Vivian M. Miller

Vivian M. Miller, 79, of Fayette, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Oelwein Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 4, 2014, at Becker-Milnes Funeral home in Fayette with Rev. Andy Sayer officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Vivian Marie, daughter of Harold and Marguerite Warnke Larson, was born February 22, 1935, at Oelwein, Iowa. She received her education in the Oelwein Public Schools. On August 3, 1952, she was united in marriage with Jesse R. “Dick” Miller at the Lutheran Church in Oelwein. The couple made their home in Oelwein prior to moving to Fayette. Vivian worked as a dietician and cook at Upper Iowa University and Maple Crest Manor in Fayette. She also worked at a grocery store in Fayette and Lucy’s Garden of Eatin’ Restaurant. Vivian enjoyed gardening, both flowers and vegetables, baking, bird watching, cats, watermelon, collecting fiber optic holiday ornaments and wind chimes, and most especially, loved having her family together.

Vivian is survived by her three children, Paul (Deb) Miller of Peosta, Cindy (Damon) Diehl of Stoughton, Wisconsin, and Rick Miller of Fayette; eight grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; four brothers, Larry “Red” Larson of Luana, Terry Larson of Hazelton, Junior (Connie) Larson, and Jim (Pat) Larson, both of Oelwein; one sister, Sandy (Tom) Kisner of Sumner; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick, who died December 14, 1999; her parents; two brothers; and three sisters.

The family wishes to thank the Oelwein Health Care Center and Connie Larson for the wonderful care and attentiveness provided to Vivian during her last illness.


Sandy Kisner on August 4, 2014 at 6:26 AM said:

Vivian was my great big sister, I will miss her alot. Even though these last few years we haven't seen a lot of each other she was a great women, I remember staying at her house over night. The fun times were there. She always had baked goods going on. We were always outside working in the garden But that is something she really loved to do. Big Sis will miss you a lot but I know now you will join Mary, Bonnie, Charlet, Wayne, Harry, and you will be partying it up talking about all the good times you had here on earth. I Love you and I know you are still with us in our hearts and will never go away. My prayers and thought are with you all Paul, Cindy and Rick..
Robert Spragg on August 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM said:

I am Mary's son. I have many fond memories of Aunt Vivian and Uncle Dick. Please remember that while they are no longer in their earthly bodies, they live on in our hearts and memories.

Sadly I will not be able to attend the services as I live in Washington state. But know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of great loss.

Robert Spragg
Meg White on August 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM said:

My deepest sympathy to you all. I am Mary's daughter and even though I physically can't be there I am there in thought during this difficult time. Peace be with you all and I know at this time things seem harder then hard. But trust in god to find a path that will lead you to inter peace and fond memories.
Love and peace to you guys,
Meg White and Kids
Bruce and Janet Orr on July 31, 2014 at 3:58 PM said:

Bruce and I send our hugs and prayers to everyone. May her memory be eternal.

Janet and Bruce

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