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“First of all, our prayers and condolences to the Miller family. Grammma Margaret and Jeannie took care of our girls from the time they were barely...Read More »
1 of 56 | Posted by: Shannon and Callista Kill ( and Mom and DAd)

“Dear Ann, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the friends and family of your Mother. ”
2 of 56 | Posted by: Glenn Elvecrog - Aitkin, MN

“What a great lady we have lost! Margaret was a true example of life, love and a hardworking person who cared about so many.  She shared so many...Read More »
3 of 56 | Posted by: Jeri (Logan) Erickson

“We are so sad to here of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family. God bless! Rich and Trudy Carstens. ”
4 of 56 | Posted by: Rich & Trudy Carstens - Miltona, MN

“Miller family,I never had the pleasure of meeting your Mom/Grandmother, but I do know many of you.  Please know that I am thinking of you. May...Read More »
5 of 56 | Posted by: Susan Flogstad (Wolbersen)

“Altho we do not know but a few of your family, you have our deepest sympathy.Lynn and Sheila ”
6 of 56 | Posted by: Sheila Schulz - Morris

“Dear Mo and to the rest of Margaret's family... my thoughts and deepest prayers are with you during this very difficult time. God bless you and heal...Read More »
7 of 56 | Posted by: Randy & Kelly (Fults) Frank

“To the Miller Family,We offer our heartfelt sympathy on the death of your mom and grandmother. We are keeping you all in our prayers and feel deeply...Read More »
8 of 56 | Posted by: A friend

“Mary - My sincere condolences to you, your family, and Kevin on the tragic loss of your Mother.  I regret that I cannot be with you today or...Read More »
9 of 56 | Posted by: Bob Brandt - Brooklyn Park, MN

“You all have my deepest sympathy. She will be deeply missed. God Bless. ”
10 of 56 | Posted by: Roni Kramer

“Dear Joenne and FamilyI am deeply saddened to hear about your mother's passing.  You were truly fortunate to have had such a women as a model in...Read More »
11 of 56 | Posted by: Joanna Braun - Elbow Lake, MN

“Deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Miller Family.  What a wonderful person Margaret was.  I will miss seeing her in her usual spot at...Read More »
12 of 56 | Posted by: Donna - Morris, MN

“My saddened heart grieves with you all.I just saw your mom on Sunday at the Septemberfest at the church.  I saw her with that same welcoming...Read More »
13 of 56 | Posted by: Pat Wilcox - Alexandria, MN

“Amazing is the word that comes to mind when I think about Margaret and what she was to many a child and the parents!  I can only say that feel...Read More »
14 of 56 | Posted by: Jan Dilley - MN

“Where does a person begin in such a tragedy? Margaret will be missed by many, including this family and all the families and their children that she...Read More »
15 of 56 | Posted by: Julie Tonn - Morris, MN

“Miller Family,We are very saddened by the loss of Margaret.  What a great lady.  She touched the lives of many people during her time here....Read More »
16 of 56 | Posted by: Tricia Rohloff

“What a devastating loss to all who knew Margaret.  She was such a wonderful person.  So strong, but yet so gentle.  She has touched so...Read More »
17 of 56 | Posted by: Ali Anderson - Morris, MN

“We are so sad about Margaret's passing.  Hayley loved her Grandma Margaret so much.  She went to the kitchen to look for her when we got to...Read More »
18 of 56 | Posted by: Kristin McNeill - Morris, MN

“Dear Mo and the entire Miller family.  I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. You have my deepest sympathy and will be in my thoughts and...Read More »
19 of 56 | Posted by: Lori (Sack) Jacobson - Alberta

“Miller familyOur deepest sympathy to you all. We were shocked and saddened to get the call yesterday morning of Margaret's passing. She was a kind...Read More »
20 of 56 | Posted by: Angie Svec - Lowry, MN

“So sad to hear about Margaret.  She was a special lady.  Did such a great job with her family and took such good care of all the daycare...Read More »
21 of 56 | Posted by: Mona Maanum - JOHNSON, MN

“Hearing the news yesterday was heart breaking.  I will always remember Margaret and how she always had a hug and a smile. It's amazing the...Read More »
22 of 56 | Posted by: Tammy Paulson - Alexandria, MN

“Dear Miller family, Over the coming days and months as you grieve over the loss of a great lady; your mom and grandmother, may you find comfort in...Read More »
23 of 56 | Posted by: Allen & Dawn Thiel - Hancock, MN

“I was so saddened to hear of Margaret's devastating accident!  My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.  I ran into...Read More »
24 of 56 | Posted by: JoAnn Logan Brus - Plymouth, MN

“Margaret was something else!  She was like another mom.  No one had ever made me finish my soggy cereal before.  (I liked it better...Read More »
25 of 56 | Posted by: Sharon Rae Martin - Morris, MN

“Colleen and family, please gain strength from each other.  There are so many people that are including you in their prayers to give you...Read More »
26 of 56 | Posted by: Kathy Johnson - Maplewood, MN

