald (Waiva) Almendares and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home on  Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:30 am. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am until the service. Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery.  All family and friends are welcome.  A reception will follow the service.

The family would like to give a big thank you to the amazing nurses and doctors, especially those on the second floor, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital, who cared for Sylvia while she was there. Their kindness, compassion and willingness to ensure that both Sylvia and the family were comfortable was an unexpected gift. In many ways the staff too became a part of the family, especially when they joined the family in celebrating Sylvia’s 80th birthday.


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Condolences (17)

  • Anonymous

    Yolanda, Tim and Families, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Our love to all of you, Tom and Stephanie Williams

  • Anonymous

    Don, Waiva, Maria, Kristi, Tony & Lisa, We are sorry to hear of your sister and mom's passing. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories. Prayers to all of you and your family.

  • Jane Vortherms

    JEFF, SHAVON, TONY, YOLANDA and families, I am very sorry for your loss. May God bless you all. Cherish the

  • The Woirhaye's

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. From the Woirhaye's

  • Stephanie Carter

    Dear friends, God be with you all. I'm here always. Find comfort in the joy your mother brought you. My love, Barry Carter family

  • Anonymous

    Tony, Jeff, Yolanda, and Shavon, Our heartfelt sympathies are with you all during this sad time. Please take solace that your mom is with God now and lives without pain or any of the struggles she's endured here on earth. We know God has blessed her and you all at this sad time. The Edmonds-Don Janet, Tony,Sara, Sofia, JennyDawn and Stephen (Harney)

  • Karen Onken

    Jeff, Shavon, Tony, Yolanda and families; my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother and grandmother. Hold on to all the good memories and know she is now at peace. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Love Cousin Karen

    • Shavon Theis

      Thank you cousin and for the plant from all the cousins. Jeff will keep it as a memory of mom and her love of gardening and the green thumb.

  • Anonymous

    Jeff, Shavon, Tony, Yolanda and family - sending you our deepest condolences on the loss of your mom. Aunt Sylvia will always hold a special place in my heart. She is soaring with the angels now. I hope that your lifetime of precious memories will help ease the pain you are feeling at this time. I hope you can feel our arms around you all at this difficult time. Love, LaVonne, Mike & Family