Bette Jo Miller

Sep 15, 2021

Bette Jo Miller, 95, of Spirit Lake passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date at the Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Arrangements are under the direction of the Schuchert-Lentz Funeral in Spirit Lake. Online condolences may be sent to

Bette Jo Miller was born December 3, 1925, to Carl and Leona Behrendsen at Gilmore City, Iowa. She graduated from Ruthven High School in 1944. After high school she moved to Los Angeles, CA working at Douglas Aircraft. She returned to Ruthven after World War II. She married Orland Miller on September 30, 1946 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They were the parents of three children, Mary Jo Daniels, Barbara McBreen and Michael Miller. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for 70 plus years and a member of the Catholic Daughters for 50 plus years. She worked at Spirit Lake Savings and Loan, now Northwest Bank. She retired in 1987. She worked at Tri State and the Cob Web after retiring. 

Bette was preceded in death by her husband, Orland of 49 years, her parents, 3 sisters, 3 brothers and their spouses. Surviving sister Jeanne Jones ; nephew Michael Miller Keehner; Children Mary Jo Daniels; Barbara (Joe) McBreen; Mike (Debbie) Miller; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Becky) McBreen; Kristin Mcbreen; Caitlin (Kevin) McTague; Hayley (Jen) Meese; Bethany Meese; Calvin Miller; Kelly (Eric) Schemenauer; ten great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; cousin Paul Estes and many friends.