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Shirley Miner

April 22, 1930 — September 29, 2020

A graveside service for Shirley Miner, age 90, of Arnolds Park will be held Monday, October 5, 2020 at 1:00PM at Oak Hill Cemetery in Estherville. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 4th from 2:00-4:00PM at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake.

Shirley Mae Miner, 90, of Okoboji, IA, passed away on September 29, 2020 in her home surrounded by family.

She was born in Webb, Iowa on April, 22, 1930 to Edna and Elmer Oleson. She graduated from Milford High School with the class of 1947 and went on to pursue her teaching degree from Iowa State Teachers College, known today as University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and attended summer school in Greely, CO. She was married to Eldon Charles Miner on April 18, 1954 in Estherville, IA.

She taught second grade in Spirit Lake, IA for a year and then moved to Estherville, IA and taught second grade for two years. She left teaching full time to raise her 4 children but continued teaching preschool part time as well as teaching the GED programs at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville and Emmetsburg, IA. In her later years, she worked as a teachers aid in Gruver, IA. Her teaching overflowed into her home life with her children and grandchildren, where she came up with "silly" ways to remember a certain math equation or quirky off the wall ways to remember certain things. Music was always a passion of hers, and talented at it she was, with the voice of an angel! She enjoyed spending as much time during the summer months down on her dock, either in the water or working on her tan. She loved nothing more than spending time with and spoiling her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. There was never a shortage of cookies, gum, or licorice (and of course, love)! She had such a positive/upbeat outlook on life, her sense of humor was one of a kind; love just radiated out of her.

She is preceded in death by: her parents, Edna and Elmer Oleson; Husband, Eldon Miner, Mother-in-Law, Lydia Miner, and Brother, Norman Oleson.

Shirley is survived by her four children: Kay (Wes) Enderson; Shari (Dennis) Leach; Craig (Deb) Miner; and Doug (Lois) Miner. Thirteen grandchildren: Boston (Lexi) Miner; Shannon Bonnicksen; Brock (Kandice) Bonnicksen; Blake (Brittany) Bonnicksen; Keaton Leach; Chad Miner; Jessica Miner; Travis Miner; Dillon (Nikki) Miner; Derrick Miner; Dustin Miner; Doug Miner; and Ashley Miner. Ten great-grandchildren: Hunter Miner; Landon Miner; Cayden Loerzel; Cylee Loerzel; Kelli Bonnicksen; Blakely Bonnicksen; Eden Miner; Mia Mathes; Josee Miner; and Shyloh Miner. One great-great-grandchild, Ryder Miner.

She was a huge part of many lives and will be greatly missed by all.
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