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Marjorie Miller

Marjorie L. Miller, 100, of Sharon Center, died Monday, November 2, 2020. In September she celebrated a very full life of 100 years with family and friends on her lawn. She recommended everyone live to 100! A private family graveside service will be held at the Sharon Center United Methodist Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers please consider contributing to the charities listed: Sharon Center United Methodist Church, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (J.D.R.F), or Alzheimer’s Research.

Marjorie Lenora (Schwimley) Miller was born September 8, 1920, in Sharon Center, Iowa, the daughter of Lee and Nora (Williams) Schwimley. She graduated from Sharon Center High School and received her degree in Home Economics from Parsons College. On May 18, 1944, she was united in marriage to Glenn H. Miller at her parent’s home near Sharon Center. Marge was a dedicated farm wife and mother, and helped create Cookies & More and Cookies, etc. businesses owned and operated by her daughters. She was a member of Sharon Center United Methodist Church, Questers, Sharon Center Women’s Club, and the Coin Laundry Association. Marge, former Sharon High basketball star, was an avid sports fan, outstanding baker, loved her family, farming and her church.

Survivors include her children: Linda (Russ) Kennel of Rock Island, IL, Mary Jo (Jon) Banwart of Ames, IA, Kim Keilin of Aspen, CO, son-in-law Ed O’Brien of Iowa City, five grandchildren: Jack and Alex O’Brien, Andrew Kennel, Miles Keilin, Lauren Banwart and seven great-grandchildren: Mack and Grant Williams, Harper, Cal, Lily, Audrey and Katie O’Brien.

Preceding Marge in death was her husband Glenn, daughter Jane O’Brien, two granddaughters: Sara O’Brien Sherman, Betsy Kennel Williams and her brother Gerald (Jeanne) Schwimley.

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Jeff and I are saddened to hear of Marge's passing. Our family reunion held every two years at Sharon Center will not now be the same. When we began attending about 12 years ago, she welcomed us into the "fold" and has invited us into her home after each reunion since. I'm sure you all can identify with that! She was so intelligent and vivacious! I wish to be like her when I grow up! What an inspiration she was to us all. I'm so glad I called her before her 100th birthday and had our last chat. Love and blessings to you all, Connie Tenwinkel (Marie Roessler Higbie from Washington State was my Mother).

Connie Higbie Tenwinkel Nov 11 2020 12:00 AM

It's been a long time since I've seen Marjorie but she was always and will always be one of good ladies from the church. So sorry for your loss.

Lionel Miller ( Orval & Rovona ) Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

Aunt Marge 'filled in' as my mother after my mother passed in 2011. She was always cheerful and optimistic on our phone calls. I did learn it might be best not to call when there was a basketball or football game on t.v. as a 'play by play' was her conversation. Who will be my genealogy encyclopedia now! Aunt Marge and Uncle Glenn nurtured a caring and close-knit family. I send my love and sympathy to each of you.

Ann (Miller) Butcher Nov 5 2020 12:00 AM

I never met this lady but I know the O'Brian, Jane, Ed, and Alex. My condolences to you all.

Jim Surratt Nov 5 2020 12:00 AM

To Marges family . Ive never met a sweeter lady , she certainly lived a full life . She is now back with her family members who have gone before her . I looked forward to seeing and visiting with her at our church .Please accept our Sincere Condolences!!!Matt & Sam GavinIowaCity , Iowa

Matt Gavin Nov 4 2020 12:00 AM