“Hi Ann - so sorry to hear about your tradgedy. If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know. You and your family are in my thoughts...Read More »
27 of 56 | Posted by: Bob Blessing - Staples, MN

“I am so sorry to hear about your Mom.  Joenne, we graduated together and my sister, Sharon, is good friends with Mary.  The only other one...Read More »
28 of 56 | Posted by: Nancy (Anderson) Jones - Morris, MN

“To the Miller FamilyYou have my deepest sympathy.  Your Mom was a wonderful lady.  She always had a smile.  She will be missed by many...Read More »
29 of 56 | Posted by: Carol (Hull) Carlson - Rosholt,, SD

“Jeff and Miller family, I am shocked and saddened for your loss of your mother.  There may never be an answer for "Why?" but there will always...Read More »
30 of 56 | Posted by: Sheldon Giese

“Mary - so sorry to read of your mother's untimely passing.  Please know I am praying for you and all your family. ”
31 of 56 | Posted by: Sally Scribner Iverson - Osakis, MN

“Dear Ann, Jeanne, Joenne, Mary, Colleen, Marilyn, Judy, Bob and Jeff and the entire Miller Family:I was so sorry to hear about your Mom.  I have...Read More »
32 of 56 | Posted by: Debbie Beltrand - Cottage Grove, MN

“Dear Marilyn,We are so sad to learn about the sudden loss of your mom.  You all must be so devestated.  She sounds like such a lovely...Read More »
33 of 56 | Posted by: marilyn colgan - UT

“Entire Miller Family- First of all, we want you all to know we are thinking of you and praying for each and every one of you......Also, we just...Read More »
34 of 56 | Posted by: Rick & Carrie Hennen - Morris, MN

“I feel that I am one of the luckiest people in the world to have such a wonderful mother, grandmother to my children and most of all best friend. ...Read More »
35 of 56 | Posted by: Ann Vipond - Norcross, MN

“My deepest sympathy to the entire Miller family on the death of your beloved one...Marge.  When I taught at St. Mary's in Morris, your Mom and...Read More »
36 of 56 | Posted by: Sister Cordy Korkowski,OSF - MN

“I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss of a very remarkable lady who will be remembered by many.  Mo...my heart goes out to you and know that...Read More »
37 of 56 | Posted by: Jen (Charles) Mix - Farmington, MN

“Dear Miller FamilyOur thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have very fond memories growing up with Margaret and the rest...Read More »
38 of 56 | Posted by: Patrick Rentz - Tampa, FL

“Dear Mary, I was so so sorry to hear the news about your Mom from Christy. My heart goes out to you, dear friend. After reading your Mom's Obit. I...Read More »
39 of 56 | Posted by: Cindy Kopacek - Maple Grove, MN

“I do not have but word to express my saddness for your family and friends.  May God bless you and give you comfort!My thoughts are with you and...Read More »
40 of 56 | Posted by: Sheila Hemming - Morris, MN

“What a lady Margaret was, and how many, many lives she has touched! Awesome people like her are recalled in people's memories often and missed much....Read More »
41 of 56 | Posted by: Lisa Cain - Morris

“Although she's not their mother, She cares for them each day. She cuddles, sings, and reads to them, And watches them as they play. She sees each new...Read More »
42 of 56 | Posted by: Cory & Shelley Evink & Kendel - MN

“Please accept my sincere sympathy to the entire family.  Over the many years of working with Joenne, I thought I knew this wonderful women who...Read More »
43 of 56 | Posted by: JUDY THRONSON - ELBOW LAKE, MN

“To the Miller family,Margaret sounds like the kind of grandmother that anyone would love. Our prayers go to all of her family and friends in this...Read More »
44 of 56 | Posted by: A friend

“Judy, So sorry to hear about your mom.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  If you need anything please dont hesitate to...Read More »
45 of 56 | Posted by: Matthew Schmitt - Waukesha, WI

“I am so, so sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. . . what a special, special lady! She is and will always be truly an icon in Morris and to so many...Read More »
46 of 56 | Posted by: Heather Lucken

“Miller Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.  Your mom sure made people feel welcomed and was always so friendly....Read More »
47 of 56 | Posted by: Christy Dehn - Maple Grove, MN

“So very sorry about your losss.  Margaret will be so greatly missed by the community.  She was a wonderful lady and always did so much for...Read More »
48 of 56 | Posted by: Deb Solvie - Hancock, MN

“Dear Miller Family: You have our deepest sympathy on the loss of Margaret; what a hardworking, caring, truly special person she was! I will never...Read More »
49 of 56 | Posted by: Linda Anderson - Morris

“A very loving person that will be missed by family, freinds, and day-care kids.  God Bless. ”
50 of 56 | Posted by: rick kellenberger

“My sympathy and prayers to you, Marg's loving family.  I am so sorry to hear of her untimely death.  May she be enjoying life with the Lord...Read More »
51 of 56 | Posted by: Sister Mary Lou  Eltgroth - MN

