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Obituary: Vilma Towler Miller Lewis

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Vilma Towler Miller Lewis 1915 ~ 2007 Vilma Towler Miller Lewis, age 92, died July 1, 2007 at home, in Bountiful, Utah, of causes related to age. Vilma was born on May 4, 1915 in Salt Lake City to Orrin Leroy Miller and Eleanor Towler Miller. She graduated from Granite High School and LDS Business College. After graduation Vilma worked for the Deseret News for seven years as a bookkeeper in the downtown offices. Like millions of other women of her generation, she entered the work force after World War II began. She served her country by working at the Ogden Arsenal as a Personnel Manager. She later transferred to the Western Airlines Transport Command at the Salt Lake Airport where she met her future husband. She married Franklin Lyman Lewis in Tucson, AZ., October 4, 1943. They shared a love of travel and the outdoors. Shortly after their marriage, Lyman was shipped off to Italy for service. She waited for four and a half years until her husband returned home from the war. They then moved to his hometown of Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. After 12 years, they returned to live in Salt Lake City. She was a patient mother and a dedicated homemaker. In a warm home at the base of Mount Olympus, Vilma raised two children, Frank and Cindy. She was a very active parent. She made sure to be involved in all aspects of their lives and the lives of her grandchildren. Vilma and Lyman retired to Park City so that they could live amongst the mountains that they loved. Lyman and their son Frank built her a home that resembled a snowflake on the 14th hole of the Park City Golf Course. She thrived in that small town. She was well known and enjoyed many warm and lasting friendships. She was a volunteer for such organizations as The Kimball Art Guild, The Friends of the Library, Ballet West, and the Park City Historical Society. She loved making friends and she joined organizations such as P.E.O., The Queen Bees, and their monthly Bridge Club. She hiked and skied the mountains around her home late into her life. Vilma was an avid traveler and some of her favorite memories were trips to Peru, China, and Spain. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her personal motto was always, "Stay busy and stay upbeat." Vilma is survived by her children, Franklin L. Lewis, Jr. (Theresa) and Cindy Lewis Olpin. She had 5 grandchildren, Matthew, Robert (Rita), Dana (Brandi), Franklin, Jillian, and one great grandson, Mitchell. She also had two step grandchildren, David and Tori, and one step great grandson, Cameron. She is preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Lyman Lewis, her sister, Lorna, and her brothers, Leroy, Bud, and Theron. Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 6th, at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Drive, at 12:00. Friends and family may call Thursday evening from 6 to 8 and Friday morning, prior to the service, from 10:45 to 11:45. Vilma wished to express her sincere gratitude to the families of Greg and Cheryl Hill and Bonnie and Terry Hill for being such an important part of her life. She also wished to thank her great friends Suze Weir and Jan Neilson for friendship, love and all that they did for her. Vilma and her family would also like to thank Tender Care Hospice, especially Rosemary and Shelly, for their kind and loving service.