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.