“To the Miller Family.  I am so sorry for your loss.  Margaret was an awesome lady who will never be forgotten.  My thoughts and...Read More »
52 of 56 | Posted by: Verna Zeiher - Morris, MN

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Dear Miller Family during this difficult time.  I have many fond memories of all the Good Times we...Read More »
53 of 56 | Posted by: Sister Christelle Watercott - MN

“Jeff, Nancy and family,Our hearts go out to you during this extremely difficult time. There are just no words to help me express the pain that i know...Read More »
54 of 56 | Posted by: Brenda (Sayre) Ewy - St Paul Park, MN

“My deepest condolences to the family and all those who knew Margaret as friend. She was an amazing woman with so many talents.  I had the good...Read More »
55 of 56 | Posted by: Arlene Kruize Fults - Rosemount, MN

“Dear Joenne and family,So very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My heart breaks for you. You are in my prayers.     ...Read More »
56 of 56 | Posted by: Sheila Kaehler - morris, MN


Margaret Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Holland) Braun, was born May 7, 1932 at the Barrett Ranch in Herman, Minnesota. For the first seven years of Margaret’s schooling she attended country school near Herman. She then went to the Donnelly School for a few years and later graduated from Alberta High School in Alberta.


 


On September 6, 1951, Margaret was united in marriage to Edward J. Miller. Following their marriage, the couple farmed in various areas of Stevens County for many years, before moving to Morris in 1969. Margaret started her daycare career after a couple of friends found the need for exceptional care for their children. After Margaret was widowed at a very early age and left with several young children at home to raise, her daughter, Jeanne, joined her and continued caring for daycare children until the day she died. Margaret provided daycare for 37 years. Who can count the number of children whose lives Grandma Margaret touched!


 


Margaret thoroughly enjoyed spending time with and watching her grandchildren’s activities, doing crossword puzzles, reading, ironing, and also was a dedicated Minnesota Twins fan. Margaret was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, a member of Christian Mothers, and very involved over the years in various activites in the church. Margaret thoroughly enjoyed helping to raise the MANY children who called her Grandma. Margaret really had a special connection with the babies at the daycare. She was asked for advice on raising kids MANY times over the years. One of Margaret’s favorite things was to go for a cruise in her Dodge Stratus to unwind at the end of the day. Margaret was very well known for her wonderful baking and cooking abilities. Everyone knew that she made the absolute best chocolate chip cookies, homemade buns, brown bread, and caramel rolls, just to name a few. Whenever you walked in her house, you felt like you were at home. One of her very special traits was that she made everyone feel that they were part of her extended family. If you didn’t have a place to go, you were always welcome into her home. When all of the Miller clan was together, especially around the holidays, you could usually find a very active and competitive game of cards. It was known by all around the table that Margaret did not like to lose! And if she did, the cards went flying.


 


Margaret died on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 in Glenwood, Minnesota, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She lived to reach the age of 77 years.


 


Margaret is survived by seven daughters: Joenne (Craig) Schmidgall of Morris, Mary (Kevin) Phelan of Plymouth, Colleen Miller of Morris, Judy (Jim) Taylor of Waukesha, WI, Jeanne (Dan) Koehntop of Donnelly, Ann (Mark) Vipond of Norcross and Marilyn (Brian) Truwe of Rogers; two sons: Jeff (Nancy) Miller of Morris and Robert (Darla) Miller of Elbow Lake; 14 grandchildren: Jamie (Adam) Schneider, Brenda Taylor, Ashley Schmidgall, Adam Schmidgall, Tiffany (Justin) Thorstad, Kristi (Brian) Werner, Justin Koehntop, Nicholas Vipond, Nathan Vipond, Crystal (Blair) Herman, Beau Fabian, Buzz Miller, Eddie Truwe and Anna Truwe; Five great-grandchildren: Oliver Schneider, Maxwell Schneider, Teagen Werner, Braeden Thorstad and Gianna Herman; one brother: William (Gen) Braun of Morris; one sister: Irene Raths of Morris; sister-in-law: Deloris Braun of Morris and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband: Edward Miller, her parents; infant grandson: Bradford Taylor; four brothers: James, Joseph, Donald and Willard Braun and two sisters: Agnes Kopel and Joan Braun.


 


Pallbearers for the service are Margaret’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Ashley Schmidgall, Adam Schmidgall, Jamie Schneider, Brenda Taylor, Nicolas Vipond, Nathan Vipond, Buzz Miller, Beau Fabian, Crystal Herman, Justin Koehntop, Kristi Werner, Tiffany Thorstad, Eddie Truwe, Anna Truwe, Maxwell Schneider, Oliver Schneider, Teagen Werner, Braeden Thorstad and Gianna Herman. Honorary pallbearers are all of Grandma Margaret’s Daycare Kids. Zach Roberts will serve as pianist for the service. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.

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