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Leilah E. Miller — Austin

AUSTIN — The funeral for Leilah E. Miller will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Rev. Bob Seifert officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

Mrs. Miller, 94, of Austin, died Sunday (May 11, 2008) at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home.

Leilah Evelyn Harris was born May 12, 1914, in Morgan Township, Franklin County, Iowa. She graduated from Sheffield (Iowa) High School and married Henry Miller on Dec. 11, 1933, in Ackley, Iowa. The couple farmed in Hampton and Alexander, both in Iowa, and in Lyle before retiring in 1966. They then moved to Austin in 1972.

For several years, Mrs. Miller worked as a nurses aid at the Burr Oak Manor Nursing Home in Austin. She was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, where she was active in women’s circles. She was also an artist and over the years had done a number of paintings. She enjoyed doing a variety of needlework and liked to make things for her family. In recent years she learned how to operate a computer.

Survivors include two sons, Russell (Joan) and Ronald (Maria), both of Albert Lea; two daughters, Charlene (Robert) Abraham of Maple Grove, Minn., and Joyce (Nyles) Pederson of Lyle; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Irma Rae Harris of Mason City, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1994, a son, two great-grandchildren and two brothers.

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Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin, and from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.

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