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Virginia Miller, 92 - September 01, 2016


Virginia M. (Axtell) Miller, 92, of Kearney, formerly of Overton, passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at Mt. Carmel Home Keens Memorial in Kearney, surrounded by family members.
Services were conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with the Rev. Rob Kuefner officiating. Interment took place at 2 p.m. at the Kearney Cemetery.
Miller was born May 14, 1924, on a homestead near Amherst to Harold and Fern (Harmoney) Axtell.
She graduated high school from Miller, and earned her master’s degree in business education from Kearney State Teachers College. She had taught numerous children at different schools in rural Nebraska. She was proud of her accomplishments in education, and even after all these years, her diplomas remain in perfect condition.
During Word War II, she worked at the Kearney Air Base taking care of veterans that were coming and going, giving encouraging words and fresh homemade food.
On May 5, 1943, she married Carson Nolan of Eddyville. To this union, five children were born. The family resided at Kearney. Her husband later passed away in February of 1964.
She was united in marriage to Robert L. Miller of Kearney on Aug. 23, 1965. This union added three daughters and a son to the family. Her husband passed away in October of 1991.
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 as well as teaching night classes at a junior college.
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 family and friends.
?Miller 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.
?She enjoyed traveling all of her life and telling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren of her adventures, according to family members. There was not a person who she did not give a smile to and was always keeping up with everyone’s lives.
Her unique laugh will always be remembered and her insights valued by others. As an avid letter writer all of her life, many enjoyed receiving letters and cards from her, stated the family. Always the teacher, she encouraged even her youngest of grandchildren to write her or send her pictures so she could reply back.
Miller was preceded in death by: her parents, Harold and Fern; her two husbands; her sister; a daughter; a step-son; two grandsons; a step-great-grandson.
Survivors include: her daughter, Francie (Andy) Stieb of Overton; her sons—Michael Nolan of Phoenix, AZ, Edward (Gina) Nolan of Scottsdale, AZ, and James Nolan of Long Beach, CA; step-daughters—Sandy Miller and Diane (Jim) Monroe, all of Kearney, and Cindy (Del) Tucker of Lincoln; seven grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church of Lexington, Lexington Elementary Schools “Good News Club” and Future For Kids Program.