Frances Marie (Shenk) Miller (1942 - 2011)

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Frances M. Miller

Funeral services for Frances M. Miller, 68, were conducted by Pastor Steven Frock on Monday, April 25, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Exira. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery west of Brayton. Honorary casket bearers were Dillon Karwal, Steven Karwal, Jr., and Jared Mattson. The casket bearers were Joey Jensen, Daniel Jensen, Dewey Noles, Joel Fineran, Kyle Lindberg, and Brad Parker. Kessler Funeral Home in Exira was in charge of the arrangements.
Frances Marie Miller, the daughter of Jack and Nellie Gilliland Shenk, was born May 21, 1942, at her parents' home in Ottawa, Kan., and died April 22, 2011, at her home in Brayton, at the age of 68 years, 11 months, and 1 day.
Frances was baptized in the Baptist Church in Ottawa. She attended rural schools near Ottawa then worked for other people for several years. Later she was employed as a cook for several different restaurants. She was married and three children, Debra, Terry, and Delores, were born to this union. Frances continued as a cook in restaurants until 1982. She then became a Certified Nurses Aide. Frances worked as a caregiver for many people until she retired.
Frances enjoyed fishing, crocheting, and playing games on her computer. She loved to cook, enjoyed eating tomatoes, and sharing ice cream with "Papa." But most of all her pride and joy was her children and grandchildren.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers William and wife Maxine Cochrane and Ralph and wife Marjorie Cochrane; and several aunts and uncles.
Frances is survived by her significant other James Johnson of Brayton; her daughters: Debra Noles and significant other Royce Turner of Exira; Terry Wright of Brayton; Delores and husband Steve Karwal of Elliot; her step-children: Virginia and husband Pete Raysbrook of Seattle, Wash.; Jacqueline Johnson of Oak Grove, Mo.; Tommy and wife Sheri Johnson of Independence, Mo.; her grandchildren: Jackie Wright of Elk Horn; Joey Jensen of Jessieville, Ark.; Crystal and husband Brad Parker of Atlantic; Daniel and wife Nichcole Jensen of Exira; Delores and significant other Joel Fineran of Exira; Dewey Noles of Jessieville; Steph Karwal of Council Bluffs; Virginia Branam of Brayton; Dillon Karwal, Steven Karwal, Jr. and Brittany Karwal all of Elliot; numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sister: Deloris Martin of Flagstaff, Ariz.; her niece and nephew: Ralph W. Cochrane III of Lawrence, Kan.; Norma Jean Ripeman of Flagstaff; other relatives and friends.

Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Apr. 22 to May 6, 2011