Feb. 9, 1924 - Apr. 28, 2014
Jeanne Larson Miller died peacefully in her Willmar home Monday evening, April 28, from cardiac complications that had increased after her 90th birthday.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday afternoon, May 10, 2:00 p.m., in the Willmar Christian Reformed Church, 1708 8th Street SW. (Her body was given to the University of Minnesota Medical School for Research and education.)
Jeanne was born in Rosholt, South Dakota, 9 February 1924, the only child of Rudolph and Edith Larson. Born with dislocated hips (and enduring several hip surgeries over the course of her life), she graduated from Rosholt High School, Moorhead State Teacher's College, Northern Colorado University (Greeley), and Northern Illinois University (DeKalb).
She served as a teacher in elementary education in Murdock, MN and Willmar, Romeoville, IL, and as an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University. Later, she worked as a consultant for a program of gifted education and a consultant for teacher inservice training in the State of Illinois.
Concerning her Christian spiritual life, it began with a special Sunday school teacher when she was in junior high school. When she attended college, joining other students involved in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on campus and at conferences, her interest and involvement in the Christian faith grew.
Jeanne and her husband, Charles, of nearly 49 years, lived in Downers Grove IL before moving to Willmar over eight years ago. At that time she was active in the United Presbyterian Church of Downers Grove with children's and adult ministries, especially a small group Bible study program for adults.
One of Jeanne's gifts was hospitality, and over the years her home became a "meeting place" for Christian student leaders from around the world (especially for those studying at Wheaton College). The main attraction was the monthly prayer meetings that often met there.
After moving to Willmar (in 2005), she and Charles would host some internationals whom they would have visited earlier in their own countries. Also, she was a faithful prayer partner here for friends, neighbors, church folk-plus leading a weekly neighborhood women's Bible study, nearly up to the time of her death.
She lived out her Christian faith daily, despite lifelong physical/walking limitations. She's survived by her husband and some Lindquist and Olson cousins from Spicer/New London area to Larson and Nelson cousins scattered in the midwest region. She is preceded in death by her parents.