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Sylvia L. Miles

Sylvia L. Miles passed away on Feb. 9, 2005, in Rifle. She was 95.She was born June 23, 1909, in Norton, Kan., to Frances E. and Martha E. (Worley) Gilder. She spent her childhood in Norton, Kan., and Moffat, Colo., and graduated from high school in Moffat.Sylvia married Arthur Edmund Miles Aug. 8, 1931, in Alamosa. She received a bachelor’s degree from Western State College in 1948 and a masters’ degree from Western State College in 1955.Sylvia was a member of the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church of Rifle, the Bradford Society, the May Flower Society, Beta Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma, The Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Colorado Dames of 17th Century. She held offices in most of these clubs. She founded the Richard Gildersleeve I chapter, and taught classes in music appreciation, ceramics, world travel and genealogy.Her husband, parents, son William E. Miles, brothers and sisters preceded her in death.She is survived by daughter-in-law Barbara Portz and her husband, Leonard; two grandchildren, David Miles and Dian (Tyler) Clark, of Westminster, Colo.; and special friends, too many to mention individually.She is noted as saying, “My mother told me, a day you don’t learn something new, is a day wasted.”Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Rifle, with the Rev. Richard Stoakes officiating. Burial will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle.Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the charity of one’s choice.


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