Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Leilah Evelyn Miller, 94, of Austin died on May 11, 2008 at St. Marks Lutheran Home, Austin, MN.
She was born May 12, 1914 in Morgan Township, Franklin County, Iowa to Raymond and Elsie (Kruse) Harris. Leilah graduated from the Sheffield, Iowa High School and was married to Henry Miller on Dec. 11, 1933 at Ackley, Iowa. They farmed in Hampton and Alexander, Iowa and Lyle, Minn., before retiring in 1966 and moving to Austin in 1972. For several years Leilah worked as a nurse’s aid at the Burr Oak Manor Nursing Home in Austin. She was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church where she was active in the women’s circles.
Leilah was 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 and developed her computer skills.
Leilah is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: Russell (Joan) Miller, Albert Lea, Minn., Ronald (Maria) Miller, Albert Lea, Minn.; daughters and sons-in-law, Charlene (Robert) Abraham, Maple Grove, Minn., Joyce (Nyles) Pederson, Lyle, Minn.; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Irma Rae Harris, Mason City, Iowa; sister-in-law, Judy Harris, Kensett, Iowa; nieces and nephews.
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She was preceded in death by her husband Henry in 1994; son, LeRoy; great-grandchildren, Bobby Abraham and Melissa Burns; brothers, Ralph and Vernon Harris.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2008 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Austin with The Reverend Bob Seifert officiating. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. and at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church on Thursday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Casket Bearers will be Duane Abraham, Perry Bowers, Bryan Pederson, Andre Miller, Paul Rasmussen, Scott Miller. The organist will be Georgia Larkin