Barb Miller, age 82, of Olivia died Friday, May 3, 2019 at Bethesda Grand in Willmar. A memorial service will be held Monday May 13th at 1:00 p.m. at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia with Rev. Matt Hausken officiating. Burial will be in the Olivia Cemetery. Visitation is Monday, May 13th at the church from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Barbara Jean Miller was born October 8, 1936 in Morton, MN to Herman and Opal (Smith) Dyrssen. Her mother later married Don Reuber who adopted Barb and that changed her name to Reuber. Barb attended school in Hector where she graduated in 1954. After graduation she worked for Prudential Insurance Co. in Minneapolis and then for Ericson Engineering and the Hector Telephone Co. Barb married Bill Miller on September 19, 1970. She was a member of Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church, where she served as church secretary for 28 years, until she retired in 1998. She was a member of the church’s Senior Choir for a number of years, WELCA, Dorcas Circle, Quilting for Missions, and delivered Meals on Wheels for several years. Barb was also a member of the Olivia American Legion Auxiliary for many years. She had enjoyed spending time with family, doing puzzles, Word Search, playing piano, collecting recipes, baking cookies, and cutting/sewing materials for quilting.
Barb is survived by her three sons: Kevin (and Karen) Laffen of Maple Grove, Dan (and Elizabeth) Laffen of Inver Grove Heights, and August LaFeen of Willmar; her two daughters: Diana (and Kevin) Hood of Clara City and Jennifer (and Bill) Virkus of Litchfield; her three step-children: Terry (and Doug) Tauber of Champlin, Kris (and Craig) LeLoux of Olivia, and Todd (and Margo) Miller of Willmar; 11 grandchildren; 8 step grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and her two sisters: Harriet (and Chuck) Einerson of Olivia and Mary (and Allen) Peris of Bird Island. Barb was preceded in death by her parents; her adoptive father; and her husband Bill Miller.
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