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November 25, 1944 – March 22, 2023

Jeanne Marie Elliott Miller was born on November 25, 1944 and died peacefully and unexpectedly on March 22, 2023 at Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River, Minnesota.

Jeanne married Dave Miller in her hometown of Okauchee, Wisconsin at Saint Joan of Arc Parish on June 18, 1966. They were married for 52 years until his death in 2018. Together, in Fairmont, Minnesota and then Rochester, Minnesota they raised their four children, Kerry Miller Zachman (married to Adam Zachman), Kimberly Miller Lockrem (formerly married to Mike Lockrem), Kathy Miller Link (married to Michael Link), and Michael Miller (married to Kari Hyatt Miller). Jeanne’s beloved grandchildren include Andie, Jay, and Sadie Zachman, Anna and Ryan Lockrem, and Harlowe Miller.

The most important thing in this world to Jeanne was family. She was from a family of six children, and often pointed out that she was in fact the oldest. She was a proud and devoted sister. Her siblings include Kathe Draeger, the late Terry Elliott (Rose Elliott), Todd Elliott (Susie Elliott), Laura Simonis (Joe Simonis), and Beth Wosick (Mike Wosick). Also dear to Jeanne were many nieces and nephews and their families, and family friends. Jeanne would want a loving shout out to all the nieces and nephews: Matt, Haley, Jim, Jeff, Greg, Rick, Theresa, Lindsey, Annie, Lauren, Adam, Milissa, Jessica, Katie, Dani, and Courtney, as well as their families.

Jeanne is preceded in death by her husband Dave Miller, her cherished dog Ebby, her parents Moose and Jeanne Elliott, her brother Terry Elliott, and her niece Emily Wosick, as well as many pets over the years including Chelsea, Missy, Cubby, Mac, Yenta, and JoJo. Jeanne’s surviving cat is Echo who lives with Kim.

Jeanne is remembered for her love for and commitment to her family, sometimes against what seemed like impossible odds. Jeanne never met a stranger, and this includes all people and animals.  Jeanne strived to help other people in her career as a chemical dependency counselor for The Gables and co-owner of Common Ground, in Rochester, MN, especially women.

A special thank you to the staff at Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River, Minnesota and the entire extended Zachman family. They showered Jeanne with love and care when she needed it the most in her life. Jeanne’s children will be forever grateful.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Kerry Zachman, 13125 Arthur Street, Rogers, MN 55374. The money will be used for extra interment expenses to fulfill Jeanne’s wish of burial of her remains at Saint Joan of Arc Cemetery in Okauchee, Wisconsin.

I’m There Inside Your Heart – Anonymous

Right now I’m in a different place
And though we seem far apart
I’m closer than I ever was…
I’m there inside your heart

I’m with you when you greet each day
And when the sun shines bright
I’m there to share the sunsets, too…
I’m with you every night

I’m with you when the times are good,
To share a laugh or two,
And if a tear should start to fall…
I’ll still be there for you.

And when the day arrives
That we no longer are apart
I’ll smile and hold you close to me…
Forever in my heart.

9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mary Zachman

    Jeanne will be missed, especially by her grandchildren. She loved to talk about them and how proud of them she was. She said many times that all of them will do great things in lifetimes! She loved to paint in these last years and she had a touch for the colors. I believe that was from all her needlepointing and knitting. She was a kind and loving person to everyone she meet. I will miss and love you Jeanne.

  2. Todd Elliott

    As Jeanne reminded us, she was the eldest child of Moose and Jean and will be missed. She was always a kind and loving person and never had anything bad to say about anyone,
    RIP Jean

  3. Colleen and Jerry Milz

    I especially remember the special times Our N squad had together talking about “ our boys” at Lourdes
    Jeanne was a special friend and a person I always looked up to
    Sympathy to you Mike and all your siblings and families
    The Milz Family

  4. Kathe Draeger

    Rest in peacedear sister. Thanks for paving the way for your brothers and sisters. The road was hard at times and full of joy. In my heart forever💕

  5. Anonymous

    On July 14 1989 Jeanne touched my life in a way no other person had been able too. She would accept nothing but complete surrender to my disease that she help so many escape. Every year on that day I called to thank her and she would never accept any credit for her contribution. On the 20th anniversary of that day she gave me my anniversary cake and reminded me I was a miracle. God may have done it but he passed it through the words she spoke. I spent many hours at her and Dave’s kitchen table, living life. I can think of no other person who loved me so unconditionally as she and Dave did.

  6. Kathe Draeger

    Rest in peace dear sister.thanks for paving the way for your brothers and sisters. It was sometimes hard but full of joy. In my heart forever.

  7. Keith & Barb Wipf

    Kim and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and praying for strength, comfort and peace for you during this difficult time. She will always be a part of you and be in your heart.

  8. Nancy & Rip Van Winkle

    Rip & I will always cherish our great friendship we had with Jeanne & David. So many fun times. Those memories will be forever with us. Jeanne was a caring loving person. Will miss you dear friend ❤️🙏


    Jeanne was always a great friend when she lived here in Rochester (as was her hubby. Dave), I am so saddened to see she passed away. I am saying extra prayers for her family, so sorry I wasn’t able to come to her service (found out too late). God bless her family during this sad time.


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