Virginia W. “Jinny” Miller

Jan 22, 2020
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Celebration of Life: 12:00 pm Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Friendship Village Cove Lounge, 3720 Village Place



Family burial will precede the services at the Waterloo Cemetery, Waterloo


Trinity American Lutheran Church or Friendship Village Foundation


Virginia W. “Jinny” Miller, 99 of Waterloo died at the Friendship Village Retirement Center, Waterloo on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.  She was born March 3, 1920 in Fairfield, IA, daughter of Stanley Stull and Fannie Eide Watts.

She graduated from Murray High School in 1937 and Osceola Junior College in 1939 with a two-year degree. Following college, she went on to beauty school and became a beautician.

She married Rolland L. Miller on June 7, 1942 at her father's funeral home in Murray, Iowa; he died October 19, 1990.

After beauty school, she had a hair salon in her home in Grand River, IA for three years. After marrying and during the war years, Dr. Miller set up medical practice and a four-bed hospital in Readlyn where the couple lived. Because of the lack of available nurses during WWII, Virginia assisted her husband administering anesthesia, nursing, cooking and managing all housekeeping duties necessary for running a small rural hospital. 

She was an active member of Trinity American Lutheran Church since 1946 and was past president of the Trinity Women's Group as well as serving on the church board. She served as president of the Iowa Lutheran Women (ELCA), Waterloo Women's Club, Waterloo Garden Club, Chapter FE PEO, Waterloo PEO Reciprocity Group, Hanna Loer Chapter of Questers and YWCA board president. She was Waterloo's Mother of the Year in 1972. She was an honorary life member of Allen Hospital Auxiliary, serving on the board for 22 years. As the Miller/ Watts family comes from a long line of quilters, Virginia became an expert of Iowa quilt history and spoke frequently to community organizations in the Cedar Valley. She also enjoyed painting, gardening, sewing, quilting, entertaining, reading, playing bridge, and 500.

Jinny is survived by her children:  Sherry (Raymond) Yarema‚ Glen Ellyn‚ IL; Julie (David) Jones‚ Minneapolis‚ MN, Son, Dr. Kent Miller‚ Green Valley, AZ. Grandchildren: Kristin (Michael) Nohaile, Kathy (Mike) Hardin, Christopher (Dannah Baynton) Jones, Anne (Steffen) Lutz, and Andrew Miller. Great-grandchildren: Maeve, Nieve, Calder, Beckett and Lea. Sister-in-law: Edith Watts, Fairfax, VA.

Several nephews and nieces: Harvey Miller, Dennis Miller, Janet Pickerall, Ralph Miller, Douglas Miller, Jacqueline Miller, John Watts, Jamie Watts, and Sarah Watts Benecke.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rolland, daughter-in-law Pam Miller, grandson, Nicholas Jones and brother, David Watts.

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  1. Diane Golden | Jan 24, 2020

    Virginia was my P.E.O. sister and my mentor as a P.E.O. sister myself.  We shared many good times in P.E.O, and she was always willing to do her part and more.  When we were putting together our P.E.O. cookbook, she submitted many recipes.  She also gifted me with one her own cookbooks with Miller Family favorites.

    She was as  confident as she was talented, but the thing that she really excelled at was her love and pride in her own family.  You -- her family -- already know how luck you were to have her. 

    I saw her a few months ago at Friendship Village and she greeted me with a warn smile.  That smile still shone, and I will never forget it -- that and the fact that she could walk faster than almost any of us! 

    Peace and love to you all.  Take care.

    Diane Golden, Chapter FE-JP



  2. Melissa Backen | Jan 22, 2020
    my sympathy to the miller family i remember Virginia growing up living behind us a very nice lady                                    Melissa (Peterson) Backen

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