Sister Jeanne Mary Miller, BVM, 86, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023.
Visitation of cremated remains will be from 9-9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, in the Mary Frances Clarke Chapel at Mount Carmel Bluffs. Sharing of Memories will be at 9:30 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.
She was born on Nov. 22, 1936, in Seattle to John and Helen (Grummett) Miller. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1955, from St. Charles Parish, North Hollywood, Calif. She professed first vows on Feb. 3, 1958, and final vows on July 16, 1963.
Sister Jeanne Mary served as an elementary teacher at Iowa City Catholic and volunteered at Regina Education Center, both in Iowa City, Iowa. She also was an elementary teacher at Holy Name in Chicago; St. Odilo in Berwyn, Ill.; Holy Cross in Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii. She ministered as a religion teacher and director of ministries at Our Lady of Lourdes in Tujunga, Calif.
“A photo of Jeanne Mary posted. . . on Facebook. . . created a flood of comments calling Jeanne Mary ‘an amazing teacher,’ ‘a wonderful person,’ ‘a generous soul,’ and ‘one of the most patient, positive, and dedicated people I know.’ [One former student wrote,] ‘Sister Jeanne Mary taught me so many things . . .the value of hard work, the joy of learning, and how to play the ukulele. . . She was energetic, passionate, and a fantastic role model. She made us work hard and like it! She is the reason I wanted to be a teacher.’” (Eulogy).
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Nancy Borges, and a brother Michael (Shirley) Miller. She is survived by a brother Mark (Linda) Miller, Salem, Va.; a brother-in-law Jerry Borges, Aiea, Hawaii; nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 68 years.
Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or make an online gift.Watch Memorial Mass and Sharing of Memories Download Eulogy Download Sharing of Memories