Marjorie (Hanson) Miller was born on September 14, 1915, on a farm in Lakeside Township to the late Carl and Alice (Knutson) Hanson. She was born and raised outside of Windom on a farm and lived there until she was married. She received her education from Oak Grove country school and Windom High School. Marjorie then went on to Mankato Business College. After college she worked as a secretary for Mr. Juhnke in the Windom Courthouse.
On September 27, 1941, Marjorie was united in marriage to Calvin Miller in Windom, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with three children, Roy, John, and Marji. After their marriage, Marjorie was a “stay at home” mom and very active in her children’s activities. In 1959, Marjorie and Calvin moved to Minneapolis. Calvin passed away on February 18, 2004. After his death, Marjorie continued living in Minneapolis. On December 1, 2008, she passed away at the Jones Harrison Residence at the wonderful age of 93 years. Her dream was to return to her “home” in Windom.
Marjorie was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis. She was also a former member of the American Lutheran Church in Windom where she was a Sunday school teacher, member of circle and LDR. She was a loving wife and mother who was very devoted to her family. In her Five Wishes, Marjorie said she wanted to be remembered for always trying to do the right thing and helping others.
She is survived by her children, Roy Miller and his wife, Mary, of Phoenix, AZ; John Miller and his wife, Vina, of Honesdale, PA; and Marji Miller and her husband, Bill Porteous, of Minneapolis, MN; six grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Keller of Champlin, MN; one brother-in-law, Rolf Deraas of Sauk Rapids, MN; and many other relatives and friends.
Marjorie is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Roy and Martin; and sisters, Ardath and Lorraine.
Blessed be the memory of Marjorie Hanson Miller.
John--son wrote on Jan 4, 2009:
"I didn't note my name above. Also, I might add: How many people can say that their mother's attention to household and mothering duties went so far as to iron not only shirts and trousers but also underwear? That was Mom's way of "going above and beyond the call of duty.""
son wrote on Jan 4, 2009:
"I recall Anala's thoughtful email eulogy in which she praised Mom's enjoyment of the grandchildren so much; her annual gifts of the Norwegian treat of lefse and the Minnesota specialty wild rice; and the unfortunate reality of her many physical/emotional challenges. I would add that throughout it all, Mom seemed to always try to do what was right in her eyes. Not easily done, I am sure, when one is in poor health. She got us out to the farm a lot as kids; what a delight it was to go exploring there with cousins. And, although she did not at first sound supportive of my move to Colorado to attend the Academy as Roy had done, she did later on express encouragement that I succeed there. A final note: her faith never wavered. She loved her gospel music. I'll bet "Wanting Memories" truly rocked her soul the day of her funeral, as Vina and I played in in our disabled rental car. May she rest in peace...and thanks Sis for getting this together."
Jim Keller - nephew wrote on Dec 3, 2008:
"Roy, John and Sister Are thoughts and prayers are also with you. While it is always hard to lose a parent, it is nice to know that Marge is at peace. I will always remember the gigantic lunches she would pack for me the summer I stayed at your place while I worked for the highway dept (thanks Uncle Cal). Sister, do you remember playing the virtual game of cards on the floor of your mom's hospital room? Great times and many happy memories that will live on for many years. Love Jim"