Margaret Miller

Margaret Miller Margaret Miller, 94, of Crystal Lake, IL formerly of Gayville, died Sunday, November 9 at the Hearthstone Manor Nursing Home in Woodstock, IL. Margaret Rinnan was born August 31, 1914, when her parents lived in Volin.  Her parents moved to Grandview, near Chamberlain, where she grew up with her brother Harold, and her sisters Mildred and Caroline. She attended Hopper High School, and then Notre Dame Junior College in 1931.  As was common at the time, she started teaching in rural schools after her first year of college.  She also attended Yankton College before graduating from college in Greeley, CO in 1944.  In 1945, her fiancé, Carl Miller, was in the Navy.  He was going to be in training in Chicago, IL, and wrote asking her if she could come there so they could be married.  They were wed on May 12, 1945.  After his training, he went back to California, and she returned to Gayville, his hometown.  Her family had moved to Gayville from Brule County some years before, so they were surrounded by family. She moved in with her parents while she looked for land for them to farm when he was mustered out.  Since he was still in the service, his neighbors had a plowing bee so the farm would be ready in the spring. Margaret substitute taught in the Gayville School, and was active in the Danish Lutheran Church, south of town.  She also was elected to the Yankton County School Board.  Margaret Miller enjoyed traveling throughout the years, visiting family and friends.  She was elated in 1973 when she became a grandmother for the first time – Sarah.  Ben was born in 1982. She is survived by her daughter Marcia Miller (Burt Swan) of Minneapolis, MN, her son Curtis Miller (Joan) of Crystal Lake, IL; her granddaughter Sarah Miller (Nenad Milisavljevic) of Oak Park, IL; her grandson, Benjamin Miller of Charlotte, NC; and her great-granddaughter Claire Milisavljevic. Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Gayville Lutheran Church in Gayville, with burial to follow in the Danish Cemetery Rural Gayville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Donations can be made to the Gayville Lutheran Church. The Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion is handling the arrangements, for online condolences and obituary go to

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