Virginia Lois Miller

Graveside services for lifelong Cortez resident Virginia Lois Miller will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 at Cortez Cemetery.

Visitation has been scheduled for Friday morning from 10 a.m. to noon at Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Lois was born Nov. 11, 1936, in Lewis, the daughter of Linley F. and Willie Ann (Carver) Leonard. She passed away on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center at the age of 76.

Lois married Paul Hanford Miller and to this union two sons were born, Jerry and Terry. Lois worked at Valley National Bank and then at Empire Electric for 20 years. She loved to shop, crochet, and collect bird figurines. Lois took great interest in her son's activities and a favorite one was to watch them play baseball. On Oct. 23, 2010, Lois married William O. Criswell.

Surviving Lois are her mother, Willie Ann (Carver) Leonard; and son, Jerry Miller, both of Cortez. Lois also leaves behind her grandchildren, Brandie Miller, Blake Miller and Kyle Miller all of Cortez, Jory Miller of Durango; great-grandson, Noah Miller; brother, Chet Leonard and wife Jeannie of Lewis; numerous nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

She was preceded in death by her father; son, Terry Miller; brother, Paul Leonard; and husband, William Criswell in January of 2013.

Services are under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to and click on the obituary section.