Carol Jean (Barkhurst) Miller, 79, passed away peacefully Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Bird House, Hospice Home of Johnson County.
Visitation will be held at the First Church United in West Liberty on Thursday, August 3rd, from 4-7 pm. Funeral services will be at the church Friday, August 4th at 10:30 am, with interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery in West Liberty. A luncheon will follow at First Church United in the Fellowship Hall. The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the First Church United, Iowa City Hospice and the Bird House, Johnson County Hospice Home.
Carol was born September 6, 1937 in Iowa City, Iowa to Harold and Ruth (Rockafellow) Barkhurst. She graduated from West Liberty High School in 1955. She attended secretarial school in California in 1957 and later on November 30, 1957, she married Tom L. Roberts of West Liberty. They later divorced.
Carol married Fred W. Miller on October 22, 1979. They lived in the West Liberty area for the next 38 years. You could always find Carol involved with activities at First church United and yearly at the church stand during the West Liberty Fair. She loved being a part of the Covenant Singers for 10 years.
She enjoyed the Kent Feed trips and boat cruises with Fred on the Mississippi River. Carol loved to travel with Fred and their many trips included Hawaii, Bahamas, Canada, Europe, and West on a Wagon Train Trail. Carol also enjoyed taking her grandchildren to performances at Hancher Auditorium. You could find Carol at the Band, Choir, or Sports events that her grandchildren participated in at West Liberty Schools. Carol worked as a legal secretary in West Liberty for Attorney's Keele and Keele for many years while working evenings at Louis Rich Foods. She also worked during tax season for Randy Pogenmiller, Joan Keuning and Barclay Law Office.
Carol is survived by her children, Melody (Curt) Klusmeyer, of Janesville, Wis; Brian Roberts of Muscatine., Step-children, Rhonda( Ron) Jensen, West Liberty; Bruce (Sue) Miller, Muscatine, and Larry Miller of West Liberty; Her four grandchildren, are Dustin (Katherine) Brooks, West Liberty, Megan (Jens) Zalzala, West Liberty, Wade Jensen, Brooklyn, New York, and Kirsten Jensen of West Liberty and five great grandchildren include Ty, Cale, Kaden Brooks and Jolene and Malachi Zalzala, all of West Liberty. Carol has a sister Wanda (Wayne) Jarrard of West Liberty, a brother, Kenneth (Diane) Barkhurst of Huntley, Illinois, a sister in law, Kay Hart, of the Quad Cities. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, and husband, Fred.