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Delpha Miles - August 16, 2012

Delpha E. (Wolf) Miles died and her soul departed this earth on Aug. 16, 2012 at the age of 105 after a long bout with cancer. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Delpha was born near Dighton (Lane County), Kan. Dec. 1, 1906. She vividly remembered the Dust Bowl and the hardships of farm life in those days. During the worst storms, which lasted weeks on end, wet bed sheets were placed over doors and windows so the occupants could breathe.

She attended school on the prairie several miles from her house by riding a plow horse, and later a burro, with her younger brother. The small one-room schoolhouse had approximately 15 students of all ages up through the eighth grade.

Delpha graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1927 and attended Parks Business College in Denver. After several years in Denver, she and her husband moved to Carr, where they operated a dairy farm until 1958. She was then employed as a secretary to athletic director Bob Davis at the Colorado State University Athletic and Physical Education Department (then combined), retiring in 1971.

She loved the outdoors and traveled with her husband on many a fishing trip in Colorado and as far away as Alaska. Her grandfather had served in the U.S. Cavalry and had kept a diary of his adventures as a soldier, which she used to retrace his steps and visit all the various places he had been in the early days of the Old West.

This led to a keen interest in genealogy, and she became the extended family’s published expert long before the computer information age, painstakingly researching the old-fashioned way and typing on her “old trusty” IBM typewriter. Delpha was a member of the Coshocton, Ohio Genealogical Society and was the elder member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Valley of Fire Chapter, Las Vegas, Nev.

Her legacy to her children and grandchildren is priceless. Her farm days were relived in town by tending to a large garden, canning and preserving into her early 100s. The family eagerly looked forward to her raspberry and grape jellies. She loved her flower garden but insured that she maintained room for her grandchildren to play in the back yard. Each grandchild was welcomed into the world with a present, such as a painstakingly hand-knitted blanket or a special crocheted item.

She had a strong sense of patriotism and family ties. She lived in difficult times without complaint and fully appreciated the good times, counting her blessings. Delpha was a very caring mother and friend who always thought of others before herself. This endeared her to all who knew her. She taught the principles of right and wrong by example. In all these respects, Delpha was a pioneer and represented the American spirit. She was a gift given by God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herschel Miles; daughter, Mona Marie; brothers, Chester, Leslie and Roger Wolf; son-in-law, Wilber Schmidt; grandson, Kristopher Miles; and great-grandsons, Mason and Lee Gorman.

She is survived by her two children, Dwight Miles of Fort Collins and Carol Schmidt of Haxtun; daughter-in-law, Jeanette Miles; grandchildren, Kurt Miles and wife Mary, Valerie Miles, David Miles and wife Amanda, Delana Gorman and husband Troy, Danny Schmidt and wife Laura and Danine Zwiebel; great-grandchildren, Devon Miles, Elliot and Jacob Miles, Keaton and Chelsea Gorman, Dalyn and Meghan Schmidt and Morgan, Katelyn, Abigayle and Brody Zwiebel; great-great-grandchildren, Christian and Cayden Miles and Chloe Schmidt; and step-great-grandchildren, Judi Sheppard and Lynda Gavlan. She is also survived by two cousins to whom she felt especially close, Gail Sharp of Healy, Kan. and Lois Bryant of Scott City, Kan. She was particularly proud of two different five-generation pictures of her family.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Pathways Hospice, who helped comfort her in her final days, in care of Allnut Funeral Home, 650 W. Drake Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526.

Viewing will be Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., with the funeral service following at 1 p.m. at Allnut Funeral Home in Fort Collins.