Charlene was born to Edith and Edwin Johnson in Jamestown NY. Her sister Alyce was born after her. After graduation from high school Charlene took the Government test and received a job with the U.S. Army, working in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. It was in Washington that Charlene met Charles Malcolm Miller and they were married shortly after that in 1952 and lived in Alexandra, VA. Their first blessing arrived in 1954, David Malcolm Miller. He was a big baby and looked very much like the Gerber baby. David has worked hard in his education and is very passionate about the beliefs that he holds. He currently lives in New York City and is in school to achieve another degree. Their second blessing arrived in 1957, Steven Matthew Miller and he looked a lot like his daddy. Steven decided to serve our country in the United States Army. He had the opportunity to live in Germany and see parts of the country during his service. After his service he received his Bachelor of Art degree.
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In the early 1960’s Malcolm was transferred to Boulder, CO to work at the Department of Commerce using his drafting skills and ability to design equipment that is still being used around the world today. Much to their surprise their third blessing arrived in 1965, Heather Louise. They built a house up in the mountains and moved into the basement while the upper floors were being finished. Sadly, their marriage ended and Charlene moved back into Boulder and started working at the University of Colorado with the Semester at Sea program (which is still an active program).
In 1971, Charlene met Arthur Dike and in 1972 they were married. Charlene and Arts marriage lasted over 30 years and ended when Art passed away in 2004. In 1991 Art and Charlene and Heather and her husband Chad welcomed into the world another blessing, Tyler Slinkard. He entered the world in a big way (9 lbs 4.5oz) and started growing before our eyes. Charlene was so proud of him when he made the decision to serve our country in the United States Marine Corps for 6 years. In 1995 another blessing arrived, Sean Slinkard in an even bigger way, 10 lbs 8 oz. Sean looked like a football player at birth with his huge shoulders. Like his brother Tyler, and at the same time as Tyler, he dedicated 6 years to serving our country in the United States Marine Corps. Charlene was so proud of him. One last blessing arrived in 1995, Christopher Slinkard. He was fortunate enough to only be 8 lbs, to his Mom’s delight! Following in his brothers footsteps Chris entered the United States Navy and is currently actively serving in his 6 year contract.
Charlene loved to travel, especially to Ouray, CO, and saw a lot, if not all, of America and parts of Canada. To meet new people and get up in the mountains Charlene gambled for many years and always assured everyone that she wouldn’t lose everything, haha. She was true to her word! Charlene also volunteered in an office that arranged home health care for individuals and loved doing trips and activities with the Longmont Senior Center. She was blessed beyond measure in 2018 when Steven moved in with her and diligently took care of her needs as she aged. In 2019, Charlene moved to a new home with a lot of fun and one of her favorite things, ice cream.
To say that our Mom, aunt, friend, grandma, mother in law, neighbor won’t be missed is an understatement. She lives on through all of us and when we see the color teal, we will always remember her. For those of us that ate her spaghetti and pot roast we will always think of her when we eat those dishes. When we see Wedgewood her life will be present in our minds.
Each life has purpose and there are things to be learned from each life. Charlene lived life to the fullest and she worked through the hard times and always remembered the good times. May we do what she did by living our life to the fullest with Jesus Christ as the center of our life. At some point each of us will reach the end of our earthly life and the decision that we have made to either accept Jesus Christ into our life or not will determine where we spend eternity. If you have never heard this and would like to know more about eternity, please don’t put off asking the questions you have. I know that Charlene would love to see all of us that love her in heaven where she resides now.
Funeral service to be held Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 11 AM at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Our Center, 220 Collyer St, Longmont, CO 80501.