|If a writer of the Book of Proverbs could have looked far into the future to the twentieth century of our Lord, the inspiration for these words may surely have come from that writer receiving a vision of Alma Milem.
A capable wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her…
Her children rise up and call her happy;
her husband too, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD
is to be praised.
Born Alma Velie, June 24, 1924, in West Virginia, she came to the Methodist Church when she met a young preacher named Lewis E. Milem. They wed in December of 1947. Their marriage brought them two sons, Lewis Edmond, II (Eddie) and David Wesley Milem.
After several years of ministry in West Virginia, they came our way, transferring to the Louisiana Conference in 1963. They served in and enjoyed the fellowship of churches in Collinston, Florien, Chatham, Elizabeth, and Montgomery for eleven years. When Rev. Milem took disability leave in 1974, they moved back to Florien. In 1981, they made their home in Minden. Brother Milem entered the Church Triumphant in 1985.
Alma, always active in her husband’s churches, was also a vibrant part of church life in Minden. She devotedly participated in her Sunday School class and was a vital part of United Methodist Women. Also, for as long as she was able, she was the regular song-leader for First Church’s weekly “50 Plus” group. Alma attended “50 Plus” the day before she entered the hospital and the last week of her earthly life. She died on Wednesday, March 23, 1994. In addition to her two sons, she is survived by five lovely grandchildren.
A memorial service for Alma V. Milem was held at the First United Methodist Church of Minden on Friday, March 25. Also, a funeral service was held in St. Albans, West Virginia, with interment conducted in Nitro, West Virginia on Monday, March 28.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1994, p. 256 By Rev. Michael D. McLaurin|