November 30, 1917 ~ March 1, 2007
Sylvia Miller Lange
November 30, 1917 - March 1, 2007
Sylvia Miller Lange passed gently from our midst on March 1, 2007, at the end of a long, full life. As she often said: "I've had a wonderful life and I wouldn't have wanted to miss it."
Sylvia Evelyn Miller Lange, known to her family and friends as "Silver," was born November 30, 1917, in the Crane Pond valley on the family homestead near Arcadia, Missouri. The daughter of Louie W. and Rauzylen Miller, she was raised in St. Louis and also in Bismarck, MO where she graduated high school.
She met her husband, Eugene G. "Gene" Lange while working in St. Louis during World War II. He was an Army Air Corp flight instructor. They married in 1942 and she spent the war years at Parks Air College in East St. Louis and Romulus, MI. When Silver became pregnant and Gene's orders sent him to the India war theatre, she resided with Gene's family in Fall River, WI. When their only son was born, a fellow pilot broke radio silence to get the news to Gene that Donald Eugene had arrived.
Silver and Gene built a new home and settled in Columbus, WI where they lived for 20 years operating the Columbus Mills. During these years Silver was very active as a wife, mother and community volunteer. She taught Sunday school, was a Cub Scout den mother, a champion of the Red Cross blood drives, and a mainstay of the Columbus Hospital auxiliary. She even had her own radio talk show: The Silver Lange Show.
In 1970, Silver and Gene moved back to the Crane Pond valley to further develop a lake that had originally been built by Silver's father and family. They remained at Crane Lake until 1973 when the U.S. Forest Service purchased the property, making it part of the Clark National Forest.
In 1973, Silver and Gene began a journey in their Airstream trailer that took them across the U.S., down to the tip of Baja, and throughout Canada. They called Nueva Espana, south of Ensenada, home as well as a mountain cabin in Pine, AZ. During these years, Silver and Gene also introduced their grandchildren to the beauty of our country, taking them on many travel adventures. Silver also honed her skills as an accomplished painter, a talented artisan, and a fabulous cook.
In 1987, a family home was built in Oak Creek Village in Sedona, AZ. Silver resided there until after Gene's death in 1999. She moved to Rolling Hills Estates, CA to be closer to her children and grandchildren and continued to enjoy many happy family trips and occasions.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Ruth Miller; her brothers, Eli and Forrest (deceased Feb. 9, 2007) Miller. She is survived by her brother Louie E. (Dorothy) Miller; her sister-in-law Eleanor Miller; her son Donald E. (Patricia) Lange; and grandchildren Steven (Tessa) Lange; and Nicole (William) Dubbs; and two great grandchildren, Jose Luis Lange, and William Donald Dubbs.
Silver was much loved in life by all her family and many friends. She was a kind and gentle woman with a joyous nature who inspired all those who knew her. We will miss her radiant smile and the way she lighted up the room when she entered. God bless this beautiful lady.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 2PM at the Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Eugene G. and Sylvia M. Lange Memorial Scholarship Fund (CO59) at the California Community Foundation, 445 South Figueroa St., Suite 3400, Los Angeles, CA 90071-1638.
A video tribute, prepared by Silver's grandson Steve Lange, may be viewed at: stevelange.net/silver
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