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Karen Coleen Kinnamon Miller was born Dec 28, 1939, to Jack and Faith Adams Kinnamon of Centerville IA. Growing up in the Milton IA area, she graduated from high school. Karen married Bill Owens in 1959, divorcing in 1969. To this union a son, Matthew, was born.
Karen worked in Davis County IA Extension Office and Larry at Davis County Savings Bank. She married Larry Miller of Bloomfield IA on May 20, 1972. Combining two families, Karen’s son, Matthew, and Larry’s daughters, Susan and Shelly, they lived on a farm just north of Bloomfield. After the birth of their son, Maury, they moved to a farm near Baring MO. Karen was wife, mother, cook, bookkeeper, bovine midwife, errand girl, as well as substitute truck/tractor driver. They owned/operated in partnership 2700 acres, 500 head of cattle and a Farm Real Estate business until ‘87. Asking what she raised brought the reply, “Corn, Beans, Alfalfa, Husband, Kids and Cattle. If anyone brings home chickens, hogs or milk cows, someone was leaving and they were looking at her.”
In ‘87, the Miller’s relocated to Fort Collins CO. Karen worked as an Executive Assistant until going into Real Estate assisting Larry in their business “Surelook Homes & Land Realty” until ‘99. Selling their home, they purchased a motor home in which they lived for the next seven years. At this time they started Miller’s RV Interior Trim, Inc. They invented and patented The Amazing Magic Table. In ‘05, after many miles, friends and countless memories, Karen was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Due to her deteriorating health, they purchased a home in Loveland CO in ’06. For more than seven years she said, “In ‘06, doctors gave me two weeks to live, but they didn’t say which two weeks of which year. So here I am.”
Survivors are husband Larry; sons Matthew and Maury; daughters, Susan Jimenez and Shelly Wagner; 15 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two brothers Bryan(OH) and Mike Kinnamon(IA); many nieces and nephews.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Linda Drake.
Her favorite donation to the community was Karen/Larry’s Model A Roadster with Mr/Mrs Santa Claus. With Karen’s love of God and Children, the family has requested memorials be made to the Foundations Church Building Fund for use in equipping the nursery and children’s worship facility. Her fight for years to live has set an example of how not to give up’ but to enjoy life even in the face of severe circumstances.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, 1:00 P.M. at Southgate Church at the corner of Trilby and highway 287, Fort Collins. Go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com for condolences.