Patricia was one of the most influential women in my life. Her and Bob we're grandparents to me while I grew up. I loved getting to play songs on their piano as they would listen and encourage me. When I was younger, I was really intrigued by the nesting doll collection they shared in their home, and soon after they gifted me a beautiful nesting doll I still have today. It was always fun sitting out on the back deck, and flying the seeds from the trees through the air with Bob. They were always so positive and loving, and I'm thankful that I got to know their love, and to see how much good they put back out into the world with their genuine kindness. All my love to an amazing couple, and to an amazing woman. -Natalie
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Patricia R. Miller, 96, of Muscatine, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at her home.
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Reverend Brandon Nygaard will officiate. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the funeral home.
Patricia was born on December 19, 1922, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the daughter of William and Sara Minnick Behrens. She married Robert E. Miller on December 27, 1944, in Carlisle. He preceded her in death on October 17, 2012.
She was an elementary school teacher, having taught at Montpelier and Grant Schools in the Muscatine Community School District.
Pat was a member of the Mulford Evangelical Free Church where she served in a number of positions including Sunday School teacher, trustee, church council, choir, and she served as financial secretary for 10 years. She was a past president of the EFCA women's group. She loved her family, music, especially singing, traveling, sewing, and playing scrabble.
Those left to honor her memory include her children, Earl (Scott) Miller Sr. and wife, Debbie, and Susan Diane McIntire and significant other, David Reed, all of Muscatine; four grandchildren, Earl (Scott) Miller Jr. and wife, Kari, Brian J. Miller and wife, Christian, Carrie A. Anderson and husband, Jay, all of Muscatine, and Corey S. Grady and wife, Meredith, of Davenport; one step-granddaughter, Amanda Curtis of Muscatine; one grandson-in-law, Eric Creamer of Muscatine; and 14 great-grandchildren, Allison, Zachary, Taylor, Jacob, Dylan, Logan, Emma, Hayden, Jaidyn, Jaxon, Carter, Patrick, Lillian May, and Maverick.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one granddaughter, Sara Creamer; one grandson, Eric Scott Miller; one sister, Wanda Lebo and husband, Jerome C.; two brothers, William R. and Douglas S. Behrens; and two nephews, William H. Behrens and Ron Lebo.
To Patricia's family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. She was a dear and precious soul and I count myself blessed, very blessed, to have known her. She was first, my Sunday School teacher, second, my mentor and friend, third, my "bonus Mom" and "Grandma" to my children. When we came "home" to Muscatine from Normal Illinois... It was to your parents we came. They were "HOME". I appreciate so much their friendship, mentorship, guidance, love, support and care they extended to me and my family for the past 40 plus years. They played an integral part in changing my life and I know that I am ETERNALLY grateful to them and for them. You all have been so blessed. I wish you all grace peace and comfort to KNOW she is with Bob in Heaven, now fully living their best lives EVER.
Condolences from Jeff & Cathy Hendriks, and from Darcy Hendriks. We love this classy lady. Bob and Pat always liked to keep Darcy in line. Prayers go out to the family.
My best memory of Pat is when she came up to me so excited letting me know she led our oldest daughter to Christ during Sunday School. She and Bob were overjoyed and I won’t ever forget that Sunday! A true woman of God. Helping populate the Kingdom and spreading the gospel. She was a true friend and wonderful teacher and I love her dearly. Welcome home Pat! Thank you for showing so many how to live for Christ!
We were sorry to hear of Pat’s passing and send our condolences. Bob and Pat left a great legacy of sweet memories as we remember their love for the Lord. When visiting Mom at Sunnybrook we would see Pat smiling, always welcoming to greet us, and continuing to show others the Lord’s love. Praying the memories they made for us will sustain you in the times to come. (Mark and Sheila Neal, Phyllis Fuhlman-Beck)
I have many memories of Pat both in her service to the Lord and her teaching career. She leaves behind a legacy that will not be broken. Now she is with Bob and her Lord. My sympathies to the entire family. Pastor Clark Pantel
Dear family and friends, Such a beautiful lady and friend! I miss her already, even though I´m far away, in Costa Rica. Juslt knowing she´s not there makes me sad and tearful. What a joy to be in Pat and Bob´s home so many times! How thoughtful they were! They both were true models of Christ´s love! May the Lord bring His peace to your hearts as He wraps you in His loving arms.
- Ruth Ann De Flon
While I was a student at Moody Bible institute, I had to do some interviews. I interviewed both Pat and Bob. It was a beautiful, sharing experiencen. And. I loved them both !!
One of my favorite memories of Mrs. Miller was her singing "Ten Tousand Angels" in church. I can still hear her beautiful voice. And now she is in the presense of her loving Father and singing for Him!
My sympathies to Pats family.
When I think of Pat, I can't help but smile. Her determination, love of family, singing, joy, quietly mischievous spirit... she will be missed. We laughed together, we worshiped together. One day, we will do so again.
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