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Pueblo West woman earns lifetime award

A Pueblo West woman who has spent decades volunteering and helping others was recently honored at the state level for all of her hard work.

Shirley Miller received the Honorary Life Award from the Colorado Association for Family and Community Education Club.

The award was given at the FCE’s annual conference in Monte Vista in June.

The prestigious award is given to only one person in the state each year, and the person must meet a list of criteria to be considered.

Miller’s resume shows that she has exceeded the criteria and is well-deserving of the award she called an honor.

“I never expected to get this award,” she said simply.

The National Association FCE started in 1936 with a group of women who had a vision to “strengthen adult education, share their good sense and experience for improvement of home and community life and to initiate and promote projects of national importance for the protection of the American family.”

The group was originally the Home Demonstration Club, and later changed to be called the Extension Homemakers.

Members of FCE clubs do all sorts of volunteer work and help make their communities better, stronger, healthier places to live.

Over the years Miller has participated in all kinds of things, from books for newborns to picking up trash alongside the highway, planting trees and flowers, making quilts for children’s advocacy and prayer shawls, assisting with the 4-H club and county fair and so much more.

“We help with a lot of things!” she said.

Miller has held just about all of the offices at the local level – the Prairie Friends FCE Club in Pueblo West – and also FCE positions in Pueblo County and District 8, including the District 8 Assistant District Director. She has attended numerous state conferences.

The Honorary Life Award is given to one Colorado FCE member each year “doing outstanding work both locally and statewide, and furthering the work of the Colorado FCE.”

To be eligible for the award, a nominee must have at least 30 years of FCE work (15 or more within Colorado), have been a county or district officer, been on the FCE board of directors for Colorado for at least two years, attended at least 12 state conferences, be an active member throughout membership and have been a youth leader or supporter of youth work.

Miller was born and raised in Minnesota, then lived in California, Virginia, Hawaii and Florida with her husband Earl who was in the military. They came to Pueblo West in 1972 and have lived here since.

She is a Licensed Practical Nurse and also worked as an insurance agent and broker in her husband’s office for 19 years.

They just celebrated 58 years of marriage.

The Millers have a son and two daughters, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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