Greenbush resident Sharon Miller recalled the day she received a call from Joan Bertilrud. At the time Sharon was at the home of her daughter, Bonnie Kolden, in Hibbing, Minn.
She said her reaction to learning that she had been selected as the 2017 Roseau County Senior Citizen was, “What? I’m embarrassed! There are so many (people) who do so many things we don’t even hear about.”
“I told Joan, ‘Well, Joan, you do a lot of volunteer work, too’. And she said, ‘Yeah, but I’m not a Senior Citizen!’ ”
Miller talked about her role as a volunteer. “I have always enjoyed being able to help others and give back to my community. When the kids were little, I always felt it was my responsibility to help with Sunday School, etc. I probably became more involved when we got the ‘Jaycee Women going. These years after retirement I am so thankful for my health and being able to volunteer. That is why we have such a ‘Great’ community.”
Award winners at the local county fairs will be entered into the State Outstanding Senior Citizen Award competition. They will be recognized for their service at the award ceremony at the State Fairgrounds on Senior Day, August 31, 2017.
“It’s not a sure thing about attending the Minnesota State Fair. We’ll have to see when the time gets closer,” Sharon said.
Sharon and Norman Miller have been married for 56 years. They had four children and are the grandparents of 10, and great-grandparents of 19.
To see the complete story on Sharon read the July 19 issue of The Tribune in print or online.
Next week’s issue will feature Roseau County’s 2017 Outstanding Male Senior Citizen Volunteer, Gary (Jackie) Erickson of Badger, Minn.