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Avis LaRae Miler

August 16, 1953 May 15, 2020
Avis LaRae Miler
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Obituary – Avis LaRae (Gere) Miler

Avis LaRae (Gere) Miler, age 66, of Leon, Iowa, was born August 16, 1953, in Valentine, Nebraska to Scottie and Merna (Grimm) Gere. She passed away May 15, 2020, at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Avis grew up living in several cities in the state of South Dakota. She went to high school in Sturgis, but completed her senior year at Central Decatur High School in Leon, Iowa, graduating in 1972.

Avis met and married Elmer Dwight Miler, Jr. on January 27, 1983. Together they raised three children, Okalena, Kirk, and Tony.

Avis worked a few years as an aide with the Head Start Preschool Program. Then she worked for 15 years at O’Bryan Brothers. Her latest job was working as a home health aide for South Central Home Health in Leon. She was still working as needed at the time of her death.

Some of the highlights of Avis’s life were the births of her grandchildren, spending time with her family, and attending and serving as a Sunday School teacher at Van Wert Assembly of God Church.

Avis was preceded in death by her parents and son, Kirk Miler. She is survived by her husband, Elmer Miler of Leon; children, Okalena and Bill Hill of Leon and Tony and Jennifer Miler of Osceola; grandchildren, Malorie and Monica Irving, Clayton, Tate, Reece, and Wade Hill, and Blair and Ty Miler; siblings, Shelda Gere of Leon, Velma and John Wengryn of Davis City, Iowa, Elwin Krug of Sturgis, South Dakota, and Darwin Gere of Van Wert, Iowa; and many more family and friends.

Visitation is at the Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home on Monday, May 18, by appointment, only, between Noon and 7 p.m. Call the funeral home to make appointment.
A Family Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at the Van Wert Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in the Van Wert Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established by the Family.
Arrangements were through the Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa.

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12:00 PM 5/18/2020 12:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/18/2020 7:00:00 PM
Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home

103 NE Mill Street
Leon, IA 50144

Visitation is by appointment, only. Please call the Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home to make an appointment. Masks are required. Family Funeral on Tuesday.

Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home
103 NE Mill Street Leon 50144 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Van Wert Cemetery Final Resting Place

Van Wert, IA 50262

Van Wert 50262 IA
United States

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