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Martha E. Miller 1921-2015

Aug 20, 2015

Funeral service for Martha E. Miller of Emmetsburg will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Kris Hackbart will officiate.

Interment will be in South Walnut Cemetery, Graettinger. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

Martha Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Alfred and Metha (Wendt) Hansen, was born June 25, 1921 in Graettinger. She received her education in Graettinger.

On Sept. 25, 1941, Martha was united in marriage to Richard O. Miller at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. To this union five children were born.

Martha and Dick made their home in Emmetsburg, where Dick served as Sheriff of Palo Alto County. Martha cooked at the jail and the word around the area was, if you were going to get thrown in jail, you wanted to go to Palo Alto County because Martha’s cooking was amazing. She later was employed at the Emmetsburg Community School, working in many capacities and retiring when she was 70 years old.

Martha was a devoted member of Bethany Lutheran Church and Ruth Circle. She loved baking and trying new recipes and sharing her baked goods with friends and family. Martha was an artisan. She shared her many talents, quilting, crocheting, sewing, ceramics, painting, and gardening, with special gifts for her children and grandchildren. She loved being with her family and they will certainly remember her for her quick wit and funny remarks when they least expected them.

Martha passed away Monday, August 10, 2015, at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, Iowa at the age of 94. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard “Dick” Miller; son, Ron Miller; and a brother, Marvin Hansen.

She is survived by her children, Lorraine (David) Naig of Emmetsburg, Sandi (Ron) Chapman of Emmetsburg, Greg (Ardella) Miller of Keokuk, Rick (Sheila) Miller of Waterloo, and Robert “Bob” Hutchison, M.D. of Longboat Key, FL; 14 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; sister-in-law, Betty Miller of Emmetsburg; nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.

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