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Visitation

Upper Deer Creek Church
Saturday December 19th, 2020
9:00am - 11:00am

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Upper Deer Creek Church
Saturday December 19th, 2020
11:30am

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Margaret Miller

Margaret Jeanette Miller, 89, passed away December 12, 2020, after a short illness. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2020, at Upper Deer Creek Mennonite Church, Kalona, Iowa. Due to COVID, masks will be required. Family will not be present. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Upper Deer Creek Mennonite Church at 11:30 a.m. on December19, 2020. Masks will be required. The service will be Livestreamed at the Beatty Peterseim Facebook Page. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

Margaret was born in rural Wellman, Iowa, on September 20, 1931, to Raymond G. Miller and Nettie C. Bender Miller. She lived virtually her entire life in the Kalona area, working at Strickler’s grocery store during high school, then graduating from Iowa Mennonite School (now Hillcrest Academy) in 1949. Margaret was a member of Upper Deer Creek Mennonite Church. After twelve years of working and doing weekend mission work in Hibbing, Minnesota, Margaret returned to Kalona and began a 40-year career at Farmers Savings Bank. It was during this time she also began her lifetime of service to her beloved Kalona and broader community. She could be found volunteering throughout the year at the Kalona Historical Village for which she recently retired from the board of directors after serving 38 years as the board’s treasurer. Margaret was also the treasurer of the Iowa Mennonite Relief Sale for many years. She was a past member of the board at Pleasantview Home. Margaret has been a longtime volunteer at the Kalona Chamber of Commerce, worked at the Kalona Sale Barn for horse sales, and she enjoyed working and volunteering at the Crowded Closet in Iowa City for many, many years. An alumnus of Iowa Mennonite School, Margaret was forever a supporter of the school and its students and could often be seen in the bleachers or on the sidelines cheering on the teams or in the audience enjoying events, always knowing students and staff by name. Although Margaret loved Kalona and the wider community, she loved God, her faith, and her family the most. She always remembered our birthdays and anniversaries and celebrated new births, holidays, and successes with us. She supported us and attended many games, concerts, performances, and graduations. Margaret was a great and dedicated organizer of the Miller family reunions, gathering families from near and far away to reconnect and fellowship together. She loved being involved in our lives, and we were always blessed and amazed at this wonderful loving, giving, and always active sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and cousin.

Margaret is survived by her sister Barbara Longoria (Greenwood, Indiana), brother Don (Isy) Miller (Elkhart, Indiana), brother Arden (Pat) Miller (Coralville, Iowa), and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Treva Tenner, two nephews, a niece, and two great-nieces.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Kalona Historical Village Society, Hillcrest Academy, or the Crowded Closet.

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Im sad to hear of Margarets passing, she was a true friend and neighbor for many years, She was an exceptional and loyal employee to the bank and to dad. I will miss seeing her.

Sue Skola Delmark Dec 15 2020 12:00 AM

Hi and Thank you Sue for the kind words. She is missed!Arden

Arden Dec 15 2020 12:00 AM

My Sympathy to Margaret's family upon her passing. I was one of those fortunate people who got to know Margaret as I am a Crowded Closet customer. She was always kind and pleasant to everyone she came in contact. We had many conversations through the years regarding 4-H projects my Johnson County 4-H Club were fulfilling. She always had interest and encouraging words. She was a bright light and I will miss her!

Elaine Thoman Dec 15 2020 12:00 AM

I will miss Margaret's beautiful smile and personality at the Crowded Closet where I shop. My sympathy to her family.

Mary England Dec 14 2020 12:00 AM

I enjoyed working with Margaret at Crowded Closet. She had endless energy, was dedicated and loyal. She will be greatly missed.

Elizabeth Slabaugh Dec 14 2020 12:00 AM

I have many wonderful memories of Margaret. As a co-worker I was amazed at the amount of multi-tasking she could accomplish. She always served the customers with a passion. Her concern and friendship to those she worked with and those she served was above others. She was very humble when we had a retirement party. She didn't think anyone would come but enjoyed the many that did come. After her retirement I I enjoyed her visits, many times at the post office. Her example of giving to many will be remembered by many. My sympathy to her family!

Carrie Miller Dec 14 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to see that Margaret passed. She and I would occasionally get each others mail when i lived in Kalona.She was an icon in the area and helped out in so many ways. Sending our sympathy to the family!Margaret ( Miller ) Williams

Margaret Williams Dec 13 2020 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret's family at this trying time. The community will miss this vibrant and giving soul.CBI Bank & Trust

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