Mildred Ione (Johnson) Miller, 89, of Wiota, Iowa, passed away peacefully Friday, September 30th, 2002, at the Heritage House in Atlantic Iowa. She was united in marriage to Robert Miller on August 12th, 1956. They moved to the farm south of Wiota after getting married, and then later moved to Atlantic in 1989.
Christmas time was always a special time for Millie. All the little helpers would gather in the kitchen, the more the merrier and each with a specific task. David’s job was to help with the chocolate covered cherries and to stir the fondant while it was still hot.
Millie enjoyed talking on the phone. It didn’t matter who it was, she could talk for hours while moving around the house baking and housework. Millie would always wrap up the conversation with “Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!”
You could bet that if anyone stopped by, even unannounced, there would be freshly baked brownies, cookies, or pies. The grandchildren’s favorite were her homemade yeast rolls on holidays. Chris always enjoyed coming to Iowa for the summer but would come back to Colorado a little heavier from Grandma's cooking.
Millie and Bob could often be found working away in their elaborate garden full of anything you could imagine and lined with beautiful flowers. After the harvest came hours of freezing sweet corn and shelling peas. The golden rule was that the potatoes had to be planted on Good Friday.
Millie enjoyed helping with the kid’s activities. She was a 4-H leader in Pam & Peggy’s 4-H clubs and a Co-Cub Scout leader in David’s Club.
Millie was proceeded in death by: Parents, Marvin and Cecile Johnson; brother, Duane Johnson; and Great Granddaughter Alivia Jo Beschorner.
Millie is survived by: her husband, Robert Miller of Atlantic; son, David Miller (Karen) of Atlantic and their children, Darren Miller (Lynnette) of Atlantic and Kaley King (Dakotah) of Omaha; daughter, Pam Rodriguez of Atlantic and her children, Chris Schuler(Chrissy) of Grainger, Joel and Jared Rodriguez both of Atlantic; daughter, Peggy Beschorner (Kevin) of Wiota and their children, Adam Beschorner (Kelsey ) of Wiota and Amy Beschorner of Omaha; also including 7 great grandchildren; sisters, Bernice Bauldauff of Omaha, Mary Jane Peterson of Shelby, IA and Eileen Killpack of Neola, Iowa.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 am, Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at the First Lutheran Church near Wiota, Iowa with Rev. Mike Bodkins officiating. Burial will be held privately for the family at the Atlantic Cemetery in Atlantic. Visitation with the family present will be on Monday, October 3, 2022, from 5 pm until 7 pm at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Atlantic. Memorials can be made in her name to First Lutheran Church and can be mailed or left at the funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home is caring for Millie and her family at this time and condolences can be sent at schmidtfamilyfh.com