Vivian Miller

Vivian Miller



Vivian M. Miller, 79, of Fayette, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Oelwein Health Care Center.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at Becker-Milnes Funeral home in Fayette with Rev. Andy Sayer officiating. Burial followed at Grandview Cemetery in Fayette. Online condolences may be left at

Vivian Marie, daughter of Harold and Marguerite Warnke Larson, was born Feb. 22, 1935, at Oelwein. She received her education in the Oelwein Public Schools.

On Aug. 3, 1952, she was united in marriage with Jesse R. “Dick” Miller at the Lutheran Church in Oelwein. The couple made their home in Oelwein prior to moving to Fayette.

Vivian worked as a dietician and cook at Upper Iowa University and Maple Crest Manor in Fayette. She also worked at a grocery store in Fayette and Lucy’s Garden of Eatin’ Restaurant. Vivian enjoyed gardening, both flowers and vegetables, baking, bird watching, cats, watermelon, collecting fiber optic holiday ornaments and wind chimes, and most especially, loved having her family together.

Vivian is survived by her three children, Paul (Deb) Miller of Peosta, Cindy (Damon) Diehl of Stoughton, Wis., and Rick Miller of Fayette; eight grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; four brothers, Larry “Red” Larson of Luana, Terry Larson of Hazelton, Junior (Connie) Larson, and Jim (Pat) Larson, both of Oelwein; one sister, Sandy (Tom) Kisner of Sumner; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick, who died Dec. 14, 1999; her parents; two brothers; and three sisters. 

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