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Obituary: Vivian M. Miller

 Vivian M. Miller

Vivian M. Miller

Vivian M. Miller, age 81, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away peacefully surrounded by her husband and six children on March 24, 2017. She was born on April 23, 1935, to Elmer and Pearl (Struble) Eckerman on their farm in Early, Iowa.

She grew up in Early and after graduating from high school, she married the love of her life, Elmer Miller from Schaller, Iowa, on June 1, 1954, in Early. Vivian and Elmer lived in Schaller and Storm Lake, Iowa, before moving to Phoenix in 1958 with their first three children. Their last three children were born in Arizona.

She was in real estate for 19 years, retiring in April 1997. She owned her own business, Heart and Home Realty. She loved cooking, sewing, interior decorating, making porcelain dolls and decorating eggs, in which she was very talented. Family was most important to her.

In 2007, Vivian and Elmer moved to Prescott, Arizona, where she was a volunteer for St. Vincent DePaul Sacred Heart Conference for 10 years. Vivian is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Elmer; children Mark (Kitti), Cyndi Slay (Mike), Mike (Tina), Tim (Diane), Tami Schmitt (Paul) and Cathy Clark (Terry); 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and brother Tom Eckerman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Romane, Sid, Clair Eckerman; sister, Nancy Eslick; and great-granddaughter Jubilee Weber.

Visitation is on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Queen of Heaven Catholic Funeral Home, 1562 E. Baseline Road, Mesa, Arizona, from 10 to 11 a.m. with Rosary at 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 440 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert, Arizona.

Burial will follow at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 1562 E. Baseline Road, Mesa.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent DePaul. Condolences may be made at

Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Catholic Funeral Home, Mesa, Arizona.

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