Vigen Memorial Home obituary – Phyllis Rosamond Miller, 94, Keokuk


Phyllis Rosamond Miller, 94 of Keokuk, IA died Sunday, November 4, 2018 at her home in Keokuk.
She was born July 30, 1924 in Walla Walla, WA the daughter of Casey Howard and Clara Bell Fry Ferris. Phyllis was first united in marriage to Jack Cullens on March 23, 1943 in Oregon. He was killed-in- action on June 6, 1944. She then married Harry Breakbill on September 1, 1945. He preceded her in death on December 24, 1968. Phyllis was later was united marriage to Harold K. Miller on February 2, 1971. He preceded her in death on March 23, 1997.
Phyllis was a veteran of the United States Women’s Army Corp (WAC) and proudly served her country during World War II as a surgical nurse.
Phyllis received her GED and then completed the Dale Carnegie Course and the master gardener program.
She had been employed by Dreydens/Shellor Globe in Keokuk for thirty-five years until her retirement in 1986.
She is a member of the American Legion Post #41 and served in the honor guard also carried flags in various patriotic ceremonies. She was also a member and past president of the Southside Boat Club in Keokuk, the Keokuk Business and Professional Women Association and had served on the Keokuk Park Board. She volunteered her green thumb and gardening knowledge with the Keokuk Garden Club for several years as a master gardener in both Iowa and Illinois.
Phyllis enjoyed traveling and had been to all 50 states and several foreign countries.
She is survived by two daughters, Camellia LeMaster (John) of Keokuk and Gloria Naqvi of Keokuk, five grandchildren, Robert Myers, David Myers, Chris LeMaster (Sundae), Neil LeMaster (Stephanie) and Melina Atterberg (Bill), eight great-grandchildren, Shasta, T.J., Amber, Daniel, Alisha, Trenton, Angelica-Christian and two great-great-grandchildren, Tyler Myers and Andrew Sturms.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Hilda Guieca and Irene Adams.
A graveside service with military rites will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, at the Keokuk National Cemetery in Keokuk, IA with Father Robert Lathrop officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the City of Keokuk for the care of the Rand Park flower gardens.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

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