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Darlene Miller

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Darlene K. Miller, age 70, of New Hampton, IA passed away at home on Saturday, August 20, 2022 with her family by her side. Funeral Services for Darlene will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday August 29, 2022 at Prairie Lakes Church in New Hampton, IA with Cory Orr officiating the service. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM Sunday, August 28, 2022 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral service on Monday. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. Darlene K was born November 29, 1951, the daughter of Clifford and Onalee (Galli) Brown in Cedar Rapids, IA. She attended and graduated from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. After completing her education, Darlene worked as a swim instructor at the YMCA. She welcomed her children Shane in 1971 and Tonya in 1973. Darlene continued to care for her children. On February 24, 1978, she met the love of her life, Greg Miller at Your Place or Mine in Reinbeck, IA. After 3 days, Darlene was asked to "lock horns" with her new beau. The couple were united in marriage on August 19, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, IA. The family made their home in Reinbeck. Through various career changes, the family finally settled in New Hampton, IA in 1988. Darlene and Greg worked together raising pigs northwest of town, and moved into town after a number of years. Side by side, they took over management of the Northeast Iowa Swine Improvement Center. In 1991, the family settled at their current location south of town. Darlene worked at Mr. Z's restaurant in Bassett, IA, Great Plays Daycare and made an impact on everyone's life that she crossed paths with. Many of them will remember Darlene for her automatic answer when asked how she was doing, "I'm blessed and highly favored." Darlene eventually developed a condition which cost her the majority of her vision and was approached by Gerald Johnson of the New Hampton Lions Club with an opportunity to work with a service dog, "Tages." Darlene and Tages were an exceptional team for 14 years. During that period of time, Darlene was diagnosed with breast cancer and numerous other health conditions. Her positive attitude and strong faith helped her fight through her 22 year battle with cancer. She was able, however, to have opportunities to spend time with her friends, family and loved ones. She thoroughly, enjoyed traveling, camping and quilt making. Darlene took her last trip in December of 2021 to Branson, MO, returning home to New Hampton until she was welcomed by God into Heaven August 20th with her family around her. Those left to cherish Darlene's memory are her husband, Greg Miller of New Hampton; her children, Shane Burns of Cedar Rapids, IA and Tonya Burke of New Hampton, IA; her grandchildren, Jade (Bronson Schoonover) Halvorson of Fredericksburg, IA, Tanisha Theis of New Hampton, IA, Kody (Savannah Hauglum) Bill of Riceville, IA and Kolton Bill of Riceville, IA; one great grandchild and another on the way; her sister, Janice (Dennis) Meyers of Cedar Rapids, IA; her brother, Leslie (Joni) Untiedt of Moberly, MO and several extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; her three brothers, Keith, Melvin and John; and one sister, Pam.

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  1. Darlene never gave up, no matter what was sent her way. Our sympathy and prayers to Greg and the entire family. RIP Darlene.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Darlene! She was such a sweet lady and always knew my voice when I was around. She was always cheerful no matter her health. Thinking of you all! May she rest in eternal peace.

  3. Tonya, you have my deepest sympathy. Your mom fought hard and now is in peace. Prayers to you and your entire family 🙏

  4. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Conway-Markham Funeral Home – New Hampton

  5. Darelene meant the world to me and was very special to me and a Mom figure to me.She was in my weddiing and was a Beautiful bridesmaid.She would call me every night and we’d talk for at least two hours on the phone about everything from how r days was to about Cooper and about Kemo and Dr appointments.She luved coming down to the lake we’re lived and going for a ride on r pontoon and then haveing a cook out.I sure do miss r long phone calls every nght.I know ur up there watching over all of us and dancing with the angels.R.I.P luv u

  6. Darlene was such a loving, kind and strong lady. May she rest in peace. She will be missed by many.

  7. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  8. Sending sincere condolences to Darlenes family! I remember her as such a positive lady and may she rest in peace.

  9. We send our sincere condolences to Greg and family. Darlene was one of kind. One fun and faithful lady.

  10. Auntie was by far the best around!. She lived everyone and was beyond kind. I remember visiting on multiple occasions, one where she let me help her make homemade from scratch macaroni and cheese! Then when I was old enough I bought my kids to introduce them she loved them even more! Beyond blessed they all got to meet her. Love yall

  11. Janice and Family I am so sorry to here of Darlenes passing, but I know where she is, with her Lord and savior Jesus Christ, and that gives me comfort knowing that I will see her again . Darlene was a great friend to me, even though we lost touch over the years I will always remember her smile. Her sense of humor and her positive outlook on life no matter how bad life was for her. See you again Darlene, your long time friend. Brenda

  12. Greg and family we are so sorry for the loss of Darlene. Yous are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Darlene. The Paul Knoll Family

  13. My sincere sympathy and prayers for all the family,. Darlene was a very special friend to Jack and I. Rest in peace. Darlene,

  14. When I worked @ Fareway, Darlene was, hands down, one of my favorite people to visit with. I am truly sorry to hear of her passing..she is, simply, a beautiful lady inside and out. God Bless.

  15. Greg and Family, no one loved her like you. Her love and memories will bless you always. Thinking of you.

  16. Our sympathy to Greg and all of Darlenes family. She was such an outgoing, bubbly person. So sorry for your loss.

  17. Deepest sympathy to everyone. Im sorry that I am just learning about the passing of Darlene now. I hope that the memories and happy moments help you deal with your loss.

  18. Greg, I was so impressed by your devotion to Darlene- and the other way around. I will always remember accompanying her on that bus trip to Branson and how she relished every minute with gusto! It was also good to see the bond she and her service dog Tages had. Darlene will be missed.

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