In Memory of

Dona J. Miller

August 27, 1923 - December 8, 2020
From: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City – Dona J. Miller 97, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Sunny Knoll Care Centre, Rockwell City. Private Family Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 at St. Paul’s Lutheran & Presbyterian Church, Rockwell City, with Pastor Kelley Pedersen and Pastor Jim Davis officiating.  Burial of casket will be at Rosehill Cemetery.  A Come & Go Visitation will be 12:00 Noon Monday at the Church until service time.  Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.  Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.  The Funeral Service will be live streamed on the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home Facebook page. 

     Dona is survived by her daughter Victoria Stumpf and her husband Thomas of Rockwell City; sons, Russell Miller of Anchor Point, Alaska, and Dr. Casey Miller of Nemaha; 7 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Nancy (Wes) Winchel of Kerrville, Texas, Carol (Frank) Cranston of Elkhorn, Nebraska, and Barbara Voss of Iowa City; and other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband Henry; son Scott Miller; infant son and daughter; her parents, Carman and Jennie Rathbun Russell; stepmother Estella Russell; brother John Russell; brother-in-law Dow Voss; and sisters-in-law, Betty Russell and Sheila Russell.

     Dona Jane Russell was born August 27, 1923 at Ida Grove, Iowa.  She was raised in Ida Grove and graduated from Ida Grove High School, with the Class of 1940.  On June 15, 1941 she was united in marriage to Henry C. Miller at Maryville, Missouri.  The couple made their home in Iowa City, Ida Grove, Laurens, and later established their home to Rockwell City.  Dona worked in food service for the Rockwell City Elementary School until her retirement in 1985.  During their retirement years, the couple wintered in Mesa, Arizona.  Henry passed away in 2002.  Dona made her home at Sunnyview Independent Living until becoming a resident at Sunny Knoll Care Centre.  Dona was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran & Presbyterian Church, Sunday School Teacher, and American Legion Auxiliary.  Dona enjoyed dancing, shopping, cooking, and baking and loved her family dearly.

Private Family Services
2:00 p.m. - Monday
December 14, 2020
St. Paul's Lutheran & Presbyterian Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
**Funeral Service will be Live Streamed on
Palmer & Swank Funeral Home
Facebook Page**
Pastor Kelley Pedersen
Pastor Jim Davis
Todd Stumpf
Tony Stumpf
Tamara Pederson
Tricia Stumpf
Teresa Landt
Troy Stumpf
Brian Miller
Come & Go Visitation
12:00 Noon - Monday
December 14, 2020
St. Paul's Lutheran & Presbyterian Church
Rockwell City, Iowa 
**Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced **
Rosehill Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa


Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 3:44 PM
“Aunt Dona was dad's older sister. Wonderful woman - second mom to us boys, especially to the youngest one (Allan). Will always remember the trips to Rockwell City, going to-and-from Ida Grove - where Aunt Dona and dad grew up, and where grandpa and grandma lived. I especially enjoyed the time that we spent together when Aunt Dona would come up to Alaska to see her son and grandson. I will miss Aunt Dona greatly. I will remember her for the love, affection and kindness that she always bestowed on all of us. Love you Aunt Dona! Rest In Peace.”
- Steven J. Russell

Friday, December 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM
“Sorry to hear of Dona’s passing. She was such a sweet lady. Enjoyed talking with her a lot at Sunny Knoll. May she Rest In Peace ”
- Marilyn Thompson

Monday, December 14, 2020 at 12:08 PM
“We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Dona was one of the wonderful ladies at Sunnyview that always looked out for my dad (Russell Fryar) when he lived there. She was always so friendly and a genuinely kind person.
Steve & Carol Moberg ”
- Steve & Carol Moberg

Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9:57 AM
“My Mom and Dona were such great friends. Dona was so kind and her smile was so beautiful. She did have a great sense of humor and a sparkle in her eyes with that. I imagine the reunion in heaven with Mom and Aunt Carrie to be full if giggles. ❤”
- Lori Feld Bonnstetter

Monday, December 14, 2020 at 8:41 AM
“Dona was a lovely lady! My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family! May she rest in eternal peace.
- Fr. Brian Danner

Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 11:01 AM
“Our sympathy to the family. We loved Dona and have great memories with Dona and my mom, Helen! ”
- Ray and Diane Tucker

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“So sad to hear of Dona's passing, what a wonderful sweet woman. Our thoughts are with her family today.
- David Esmay

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:24 AM
“My sympathy to you. She was such a nice person and lived a good long life.
- Alice Mae Stotts

Friday, December 11, 2020 at 12:50 PM
“Dona was one of those genuinely nice people in life who made other people feel welcome and missed. That is a gift. She will be missed.”
- Maureen Rafferty Sorensen

Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 8:43 PM
“I grew up as one of the “Court Street”family. My mom, Ethel Bond, and Dona were best friends. When my mom went to work at the high school, I was in kindergarten and needed a place to go in the afternoons when I was done with my half day. Dona lovingly took me in and became my second mom. Plus, she made the best cookies ever! She even made them for me when I would come home from college. She was very special to our family! She had a huge heart and I will never forget her kindness to me.

My sincere condolences.... I wish I could give the entire family a hug! ”
- Teresa Bond Pals

Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:36 PM
“So sorry hearing about Dona, she was one of the best and will be missed by many. She always had a smile and a kind word. This is something I won't forget . Ray & Sharon Vought”
- Ray& Sharon Vought

Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:12 PM
“My prayers go out to the family . Dona was such a sweet lady.”
- Donna Lewis

Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 12:53 PM
“I grew up across the street from Dona and Hank and their children. I still remember the day they arrived on Court Street. Dona was pushing Casey in a baby buggy and we all stood in the driveway and talked. Our "Court Street" family was so special. It truly was a dream world of kind people, fun times and neighbors sharing kindness, love and food! Dona was the one you could always count on to softly give you a smile and kind words. I send my love and prayers to the entire family.”
- Jeanette Owen Davis

Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:39 AM
“May all of you find comfort, with your good faith, that Donna is now resting in peace with her Maker. You will be in my thoughts and prayers”
- Maureen Hobart

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7:55 PM
“Our heartfelt sympathy to Dona's family.”
- Gerri & Jane McCurdy

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:54 PM
“My sympathies to the Miller family. Dona was such a sweet lady and always had a smile to give you. She was special.”
- Linda R Rohrick

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 5:23 PM
“So sorry to hear about your loss. Remember visiting them here at Mesa Spirit. Our condolences.”
- Ron & Kathy Johnson

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:14 PM
“Dona was a very nice neighbor and friend for many years! A lovely lady! ”
- Dorothy Zierke

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 5:00 AM
“So sad to hear of Aunt Dona’s passing. She was a very special person. Great memories of going to Rockwell City for holidays, weddings family events. She was a blessing to all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. ”
- Jim Russell

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