Ivaleu Miller 1927-2019
Ivaleu A. Miller, 92, a lifelong member of the Delia community, passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, with her loving family by her side. Until recently, she remained in her own home with the loving assistance and care provided by her granddaughter Ashlee.
Ivaleu was the first child of Emery and Bertha Eakin. She grew up in rural Delia along with her sister Eudora and brother, Edward. She became skilled at farm life on her parents’ farm and later as a partner in her husband Donald’s farming business.
Ivaleu attended grade school in rural Delia and graduated from Delia High School. She attended Emporia College where she obtained her teaching certificate. She taught school for two years at High Prairie Grade School and Stony Point Grade School. Later in life she worked part-time at the Delia Post Office.
Family and farm were the way of life for Ivaleu, but she had also given of herself to her church and community, serving as an elder of the Delia Presbyterian Church, being a 4-H leader, serving on the election board and as a member of the United Presbyterian Women.
Ivaleu had a passion for cooking. A gift from her was sure to include one of her baked goods or candies. She enjoyed scrapbooking, embroidering, bird watching and especially enjoyed e-mailing her friends.
On June 5, 1946, she was united in marriage to Donald W. “Don” Miller at Holton. He preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 2005. Ivaleu was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Edward Eakin.
Those left to cherish her memory include her seven children, Beverly (William) Tucker, Kansas City, Gary Miller, Beattie, Victor Miller, Topeka, Nancy (Larry) Boten, Kansas City, Mo., Sandra (Stephen) Eisenbarth, Silver Lake, Rodney (Lisa) Miller, Holton, and Elizabeth (Brian Gower) Victor, Lawrence; her sister, Eudora McQueen, Delia; 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Delia Presbyterian Church. Interment will be held in Delia Cemetery. Ivaleu will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delia Presbyterian Church and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, KS 66536. Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com