Mary Miller

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Mary Miller


Mary (Parenza) Miller, 77, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Mercy Hospice-Johnston. She was born on September 29, 1936 in Melrose, Iowa to Attilio and Amelia (Bof) Parenza.

Mary graduated from Melrose High School and Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa. She was a public school teacher in Melrose, Lone Tree, Wilton Junction, Iowa and Newport, Rhode Island. Mary later worked as a customer service representative and trainer at J.C. Penney in West Des Moines. She was a member of the National Educational Association and St. Pius Church in Urbandale. Mary was a great cook and loved feeding her friends and family.

She is survived by her loving husband of over 30 years, Jerry L. Miller; son, Brian (Tricia) Scieszinksi and their children, Benjamin, Rachel and Laura; step-children, Jerry Miller II, Shawn (Shannon) Miller and their children, Samantha, Shawn, Jr. and Seth; Shannon (Mike) Watson and their children, Averi and Kade; and Blayne (Shelley) Miller and their children, Tanner, Prydein and Lochlann.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Ginny VanSickle, Ida Shehan, Yolanda Barnes; brothers, Joe and John Parenza; and her parents.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3663 66th Street, Urbandale, IA, with entombment to follow at Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. Monday at Hamilton's Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines with a Vigil Service at 6:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the church or Mercy Hospice - Johnston.

Condolences may be expressed at

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Hamilton’s Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street Des Moines, IA 50309
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Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 16, 2013
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