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Ila B. Miller

Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 11:06 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013 1:03 p.m. CDT

Ila B. Miller, 87, of Monroe died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at North Mahaska Nursing and Rehab Center in Oskaloosa.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Monroe United Methodist Church with burial following at Vandalia Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Coburn Funeral Home in Monroe. Memorials may be directed to the Monroe United Methodist Church or the Vandalia Cemetery Association and condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com

The daughter of James Henry and Fern (Templeton) Colyn, Ila was born on Nov. 22, 1925, in Dunreath. On Sept. 2, 1943, she was united in marriage to Everett Holla Miller in Princeton, Mo. Ila was a homemaker and lived in the area all of her life. Ila’s life was her family she was very proud of her eight children and always put them first. Her family and friends, baking, embroidery and love of blue grass music were Ila’s passions. She expressed her love for friends and family by sharing her homemade pies, bread, cookies and cinnamon rolls as well as her beautiful embroidered tea towels. In earlier years she liked to take a treat to her “older” friends and stay for a visit. Ila treasured her calls and visits with her little old ladies in town just to check in with them. Embroidering her tea towels filled many hours with her creativity and were in demand far and wide.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Dwight (Sharon) Miller of Fremont, Dwain (Sue) Miller of Oskaloosa, David (Phyllis) Miller of Monroe, Dorothy Allison of Ankeny, Dick (Pam) Miller of New Boston, N.H., Debra Spurgeon of Fremont, Dennis (Nancy) Miller of Bussy, and Darlene (Jr.) Fritz of Jefferson City, Mo.; 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; a sister, Irene Vaughn of Runnells; a brother, Hubert (Glenna) Colyn of Runnells; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Tratchel of Newton; and a host of friends and relatives. Preceding her in death were here parents; her husband in 1985; two grandsons, Zachary and Levi Miller; and two sons-in-law, Dean Allison and Dan Spurgeon.

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