Virginia M. (Axtell) Miller, 92, of Kearney, Nebraska, formerly of Overton, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016, at Mt. Carmel Home Keens Memorial in Kearney, surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born May 14, 1924, on a homestead near Amherst, Nebraska, to Harold & Fern (Harmoney) Axtell. On May 5, 1943, she married Carson Nolan of Eddyville, Nebraska, who passed away in February 1964. They had five children and lived in Kearney, Nebraska during their marriage. On August 23, 1965, she married Robert L. Miller of Kearney, Nebraska, who passed away in October 1991. Their joining of families added three daughters and a son to her ever growing family.
She graduated High School from Miller, Nebraska and earned her Master Degree in business Education from Kearney State Teachers College. She was very proud of her accomplishments in her education and even after all these years her diplomas are in perfect condition. During WWII, she worked at the Kearney Air Base taking care of our Veterans that were coming and going, giving encouraging words and fresh homemade food. She taught many children at different schools in rural Nebraska.
In 1972, she and her remaining family at home moved to Arizona where she helped manage a furniture store and also became an escrow officer. She began teaching night classes at a Junior College as well, always keeping busy.
In 1995, she moved in with her daughter Francie and her husband Andrew and enjoyed spending the remaining years of her life being surrounded by her family and friends. She joined the Trinity Lutheran Church and was an active member of their LWML, Human Care Guild, and numerous other Bible Study Groups. She was also a member of the local Christian Women’s Connection Group.
Virginia enjoyed traveling all of her life and telling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren of her adventures. There was not a person who she did not give a smile to and was always keeping up with everyone’s lives. Many will always remember her unique laugh and value her insight. An avid letter writer all of her life, many enjoyed receiving letters and cards from her. Always the teacher, she encouraged even her youngest of grandchildren to write her of send her pictures so she could reply back. She will be dearly missed but lived a long and amazing life.
Survivors include her daughter Francie and husband Andy Stieb of Overton, Nebraska, sons, Michael Nolan of Phoenix, Arizona, Edward and wife Gina Nolan of Scottsdale, Arizona, and James Nolan of Long Beach, California,
three step-daughters, Sandy Millerof Hays, Kansas, Diane and husband Jim Monroe of Kearney, Nebraska and Cindy and husband Del Tucker of Lincoln, Nebraska, seven grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, twenty eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, her sister, a daughter, a stepson, two grandsons, and one step-great-grandson.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor Rob Kuefner & Pastor Bill Ohlmann, officiating.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral home in Lexington.
Interment will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 2:00 p.m. at the Kearney Cemetery in Kearney, Nebraska.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington, Lexington Elementary Schools “Good News Club” or Future For Kids Program.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com