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 Dicy Louella <I>Cotter</I> Miller

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Dicy Louella Cotter Miller

  • Birth 6 Feb 1902 Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 29 Mar 1951 Lamont, Kern County, California, USA
  • Burial Cowden, Washita County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 31274222

Dicy Louella Cotter Miller was the 4th child of David Logan Cotter and Hester Emolene Simmons Cotter. She was raised mostly in Washita County, Oklahoma around the Cowden area.

Guy & Dicy were married November 4. 1917 in the middle of the street at Cloud Chief, Oklahoma. They lived in a two-room house close to Gip & Ida Miller. In 1925 he and Dicy ran a grocery store in Exodine. The store was located near Colony. However, they soon returned back to Cowden area to farm. They farmed the land two miles east of Cowden. Guy and Dicy built a new house on the land in 1929(the house is now located in Gobebo, OK). They had 13 children: An infant, which died at birth, Homer Cecil, Troy Bill, Margaret Ruth, Francis Claudean, Doris Irene, Ida Mae, Ruby Lee, Norma Jean, G. P., Joyce Pauline, Marjorie Marie, and Guy LeRoy. He wanted all of his children to get a good education, he knew that school was important.

Guy and Dicy were always together. If Guy was in the field working, Dicy was at his side. Dicy could drive a team of horse's and plow just like Guy. They got the first Ford Tractor in their part of the country. All the kids learned to drive the tractor and everyone had a hand in running the farm. In December 1945, they sold the farm and moved into Mt. View where Guy and his son, Troy purchased a restaurant. Guy and his family lived in the back of the restaurant. They didn't have to hire much help because the children worked in the restaurant.

In May of 1946, Guy sold the restaurant in Mt. View, loaded the old truck with some furniture and their clothes and headed for California. Doris recalls the trip to California: "There was an old rocker in the back with us so that we could rock the babies. Mom kept Leroy in the cab with them. I remember going thru towns on our way to California, I would always try to hide so people couldn't see me, but Ruby would get in the rocker with Marj in her arms and "rock thru town". For every meal we would stop on the side of the road or if we were lucky a park, and mom would cook for us. At night we would camp out and sleep on the ground or make a spot in the back of the truck."

Guy went to work at DiGiorgio Farms. Their house was located in Lamont. Dicy and several of the children also started working at DiGiorgio packing grapes, plums, any fruit that was in season. Guy was a "Crew Pusher" over a bunch of men cleaning grapevines, cutting grapes, just doing whatever was to be done for the season. Guy worked at DiGiorgio's until he retired.

After about 4 years in California, Dicy got sick and was in and out of the hospital. She had Hodgkins Disease, and passed away March 29, 1951.

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