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Bonnie June Miller
June 29, 1928 ~ June 18, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Bonnie June Miller of Crete, NE, Formally of Friend, NE, passed away on June 18, 2023, at Tabitha Nursing Home in Crete, at the age of 94 years, 11 months, and 20 days. She was born on June 29, 1928, in Milford, NE, to Clarence and Ivy (Howard) Smith, the oldest of seven children. She was united in marriage to Howard D. Miller on November 27, 1947, and in 2022 they celebrated 75 years together. Randall Ray and Jeanne Lavonne were chosen to complete their family. In the early years Howard and Bonnie made their home on the farm near Friend, NE, but soon moved into town where they resided for 60 years. As a young girl Bonnie took a few piano lessons but was mostly self – taught. She carried her love of playing the piano all her life. Most notably, Bonnie and Margaret Ackerman played the piano and organ together for over 50 years at the Assembly of God Church in Milford and at weddings, funerals, and area nursing homes. Bonnie was the family cheerleader. Whether it be at Howard’s side for business, first Miller Fertilizer then Friend Agri Sales, or at her children’s and then grandchildren’s activities. Bonnie was there dressed to the nines with hair, makeup, and nails to match. This couldn’t happen without her love of shopping! Oh how she loved those great department stores that were in Downtown Lincoln… Thank goodness Von Maur came along.
Bonnie is survived by her husband: Howard Miller, Crete, NE; Son & Daughter -in- law: Randy & Barb Miller, Friend, NE; Daughter & Son -in – law: Jeanne & Jeff Stutzman, Friend, NE; Grandchildren: Jessica & Adam Roth, Milford, NE, Jordan & Kaily Stutzman, Milford; Jonathan Stutzman, Milford; Luke Miller, Milford; Abrianna Miller, Lincoln, NE; Great Grandchildren: Jailey, Ashtyn, and Jillian Roth, Milford; Trevor Roach, Geneva, NE, Chandler, Penelope and Aria Stutzman, Milford.
Preceded in death by her parents, brothers, sisters: Donald “Dusty” Blake, Duane D Smith, Ruth Blakkolb, LeRoy Smith, Oris R Smith, Janice K Patterson; Granddaughter: Jill Stutzman, baby Jill Nicole Stutzman.
Visitation at the Friend Funeral Home starts Friday, June 23, from 2 - 8pm with family greeting and receiving relatives and friends from 5-7pm.
Celebration of Life Services takes place on Saturday, June 24, at 11:00 am. @ the Friend Christian Assembly Church.
Private Family Graveside at the Pleasant View Cemetery, rural Milford.
The Celebration of Life will be livestreamed via Facebook. Please visit the Lauber Funeral and Cremation Services Facebook page to tune in.
There will be no viewing held at the church.
Memorials are to be given to Nebraska Children's Home Society, or The People's City Mission