Date of Birth: 01/31/1930
Date of Death: 04/15/2015
Services: Friday (5-1-15) 2:00 PM at First Congregational Church, McCook, Nebraska.
Visitation: Friday (5-1-15) 1:00 to 2:00 PM at First Congregational Church, McCook, Nebraska.
Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook, Nebraska.
It has been said that Angels walk among us here on Earth. If this is true, we have
lost one of the kindest and most gentle Angels of them all, Marilyn Jean Miller,
beloved teacher, aunt, and friend who died April 15, 2015, in Omaha. Marilyn
was born January 31, 1930 in Haxtun, Colorado, to Ralph and Clarissa Soth Miller.
The family moved back to McCook, Nebraska, in 1933. The Republican River
Flood and Tornado of 1935 were devastating to the Miller family. Marilyn's aunt,
her aunt's sister, and four cousins perished in the flood. She frequently
recounted her memories as a small child of this tragedy. Marilyn's father was a
McCook city councilman, interim county judge, and respected merchant. The
family also owned Miller's Cloverleaf Dairy. Marilyn's mother was a school
teacher. No doubt Marilyn inherited her love of learning, respect for every
person, and her spirit of giving to others from her parents. Marilyn graduated
from McCook High School in 1948 and then attended McCook Junior College,
graduating in 1950. She then received her degree in elementary education from
Kearney State Teachers College in 1952. Marilyn taught elementary school in
McCook for 30 years at East Ward School, for many years teaching her cherished
third-graders, then volunteering to teach educationally challenged students.
Marilyn's former students always remember her infectious smile and kindness
shown to every student in her classes. As a model for her students, Marilyn
dressed impeccably, her hair and nails always pristine, wearing high heels and
finely tailored colorful dresses. Marilyn was an active member of First Christian
Church, Disciples of Christ, in McCook. She taught Sunday school, sang in the
church choir, and was co-sponsor of the Christian Youth Fellowship. At the time
of her death, she was a member of the First Congregational Church in McCook.
Marilyn was a true Nebraskan, a devoted Husker fan, and loyal to Nebraska beef,
preferring filet to any other food! And she was proud that former Governor and
Senator Ben Nelson hailed from McCook. Marilyn relocated to Omaha in 2012
and later resided at Immanuel Fontenelle Home in Omaha. Preceding her in
death were her parents, both of whom died in 1994. She is survived by her
adopted nephew Todd Fossum and husband Dr. Joseph Hoagbin of Omaha;
cousins Dale Miller and wife Betty of Missouri, Shirley Miller Wheeler of Colorado, Lynn Miller and wife
Jean of Massachusets, Nadine Miller Fidler of South Dakota, and Mona Lyons of California; dear friend Dorothy Brandt of
Lincoln, and many former students and friends. The Marilyn Jean Miller
Scholarship Fund has been established in honor of her memory at McCook
College Foundation, PO Box 195, McCook, NE 69001.