Lake City - Verda Pauline Miller, at the age of 100 years, died on February 3, 2019 at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in the Lake City Cemetery. Her family will unite in the spring for a celebration of her life.
Verda is survived by her daughters, Juanita Lum of Frederick, MD, and Eileen Lynn Miller of Lake City, IA, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Grace Lynn, her brother, Donald Lynn of Alexandria, VA, her husband, Russell A. Miller, and her daughter Marilyn Healy of Maryville, MO.
Born on May 27, 1918, of Grace Campbell Lynn and Raymond Denet Lynn on a ranch near Winner, South Dakota, Verda attended elementary school in Kearny, NE. At age 11 she and her family moved to Lake City, IA where she continued her education and graduated from high school.
On March 19, 1938, she and Russell A. Miller were married in Des Moines, IA. They raised three daughters and while Russell served in the navy in WWII, her mother and mother-in-law helped her in many ways.
Verda was very artistically inclined. She could play the piano by ear, having had no formal lessons. She loved style and fashion and had a strong desire to become an actress, which she achieved by acting in numerous plays put on by the Village Square Theatre in Lake City.
She was also a very active member in the Woodlawn Christian Church, served as president of the Hospital Auxiliary, was a member of the local Federated Arts Club and of the Legion Auxiliary.
Verda was very wise in her approach to life. When asked to describe her definition of happiness, she replied, "Happiness is accepting whatever situation you happen to be in and doing all you can to make it as positive an experience as possible".
Memorials may be left for the Lake City Library.