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Maxine Miller

Maxine F. Miller, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at her home.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Maxine’s life was held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. A public memorial visitation took place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

It is recommended to utilize masks during the visitation and practice social distancing due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Maxine Fae Tracy was born on June 28, 1935, in Milford, Iowa, to Clifford and Esther (Sonnemaker) Tracy. She attended the Cedar Grove Grade Country School and then Maquoketa High School with the Class of 1953. She married Donald Franklin Miller on Dec. 22, 1951, in rural Baldwin, Iowa. Three children were born to this union, Joyce, Stephen and Tracy.

Maxine was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the Maquoketa area for many years. In earlier years, she had worked at area restaurants and at the sale barn.

Maxine was a member of the East Iron Hill Community Church and the East Iron Hill Church Ladies Aid. She enjoyed being a part of the Class of 1953 luncheons. Additionally, she enjoyed gardening, canning, picking berries, and sewing. She loved to bake and was known by many for her homemade pies and bread.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Joyce (Kim) Richardson of Pelican Lakes, MN, and Tracy (Keith) Nims of Davenport, IA; 7 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Delores DeLarm of Wyoming, IA, and Shirley (Keith) Crow of Amery, WI; and brothers, Mark (Nettie) Tracy of Onslow, IA, Jerry (Jan) Tracy of Hazel Green, WI and Burt (Rosemary) Tracy of Wyoming, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald on Sept. 1, 2018, brothers Carlyle and Darryl Tracy, a sister Leona Soppe, a son Stephen Miller on June 13, 2020, and a daughter-in-law Barbara Miller on Aug. 27, 2020.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Jackson County and her special caregivers.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Maxine F. Miller memorial fund has been established.

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