Abby Marie Miller

Died: Tue., Jul. 15, 2014


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
Location: Fairview Mennonite Church

Celebration of Life

10:00 AM Sat., Jul. 19, 2014
Location: Fairview Mennonite Church

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A celebration of life for Abby M. Miller, 3, of rural Iowa City will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Fairview Mennonite Church with Pastors Don Swartzentruber, Perry Miller and Leon Stutzman officiating.  Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Friday, July 18 at the Fairview Mennonite Church from 2 – 8 PM.  In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for Mission Aviation Fellowship in honor of Abby's special friend Kayla Hertzler whose family serves that mission work.  Abby Miller died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the Univeristy of Iowa  Hospital as a result of a drowning accident.  She was able to give the gift of life through heart valve donation.

Abby Marie Miller was born September 14, 2010 at the Univeristy of Iowa Hospital, the daughter of Lowell and Dorothy (Marner) Miller.  She was a spunky, sassy three year old that was fond of telling her parents that she was eleven.  Abby enjoyed singing loudly and could often be heard belting out the song "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen.  She was the resident bug killer in the house and she adored Minnie Mouse.  Abby was an engaging little girl that made an impression on people.  She loved Jesus and talked to Him every day.  She also loved her Baby Janet and Bunny and twirling in her dresses.  Abby's name meant "Father's Joy" and she was her earthly father's joy, but she was also the joy of her Heavenly Father who needed her as an angel.

Survivors include her parents, Lowell and Dorothy of Iowa City, three siblings: Kali, Hunter and Alexia, maternal grandparents, Ray and Magdalena Marner of Donalds, SC, paternal grandmother, Alta Miller of Kalona, five aunts and uncles: Janice Marner of Phoenix, AZ, Steven Marner and girlfriend Evonda Braswell of Due West, SC, Rhoda (Ryan) Miller of Donalds, SC and their children: Braydin and Bentley, Merlin Miller of Kalona, Keith (Jannea) Miller of Kalona and their children: Chase and Nolan, a special great aunt, Dini (Odena) Miller of Kalona and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceding Abby in death was her paternal grandfather, Elmer Gee Miller.

Charitable donations may be made in Abby's memory to the following organization:

Mission Aviation Fellowship

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Dale and Joanne Stutzman Orval Yoder Turnpike
   Posted Wed July 16, 2014
We don't know you as a family but want to let you know our hearts weep with you. We are very sad at your loss . Our prayers are with and over you . May you soon find peace and acceptance that only God can give .
With greatest sympathy~~Dale and Joanne Stutzman

Jeff, Kim, Joseph, Josiah, Jessica and Jennifer Stilwell
   Posted Wed July 16, 2014
We do not now you personally but our family has been praying for your family. We can't imagine your heartache right now. We pray that you know God's Presence, Grace and Love in a very real and personal way as you walk this difficult road.

In Christ's Love,
Jeff, Kim, Joseph, Josiah, Jessica and Jennifer Stilwell

Stacy Overholt Patterson
   Posted Wed July 16, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this difficult time and the days to follow.. I know how deeply you loved your children and I can't imagine the pain you must feel. May God bless you and keep you in His hands.

Paul and Kathy Marner
   Posted Wed July 16, 2014
May the God of peace fill your hearts during this very hard time. Nothing will ever hurt Abby again. With each person who goes ahead of us we are drawn more and more to look toward the future when we will see them again. Love to you and your family! Uncle Paul and Aunt Kathy

The McCoy's
   Posted Wed July 16, 2014
I came across your Face Book page through a friend and have been following this tragic accident that your family has been going through. Even though I don't know you, my heart aches so bad for you all!! I am so sorry for your loss and are lifting prayers to our Heavenly Father for your family. My you feel the strength you need through Him in the coming days!

Sheila Ours
   Posted Wed July 16, 2014
I am so sorry for the deep loss and sadness you are experiencing. Thoughts and prayers for all who loved Abby will continue for the days and months to come.

Dave and Miriam Hershberger
   Posted Thu July 17, 2014
May God's Peace be with you during this difficult time, it is very painful.
You will be asking "why" alot. The prayers of family and friends will carry you through.
We feel your pain and hurt for you.

Julie Vaughn
   Posted Thu July 17, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. I have lost a child and know that this is truely a very difficult time in your life. i pray for your family and the ones that loved your child. I know God is very close to you right now. I hope He embraces you and gets you through this tough time. I am in the phone book and if you ever want to stop by and talk about your child, I am here. Julie Vaughn, Coralville, Iowa

Shari and Scott Montgomery
   Posted Thu July 17, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss and will continue to lift your family up in prayer.

Montgomery Family

Gary and Becky Curtis
   Posted Sat July 19, 2014
Lowell, Dorothy, and children, Although we did not know little Abby, you gave us a wonderful glimpse of her joyful spirit in the beautiful obituary you wrote for her. We are so very sorry for the deep aching your hearts must feel. Cling to and support each other through this difficult time and try not to adopt or assign any guilt -- sometimes no matter how much we try to protect those we love, accidents happen... The important thing is that Abby is with Jesus and someday you will all be reunited in heaven. And that another person is alive because of her heart valve donation. Hopefully, as days, weeks, and months pass, these two things will comfort you more and more. But right now our hugs and prayers are with your family. Love, Gary and Becky Curtis

Beth Miller
   Posted Sun July 20, 2014
Dear friends, you are loved. I pray that you will feel God’s Presence close to you, especially the times at night when it’s hard to sleep, or when relatives and friends have gone home after the funeral. I pray that God will bring comfort into your hearts, Lowell and Dorothy, as well as comfort you can share with Kali, Hunter and Alexia. I don’t know you personally, but read your story on FB and desire to share love with you during your time of sorrow.

Rob & Julie Altenhofen Family
   Posted Mon July 21, 2014
Dorothy and Lowell - Thinking of you and praying for you and your family.

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