Pauline LaVon Miller
- September 18, 1922 - April 30, 2012
- Lenox, Iowa
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“I had Pauline Miller for my teacher. She always seemed strict and strong. Because of her, I also tried out and got a small part in the Junior play, a...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Pauline Bennett-Gannon - AK
“Aunt Pauline was always a constant for me. She was my teacher in jr/sr high and a friend whenever I needed one. She will be missed alot.
2 of 9 | Posted by: Marlene Jones - Glenwood, IA
“Pauline was my English teacher until I graduated in 1978; I thoroughly enjoyed her teaching and personality. She instilled a love for grammar to the...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Halligan John - Lenox, IA
“I was a student of Pauline's during high school. She always had a smile on her face. Her classes were interesting and the positive classroom...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Janet Anderson Hudson - Maxwell, IA
“I wish to extend my sincere sympathy to Pauline's family. I first met Pauline as we worked together on a state committee of Delta Kappa Gamma. Over...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Nancy Middaugh - Hamburg, IA
“Dear Mrs. Miller, What an inspiration you were to me and my fellow students. Personally,I have so many memories of all the work, time ,...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Cathy Meier Bagley - nevada, IA
“mrs miller was one of my favorite teachers ,she taught me english lit and also american lit ,my english class was split in half by lunch so during...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: karen camden green - bedford, IA
“I am so sorry to hear that Pauline passed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. I just loss my father 3 months ago and I know its hard to...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Brian R Seil Ender - Frremont , NE
“I am so sorry for your loss of Pauline, your family is in our prayers and our hearts ache for you, may god help you all through your path ahead....Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Lori Brill McKee Green - Austin, TX
Funeral services for Pauline Miller, age 89, of Lenox, who passed away on Monday, April 30, 2012 at Blackhawk Assisted Living in Spring Hill, Kansas. Services will be held Friday, May 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lenox United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held Thursday at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment will be held at the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be given in Pauline's name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.
Pauline LaVon Miller, was born near Conway, Taylor County, Iowa on September 18, 1922, the daughter of John Andrew Hargin and Allice Susan (Chaney) Hargin. She was the oldest of two daughters born to John and Alice. At the age of 13, Pauline lost her mother and had to take on many of the household duties. She started school at a country school and later transferred to town and graduated from Lenox Community School. Pauline loved going to school, going to Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa after high school. After two years at Parsons she was able to get a teaching certificate and start teaching. While at Parsons, Pauline met her first husband Bruce Arnold McKern. This union resulted in her only child, Lana LaVon (McKern) Ramsdell. She lost Bruce during WWII. Moving back to Lenox she started teaching in the Lenox school system. Pauline stayed at the Lenox Hotel while teaching and met second husband Lyle (Pete) Miller, who had a business across the street from the hotel. After her marriage to Pete she returned to college attending Drake University in Des Moines weekends and summers until she obtained her Bachelors in Education. Once again, after ten years of marriage she lost another husband. Being widowed twice she decided she would stay single. She continued taking classes here and there over the years with almost enough credit to get her Masters. Pauline started teaching 5th grade in Lenox and when she retired she was teaching High School English and College Prep classes. Going to Europe with students, family, and friends was one of her favorite times...having gone 18-20 times.
Pauline was active in many outside organizations and clubs; DAR, Delta Kappa Gamma, American Legion Auxiliary, church circle, Eastern Star and several clubs.
As she aged, she became more and more interested in genealogy. She had traced her fathers roots back through several generations and enjoyed discussing with anyone willing to listen. She belonged to several groups and organizations involving genealogy.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, John and Alice Hargin, her sister Geraldine, both husbands, Bruce McKern and Lyle Miller. Survivors: daughter Lana LaVon McKern Ramsdell, Spring Hill, Kansas; grandkids: Janine Gilbert, Irving, Texax; Dayla Ciba, Coconut Creek, Florida; Michaela Ramsdell, Spring Hill, Kansas; Brad Ramsdell, Paola, Kansas. Several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
A special thank you to Good Shepherd hospice nurses that sat with Pauline her last days.
Although Pauline will be greatly missed,
her love and inspiration will live on through her family.