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Dorothy Miller

Dorothy F. Miller, 89, of Kalona, formerly of Illinois, died Sunday, April 12, 2020 at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona from complications of Congestive Heart Failure.  The family will hold a private service on Wednesday, April 15.  Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will be having public services at a later time. A memorial fund has been established for the Pleasantview Home Building Fund, Hospice of Iowa City and the Arthritis Association.

Dorothy Fay (Curless) Clanin-Miller was born July 9, 1930 in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Dewey and Josephine (Schafer) Curless.  Dorothy graduated from Woodruff High School in Peoria. She was united in marriage to Edwin Clanin on July 10, 1948.  After his death she was united in marriage to Harvey Miller on December 2, 2006.  In October of 2014 Dorothy moved to Kalona and quickly began to fit into the community and formed many wonderful friendships.  She was a member of the Kalona United Methodist Church and the Alpha Club of Kalona.  Dorothy enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and church activities.  Her family was very important to her, and her grandchildren were her life.  Dorothy was a beautiful soul that loved God with a servant’s heart.

Survivors include three children:  Clifford (Vickie) Clanin of Maryville, IL, Sheila Scott of Parker, CO, and Sandra (Fred) Whaley of Kalona, IA; two grandchildren: Jeremy (Melissa) Clanin of O’Fallon,  IL, and Heather (Lucas) Keith of O’Fallon, MO; and five great-grandchildren.

Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents, her husband Edwin Clanin, husband Harvey Miller, an infant grandson, six siblings: Jack Curless, Charles Curless, Roger Curless, Pauline Downing, Charlotte Burke, and Corinne Graham, and a son-in-law Ken Scott.

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Dorothy was such a sweet and caring person. I worked with her many years ago at St. Andrews Day Care in Peoria. She also taught me how to make egg noodles and shared many wonderful recipes. I still have some in her handwriting. She always looked so well groomed and I know she loved her kids and grandkids. I remember stopping by her cute house on Glendale where she showed me her yellow checked curtains she made for her dining room. She was like a second mom to me in my early married years. Loved her dearly

Deb Elliott Aug 28 2021 12:00 AM

I have so many memories of Dorothy. She was my friend, confidant, mom, and most of all a true Christian. I will miss our Sunday call to remind her our show was on "God Friended Me" or Monday night reminder "Good Doctor". Many things I wrote down as memories. Breast Cancer survivor, "Prayer plate" and we were under her plate alot. Told our secrets to each other.Met her and Ed Clanin when she moved to Snyder Village. Ed was a hoot. Took him by golf cart out to pick corn in our resident sweet corn field. He would tell people he was in the corn field with a little blonde, and laugh. The Ed was sick and passed away. That was very hard. Then when she started dating Harvey Miller I was trying to protect her. Harvey would drive by with women in his car. I told her he was a "player" saw him with these women. Un be knowest to me it was his sister, Leona and her friend. Lol. When I would stay with her we would be up to midnight catching up on our kids and grandchildren, Smithfield Illinois, (I had knowledge of as I sold insurance there many years ago) childhood comparisons, surgeries, Rogy daycare, whatever. She was a great cook, loved good food, and she was a good teacher. We would joke I was her namesake as her middle name was Fay. One of our last conversations in early March when I was there she was wondering. How it would be, how was she going to go to her "Forever home". She wasn't afraid just wondering. So I told her I thought she would fall asleep and really not feel a thing. She was comforted by that and said she hoped so. Lastly I loved that woman immensely, and her family has welcomed us with open arms. I will miss her forever remember her love always.

Faye and Doug Bartelmay Apr 21 2020 12:00 AM

Dorothy was such a sweet and wonderful lady! I always considered myself blessed to have learned to know her through the pharmacy!Blessings to you all as you celebrate her life!

Laverta Beachy Apr 19 2020 12:00 AM

Dearest Aunt Dot, You are one of the strongest, most beautiful, most kind, bravest woman Ive ever known. Im so proud to call you my family and you will be missed.

Kimmie Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

Mama Dot, You were one of the kindest souls I have ever known. You raised a daughter that I call my sister and I am so grateful for that. I wish I had thanked you better for all the times you put my name under your plate. I will remember you with love and a smile. Thank you for who you were. Rest in Peace sweet lady!

Terry Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

Mom Dot calm thank you for teaching me to make egg noodles I will never forget the time we spent together when we came to Iowa and you let me use your prayer pillow to rest my head on Phil and I were truly blessed to get to know you we love you

Dana - Phil Cardon Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

She was such a wonderful lady. Always made sure I got a hug every time I would see her. She raised such a strong, caring family and I would see it everyday in Sandy. Her memory will live on with everyone she came in contact with.

Brad and Erin Dahlstrom and family Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

A sweeter, more gracious and generous person has never walked on this Earth. Take comfort that she is in the arms of her creator, for whom she believed with all her heart and soul. God's Speed Aunt Dot.

Vickie and Jeff Graham Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

She made impressive impression on me and the community. She was a part of our little dinner group and if you knew her you knew she enjoyed good foodHer memory will remain with me always.Loved herJan P

Janeth Peterseim Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Sandy, I have always loved the depth of your sweet relationship to Dorothy. Thank you for making me a part of it.Dorothy and I always enjoyed our fruit so I want to share.Love, Julie Krause

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