HAMILTON – Edith Marie Miller Ihnat, deceased on Dec. 16, 2017, was born on April 14, 1923, in Haxby, Montana, to her parents Clara and Richard Miller. Edith was the second of five children and attended high school in Jordan, Montana. She graduated from high school in Nashua, Montana.
She and her parents moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 1940 and she and Michael Ihnat of Nashua were married in Hamilton, Montana, on Feb. 1, 1941. They moved to San Diego, California. Mike served on the U.S.S. Hayes in the U.S. Navy. Edith was a homemaker, gardener, and made many beautiful quilts.
Edith and her family moved to Fort Peck, Montana, where they lived for approximately nine years, where Mike worked on the Fort Peck Dam. Edith and her family lived in various states while her husband built electrical power plants. They returned to the Bitterroot Valley in 1977, and Mike built their home in Grantsdale. Edith took great satisfaction and joy in her children and their families.
Edith was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Michael Ihnat, her daughter Suzanne Wendel and her sister Janet Miller.
Edith is survived by six children: Kathleen Piska (Jerry) of Atlanta, Georgia; Monica Ihnat (Jacque) of Yachats, Oregon; Michelle Hasenkamp of Northampton, Massachusetts; Michael Ihnat II (Cece) of Bufallo, Wyoming; Roxanne Oravetz (Steve) of Camano Island, Washington; and Jorja Taylor (Steve) of Circle, Montana.
Edith was also survived by her siblings: Allen (Betty) of Missoula; Beryl Johnson (Clete) of Stevensville; and Vera DeTienne of Hamilton; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; sisters-in-laws Virginia (George) Gray of Kalispell; Mary Johnston of Ft. Peck; and Ruth Ihnat of Pullman, Washington.
A memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.