Elizabeth Ann Miller, 84, of Alta Iowa died January 13th, 2020. “Liz” Miller, daughter of Orla John Harder and Alice Regina Harder, loving wife of Arthur “Art” Miller passed away at the hospital in Storm Lake, IA after a long battle with illness.
Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Storm Lake. Visitation will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with a rosary at 3:30 p.m. and vigil service at 7:00 p.m. all at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in STORM LAKE. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Liz was born July 31st, 1935 in LeMars, Iowa at Floyd Valley Hopsital. She was baptized, received communion and confirmation in the Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus, Iowa. Liz attended grade school at several country schools around Marcus and Cleghorn and later graduated high school at Holy Name High in Marcus in the spring of 1954.
Following her high school graduation, she attended the Iowa State Teachers College for two summers and one full year to attain her teaching certificate. During that time, she took her first job as an elementary first grade teacher near Peterson, Iowa at Brook Consolidated School. She continued to teach first grade elementary school over the next 13 years at Grundy Center (’55-’58), Sheldon (’59-’60), Cedar Rapids (’61-’62) and Cherokee (’63-’67). Liz attended night and summer school classes at Wayne St, University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Northern Iowa to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1961.
On December 29th, 1964, Liz was united in marriage to Arthur Miller at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus, IA. Together they were blessed with two sons, Douglas and Curtis.
Together with Art, they began Miller Farm Drainage in 1967 and established a successful business that served hundreds of farmers over northwest Iowa for the next fifty years. The business was expanded to provide auto salvage, snow removal, general dirt contracting, and the raising of crops on the family farm.
Liz enjoyed traveling with her family and sisters, gardening, live theater, driving convertibles, basketball, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also was very active in St. Mary’s Parish, leading and supporting the Catholic Daughters and the St Mary’s Guild over 40 years. Liz had a life-long passion for teaching religious education, which she did for over 60 years.
Those left to cherish her memory include sons, Douglas of Storm Lake, Iowa; Curtis (Kristi) of Geneva, Illinois; granddaughters (Kelsi, Elle) of Geneva, Illinois; sister, Lois Jean (Ron) Schmidt of Bloomington, Minnesota; sister in law (brother in law): Monica (Dick) Rice of Storm Lake, Iowa; sister in law (brother in law), Joan Miller of Storm Lake, Iowa and many nieces and nephews and other extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Art, parents, Orla and Alice and her sister, Mary.
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