Edna Miller

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Edna Miller1/25/1992
Services for Edna Frances Hem, 88, of Knoxville, who passed away Jan. 25, 1992, were held Jan. 28 at Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville.

Burial was in Lincoln Cemetery in Marion County.

Rev. K. Wayne Hoehns officiated at the services. Music was provided by organist Darlene Mooberry and vocalist James Kidder.

Casketbearers were Richard Cushman, Clifford Hicks, David Hicks, Roy McCullough, Al Salisbury, Richard Sullivan, Dean Taggart and Todd Youngberg.

Edna Frances Miller Hem was born on March 23, 1903 in Marion County. She was the daughter of Newton F. and Candice (Marsh) Miller.

Edna attended Knoxville Public Schools and graduated from high school in 1921. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from ISU in 1925. While there, Edna became a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.

From 1925 to 1940, she taught vocational homemaking. She had taught in Greenfield for two years. For 13 years, she taught in Illinois at Downer's Grove, Freeport, Richmond and McHenry.

In 1940, Edna joined the staff of Farmer's Home Administration with' offices in Bloomfield.

On April 2, 1943, she married Earl R. Hem in Bloomfield. She remained in Bloomfield until her husband's death in 1953.

Edna later returned to Northern Illinois University in DelKalb to prepare to become a public librarian. She became an assistant librarian in Woodstock, Ill, before receiving employment as head librarian at the Delos Diggins Library in Harvard, Ill.

When Edna retired in 1967, she moved back to Knoxville. Until recent years, she had been active as a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Marion County Historical Society.

She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Friendship Chapter, Number 46, Bloomfield, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Ruby Gose and Ruth Ryan and two brothers, Leon and Robert Miller.

Surviving are her sister-in-law, Esther Miller of Knoxville; three nieces, Marilee Hicks of Indianola, Elizabeth Youngberg of West Des Moines, Eleanor Salisbury of Northfield, Minn.; one nephew, Arvid Gose of Baltimore, Maryland; one cousin, and several great-nieces and nephews.