Florence Evelyn Miller

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Florence Evelyn

Florence “Honey” Evelyn Warner Palmer Miller died early morning August 6, 2013. The granddaughter of pioneers, her parents Herbert Warner and Florence Cook Warner, welcomed her to the world in a log cabin on Plum Lake in Vilas County, Wisconsin on October 5th, 1922. She had what she called a “perfect childhood” in the north woods living at her grandparents’ Forest Home Resort during the summers.

After graduating from Eagle River High School she attended Ripon College on scholarship where she met her first husband, Harold Roy Palmer of Embarrass, Wisconsin. When he graduated and entered the Army during WWII, she traveled with him to the state of Washington where she gave birth to her first son, Scott. Upon his return they lived throughout the mid-west, settling in Milwaukee where four more children were born.

Harold died in 1960 leaving her with four dependents and a son in the Navy. She enrolled at UWM where she earned a BA and her teaching license. She later earned Masters Degree from UWM. She taught in the Menomonee Falls School System as an English teacher for 25 years. She endowed her children and grandchildren with a love of reading, an appreciation of the beauty and wonder of nature, a generous and courteous approach to others, and the ability to face difficulties with humor, courage and endurance.

She met and married her second husband, Willard “Bill” Miller in 1965 and became stepmother to his two children. With Bill as her companion she began many adventures. She had always wanted to travel down the major rivers of the world. The two of them sailed the Yangtze, the Danube, the Thames, the Nile, the Volga and the Amazon and toured through most of Europe and the Americas as well as Africa and Asia. They returned with stories, pictures and many gifts.

Their retirement years were spent back in the beauty of the Wisconsin north woods where she fought valiantly with the deer to have a flower garden, read from her extensive library, extended hospitality to all her family, and delighted in the beauty. They lived in St. Germain for more than 20 years when Alzheimer’s made a move to Milwaukee necessary. Her last months were spent in Trinity Village with Bill.

Her parents, her brother Herb Warner, her sister Camille Bandow, her oldest son Scott, and her youngest child, Melissa, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband Bill Miller, children Neil (Jill Varick) Palmer, Camille (Bill) Banks, and Keith Palmer, Marilyn (Bruce) Linde, and Rick (Barb) Miller. She is further survived by grandchildren, Robbie Palmer, Shannon Palmer, Bruce Palmer, Bert Palmer, Joel Banks, Graham Banks, Anna Banks, Riley Banks, Lydia Banks, Mary Claire Banks, Kelsey Palmer, Alex Palmer, Claire Palmer, Nicholas Last, Caitlin Last, Tyler Miller, Katie Anderson, Megan Linde and Laura Turnes as well as 19 great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Dick Bandow, sister-in-law Pat Warner, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (620 S. 76th St. Ste. 160 Milwaukee, WI 53214) or to the library of your choice.

Private family services were held.

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Alzheimer's Association of SE WI

On behalf of everyone here at the Alzheimer’s Association – thank you so much for thinking of us at this time of loss to your family. Memorial donations made in Florence’s name will be put to immediate use serving families and supporting research. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tom Hlavacek, Executive Director

Anna Schmidt

Grandma Honey,
You will stay alive in my heart forever.. and you did a good job making sure you would be there! Your letters gave me a love of writing letters. I will miss your letters. I do believe my love for nature and being in the woods came from you and your gift of “up north”. I remember always stopping and being quiet to see what was around us. That is such a gift! I will miss your laugh.
You were such a wonderful great-grandma to my kids. You took such joy in seeing all the babies. Even if you were a little upset I didn’t name one of my girls Florence. 🙂 You had such style.. such a presence.. I will miss you at every gathering and I will miss you monthly letters. But I know you are in heaven with your family.. correcting my typing as I write this. Love you!

Nick Last

I spent many summers growing up listening to your many stories about your growing up in the “northwoods”, and how magical it was for you. You showed me firsthand what those magical summers were like when I came up to spend time with you and grandpa at the cottage. No part of my early years were better or more exciting than my arrival, and no part was worse or more depressing for me than departing. Even now as an adult, I think about how much I enjoyed spending time in the peaceful landscape listening to what seemed like the encyclopedia of stories and anecdotes you were always armed with. You provided me with some of the most important and influential moments of my young life. I consider myself a blessed man to call you my grandmother. I love you now and always.

Nicholas Picholas

Tyler Miller

Grandma, we miss you and your smile, the love you showed our family, and the great food and stories. I will miss digging for worms, cleaning fish in the woods, and burying the guts so the bears wouldn’t come. We remember you “eating” our food from the playhouse kitchen, and how quickly you were able to “consume” what was sand, leaves, and water. When we were kids, a vacation at your cottage was something we looked forward to. I learned to ski, my love for tubing, and water sports at your cottage, and the memories of sleeping in the basement during winter visits. The Mexican popcorn, that I had forgotten all about, was amazing. I do apologize though, for the loud voice I always had as a kid, and the many times you and grandpa both told me to quite down. I know your hearing aids never forgave me. We all miss you and love you, and we will see you again someday!

June (Lemberger) Scherff

“Mrs. Miller” was our yearbook advisor my senior year, spent many enlightening hours with her after normal school hours. Even with our small staff we had a great time and I treasured every moment. After I was married I brought my babies back to see her to keep in touch and those were lovely memories as well. I have often thought of her over the years, and she will always have a special place in my heart.

Linda Palmer Michaelis

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. There was much to admire about Aunt Honey. She was smart, she was funny and I enjoyed every minute I spent with her. Her “can-do” attitude about life was an inspiration to many, including me. One of the highlights of our annual journey to Sayner every August was spending time visiting with her and Bill. I know I am only one of many who will miss her.
Linda Palmer Michaelis


Thanks Grandma Honey for my love of Blue Cheese Dressing and jam on white toast. My memories in St. Germain are some of my favorite….wearing your strange hats, going through old photos, books, and jewelry, watching for deer and birds, reading the newspaper. I miss your laugh and the way your face lit up when Emily and I walked into your room. All my love.

Mary Banks

Thank you Grandma Honey for all you gave to us. I have so many wonderful memories of and with you. One of the best summers of my life was spent living with you and Grandpa Bill. I will miss your laugh and that smile you had when grandpa would lovingly tease you.
Loving you, always.

Lydia Carey

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