Gothenburg Resident: Donna “JoAnne” Miller, 82 (1930-2013)

Donna "JoAnne" Miller, 82, of Axtell, Nebraska, formerly of Brady, Nebraska, died Sunday, June 23rd, 2013, at Bethany Home in Minden, Nebraska.

JoAnne Miller was born November 2nd, 1930, in North Platte to Dewey McKinley and Alice Bernice Lawrence. She graduated from North Platte High School in 1948 and married Anton (Tony) Miller of rural Gothenburg July 31st, 1948, in North Platte. After he re-enlisted, the couple moved to Germany in 1950, where Tony, a World War II army veteran, was assigned. They returned to the North Platte area in 1953 upon his discharge. The couple farmed near Hershey, Maxwell and moved to Wild Horse Valley north of Brady in 1964 where they farmed and raised livestock. Tony died in 2008 and she moved to Axtell in 2009 and to Bethany Home in 2013.

JoAnne, who loved to cook, grew many vegetables in a large garden from which she prepared excellent meals. She loved cattle, the farm life and the farm, walking in the canyons - especially with their dog Beau, her family and her grandchildren. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary for more than 45 years, a long-time member of Zion Lutheran Church of rural Gothenburg and was a current member of Bethany Lutheran of Axtell.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, Doug; and a sister, Maxine.

Survivors include sons Terry and wife Donella Miller of Garden City, Kansas, Steve and wife Geri Lynn Miller of Laramie, Wyoming and Doug and wife Laura Miller of Axtell; four grandsons, Derek, Eric, Jordan and Benjamin; and three granddaughters, Melissa, Kristen and Morgan; and a sister-in-law, Jeannine Lawrence of Tempe, Arizona.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 27th, at 1 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church of rural Gothenburg with the Rev. David Evenson officiating.

Interment will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.

Visitation is 1-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26th, at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg.

Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

To sign the online guest book, go to Arrangements are in care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.


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