Millie was born on March 31, 1926, the first child of Richard and Ann (Jenkins) Morse in Bonner County, Idaho. She grew up in the rural community of Vay in the Hoodoo Valley. She graduated from Spirit Lake High School and attended Lewiston Normal School (now Lewis & Clark State College). She earned a teaching certificate and was the only teacher in the two-room school at Laclede, Idaho, teaching grades 1-8.
On June 30, 1946, she married Duane Silva in her parents' home at Vay. They operated the Vay Trading Post General Store for several years, where she also served as postmistress.
In 1955 they purchased a dairy farm in the Sagle area and operated it until 1963. They then moved to Albany, Ore., and subsequently they moved to Fair Oaks, Calif., and Havre, Mont., before moving to Mountain Home in 1979.
She was the mother of Cheryl (Dan) Korb of Albany, Ore., Michael (Linda) Silva of Fond du Lac, Wisc., and Eddie (Holly) Silva of St. Louis, Mo.
Besides being a hard-working farm wife, she was a devoted stay-at- home mom until her youngest was in high school, she then worked as a teacher's aide in Havre, Mont.
Millie and Duane spent many happy years in both Montana and Idaho traveling in their camper to fishing spots and enjoying the natural beauty of both states. She was lovingly referred to as "Wishbone" the trail cook, while Duane was known as the "Trail Boss." Together with family and friends, they toured every corner of the Big Sky Country and the Gem State.
Millie is survived by her husband and partner of 65 years, Duane of Mountain Home. She is further survived by her sister, Imogene (Dick) Hilbers of Palo Alto, Calif., and her brother, Richard Morse of Honolulu, Hawaii. Also
surviving are her children, Cheryl and son-in-law Dan, Michael and daughter-in-law Linda, and Eddie and daughter in-law Holly, grandsons Gregory (Jessica) of Oconomowoc, Wisc., and Zachary of Milwaukee, Wisc. She was preceded in death by her parents.