Mary Lou Miller

  • Born: December 24, 1931
  • Died: February 28, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Lou Miller, 87 of Ankeny, IA died Thursday, February 28th, 2019 after a brief battle with lung cancer.

A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the Mass.

Mary Lou was born December 24th, 1931 to Joseph and Julie Untrauer, who in 1921 immigrated to America from France. She was the only daughter, and youngest of six children.

Mary Lou graduated from Nevada High School in 1949. She then attended Iowa State University and shortly thereafter married James P. Miller of Melbourne, IA. Together they raised five children, four boys and one girl.

Once their youngest son started school, Jim and Mary opened the Pet Ranch of America, a franchise owned and operated solely by veterinarians. Mary operated the Pet Ranch for 37 years before retiring. She thoroughly enjoyed her pet store years and truly appreciated her customers, who at times were more like family.

Mary Lou enjoyed getting together with old friends from school and playing poker with some local ladies. She was a member of Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church and a member of Catholic Daughters.

Mary Lou is survived by her children Raymond/Peg Miller of Texas, Greg/Deb
Miller of Ankeny, Paula/Johnny Stinson of Ankeny, and Rob Miller of Des Moines, as well as ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband Dr. James P. Miller, son Steven Miller, and her brothers Fred, Roger, Art, and Richard Untrauer.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I always enjoyed my visits with Mary. Her smile was contagious as well as her
laugh. She helped me thru the loss of my Mother just by being herself. My sincere sympathy to all of you.c.

Posted by Carole Jackson - Des Moines, IA - Friend   March 07, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed knowing Mary Lou and enjoyed our card games.

Posted by Joyce Howe - Ankeny, IA   March 03, 2019

Posted by Joyce Howe - Ankeny, IA   March 03, 2019

Sorry for your loss. Steve and myself met Mary through Bertha Perry as they were close friends. ❤ Sending prayers for the family

Posted by Lola Perry - Polk City, IA   March 03, 2019

What a wonderful lady Mary was. Good friend to our family too. We send our prayers to all the family. Lots of great memories.
Sylvia & Steve Perry

Posted by A friend   March 03, 2019

So Sorry to hear of Mary Lou's passing, I have so many wonderful memories of our times with the Miller family when I was growing up! Visits to Clear Lake, visits to Ankeny, lunches out with Mary-Lou and Mom or visits to her house!!
I know she was a wonderful lady and will be missed by many! My thoughts are with you all during this sad time! Love and hugs,
Vicki Petersma Hill

Posted by Vicki Hill - MountJoy, PA - Family Friend   March 02, 2019

Have grown up and knew the family well!! she was such a wonderful person who would do anything for anyone!! she loved animals and loved all her kids very much, I am so sorry for the families loss and may she rest in peace!!

Posted by Mark Cowart - Ankeny, IA - Friend   March 02, 2019