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Rovona Miller

A celebration of life for Rovona M. Miller, 85, of Wellman will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2:00PM at the Sharon Center United Methodist Church in rural Kalona, with Pastor Doug Cue officiating.  Burial will follow at the Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona.  Visitation will be held Friday, September 6, 2013 from 4 – 7 PM at the Sharon Center United Methodist Church.  For a detailed map to the church go to sharoncenterum.org.  A memorial fund has been established for the Sharon Center United Methodist Church.  Rovona Miller died Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Parkview Manor following a brief illness.  Peterseim Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Rovona Marie (Steele) Miller was born March 3, 1928 near Washington, Iowa the daughter of Carl and Lola (Swails) Steele.  She graduated from Columbus Junction High School in 1946 and attended Iowa Wesleyan College that summer.  In the fall of that year she began teaching in a one room school house.  On June 1, 1950 she was united in marriage to Orval L. Miller at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, and she continued teaching until the twins were born.  In 1961 the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where Rovona taught three year olds at Paradise Valley Day School.  After returning to Iowa, Rovona and Orval worked the family farm and Rovona was a busy farmer's wife and mother.  Rovona sold Home Interior products, worked at Owens Brush and later at the University of Iowa Business Office for 17 years before retirement. Rovona was a member of the Sharon Center United Methodist Church, the Cowbells, and was a past president and vice president of the Johnson County Farm Bureau.  Family was always important to Rovona and she enjoyed taking pictures and attending anything involving her family.

Survivors include four children; Eldon Miller of Kalona, IA, Sheldon Miller of Colorado Springs, CO, Maureen (Richard) Clark of Warrensburg, MO, and Lionel (Deb) Miller of Cedar Rapids, IA,  three grandchildren; Daniel, Jason and Amanda, one brother; Darris Steele of Phoenix, AZ, and two sisters; Roberta Parks of Iowa City and Maralee (John) Dyson of Iowa City.

Preceding Rovona in death were her parents and her husband Orval on March 31, 2013.

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We were so sorry to learn of your mother's passing from this earth, Eldon. Though we didn't have the pleasure of knowing her personally, we are sure that if she raised a son like you she had to be a wonderful lady. And we are sure she was very proud of you and your accomplishments. Our sympathy and prayers while you go through this sad time of her loss.

Rachel Nicola & Dave Stoufer Sep 13 2013 12:00 AM

I had many wonderful conversations with your mother. She was such a joy, & loved her family so much.She talked so fond of all of you.I know you will miss her.She was a wonderful lady! My deepest sympathy.

Kathy Grout Sep 8 2013 12:00 AM

You have our sympathy of the passing of your mother.I thought she was a saintly person.She was very sweet and caring. We are very sorry we were not able to attend her funeral.You have been in our thoughts and prayers.We were happy to have you as our family. Harold Blosser Sonya Blosser

Harold Blosser & Sonya Blosser Sep 8 2013 12:00 AM

I know that the angels carried Rovona to the Heavenly Resting Place.Rovona was an angel herself.Her maiden name of Steele describes her ability to carry her burdens and her love.She was fun to work with and was a dedicated person to her work.Sometimes she bragged about her grandchildren. She especially loved it when one of her Missouri grandchildren had won a big honor.I remember that big car that she drove to work that had over 200,000 miles on it.Also proud of her son who kept it running.My sympathy to all of her family.

Shirley Dodson Sep 6 2013 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.She was a great lady and a wonderful and major part of the neighborhood. Sincerely, Don and Marcia Steckly

Don and Marcia Steckly Sep 6 2013 12:00 AM

Eldon, we were so sorry to hear about your Mom.Hold all of your wonderful memories in your heart to help you through these difficult days.May God grant you his peace and comfort. Steve and Kathy Vetter

Steve and Kathy Vetter Sep 5 2013 12:00 AM