Neva "Edith"-Miller-Obituary

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Neva "Edith" Miller

Oelwein, Iowa

Oct 24, 1920 – Sep 19, 2020 (Age 99)


October 24, 1920
September 19, 2020
Oelwein, Iowa


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Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home-Oelwein Obituary

Neva “Edith” Miller, 99, of rural Oelwein, Iowa died on Saturday morning, September 19, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.


Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M. Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein with Pastor Roland Waterman officiating.

Visitation: 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home.

Interment: Oran Township Cemetery, rural Oelwein.


Memorials may be directed to her family.


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Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing will be required.  Those in attendance are asked to wear a mask inside the funeral home.  We encourage relatives and friends not able to attend the service to reach out to the family by leaving a message on the funeral home web site, by mail, text or phone. 


Neva Edith Doty was born October 24, 1920 in her family home in Oelwein, the daughter of William LeRoy and Maud Lillian (Moore) Doty.  She graduated from Oelwein High School in the class of 1939.  Edith was united in marriage to Wayne Earl Miller on September 6, 1943, at the First Baptist Church in Oelwein.  She worked as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell in Oelwein for five years.  Edith was a homemaker and farmed with Wayne.  Edith was the oldest living member of the First Baptist Church, where she had taught Sunday School and was the craft person for Vacation Bible School for many years.  She had formerly been a member of the Oelwein Women’s Club, was the American Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator for 35 years, operated an abused women’s shelter in Oelwein for eight years and was proud to be a breast cancer survivor since 1982.


Edith is survived by her 4 sons: Vic (Shari) Miller of Oelwein, Gordon (Kim) Miller of Holstein, Marc (Theresa) Miller of Oelwein and Tim (Cindy) Miller of Oelwein; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband on April 27, 2003, daughter-in-law: Marilyn Miller; 3 brothers: Noel Doty at infancy, Clifford Doty and Burl Doty; and 2 sisters: Ila Garrison and Iona Reise.

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Sympathy to all the Miller boys & your families. We've known all you boys thru school or farm events for a long time. Your mom lived a good, long life. Am sure you all have heard many stories to the end. Cherish your memories, pass them down to your families. Our parents would be the same age this year too! Keep in touch w all your friends. We are here for each of you. Take it 1 day at a time.

Gordie, so sorry to hear about your mom. My sympathy to you and all your family. Hugs.

Edith was my Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church in Oelwein. My thoughts and prayers are with the Miller family.

Edith was a great neighbor growing up. I could walk in the ditch up to Pearl & Earl's and then cross the road to get to Edith's. It was years later when I realized that she went by Edith and not Neva - but don't call her Neva.

Tim, Cindy, and family...our hearts go out to you during this sad time in your lives. May the good memories spring forth and bring you comfort.

My condolences to the Miller family. I have many good memories of volunteering at the Red Cross Blood Bank under Edith's direction as well as sharing other volunteer activities throughout the years. She was a great lady. It was a privilege to have known her.

The Millers were great neighbors. sympathy to the family RIP

Tim,Cindy & family.Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with you all.Edith will be missed by many people & especially as the matriarch of your family.Sadly we will be out of town so we won't be able to attend the visitation but know that our thoughts will be there.Will give you a "hug" later.

Edith was such a huge part of my church memories. She was so gentle and kind to us kids. Thinking of all the Miller family.