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“I am praying for all Meredith's family, and sending my sincerest condolences. I knew Meredith all the way back to elementary school and have great...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Andrew Morris - Overland Park, KS

“To Meredith's family - I wanted to send my sympathies to you and your family on your loss of Meredith. As I am not able to attend the services today,...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Jamie Jones - Classmate

“Love, strength and prayers sent to your family during this time. Mere will always be remembered as a beautiful soul inside and out! Her smile lives...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Crystal Harrison - Ankeny, IA

“I have very fond memories of Meredith as a student in my 4th grade class at East Elementary. The vision of this sweet, friendly girl is vivid in my...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Martinson-McMurry - Ankeny, IA

“You are one of my special, always close to my heart families, from East Elementary. I find it difficult to imagine what you all are enduring, but...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Joyce Seifert - Adel, IA - Friend

“I think so much about your family and such a loss. You mean a lot to me Becky and how important you have been in my Christian journey. So saddened...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Linda Oxenford - Ankeny, IA

“I am so thankful to have known Meredith. She built welcoming environments, an aspiration for me, and she is one who inspires this. I benefitted...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Chris Anderson - Ames, IA

“Becky, there are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. May your strong faith carry you through this time and in the days ahead. Prayers...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Ruth Seward - Johnson Lake, NE

“Megan and family - I am truly sorry for the loss of your sister. I did not know Meredith but do know loss and wish you peace and prayer at this...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Judy Detrick - Des Moines, IA

“This tragic news has weighed heavily on my heart and mind after a friend shared this with me. I have continually prayed for your family and friends...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“Darren,Sofia,Annabelle,Jennings and Miller family our sincere condolences and prayers for your family. May God lay a healing hand on you and wrap you...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Brenda & Steve Pickle - Marana, AZ

“I am truly saddened by the loss of Meredith. She was my hair stylist and also my friend. She lite up the room when she walked in to greet me for my...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Pink - Ames, IA

“So sorry to hear of Meredith's passing. She was a caring and talented cosmetologist with whom I enjoyed many delightful appointments. We spoke often...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Stacy Dobernecker - Nevada, IA

“Our hearts go out to the whole family at this time of sorrow. We pray you will feel the loving arms of God holding you and that your beautiful...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Sandy & Gary Fortney - Muscatine, IA

“Our hearts break for you over the tragic loss of your beautiful Meredith. Meredith was our hair stylist first and quickly became our friend for life!...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: John and Chris Winter - Boone, IA

“So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family in this tragic time. ”
16 of 29 | Posted by: Jennifer (Reich) Karls - IL

“My heart goes out to all of Meredith's loved ones. God definitely gained another angel, may you all find comfort during this difficult time. ”
17 of 29 | Posted by: Mandi Fallis Calkins - DSM, IA

“Thinking of Meredith's family, friends, and Finesse Gals. May you remember her laugh, smiles, and genuine spirit. Her beauty inside and out is...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Elicia Watson - Polk City, IA

“A bright light to and an incredible spirit. She brought joy to all who were blessed to have known her. ”
19 of 29 | Posted by: Amie Svec - Evanston, IL - Friend

“My prayers are will the Miller and Jennings family. May God comfort you in this time. ”
20 of 29 | Posted by: Heather Neuroth - Ankeny, IA

Jessi & Meredith
21 of 29 | Posted by: Jessi Keenan

Class Reunion she happily volunteered to make Mark Pateros MARCOS Grilled Cheese to sober us all up!!!
22 of 29 | Posted by: Jessi Keenan

23 of 29 | Posted by: Jessi Keenan

“Love you Meredith. "Heaven Exists in the Hearts of those who have Loved You"..... ”
24 of 29 | Posted by: Jessi Keenan - Los Angeles, CA

“Thoughts and prayers go out to Meredith's family. I just learned of this sad sad news. ”
25 of 29 | Posted by: Mark Lahvic - Ames, IA

26 of 29 | Posted by: Tom & Dena Schliesman - MUSCATINE, IA

27 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

28 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

29 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

Meredith Rebekah (Jennings) Miller, 43, of Ankeny, Iowa passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Meredith was born on October 27, 1976 in Des Moines, Iowa to Riccard and Becky Jennings of Ankeny. Meredith loved her hometown and enjoyed her neighborhood playmates as a child, and later on her many lifelong friends from dance, cheerleading, youth group and marching band. She graduated from Ankeny High School in 1995, and followed in her mother's footsteps entering PCI cosmetology school in Ames, where she came back to teach as well; she began her career at Finesse Spa Salon, the same salon where her mother had worked, and later became a proud co-owner. She was instrumental in growing the business into one of the most successful salons in the country, ranking on the Top 200 Salons list and receiving multiple recognitions with REDKEN International, at national hair shows, and even a feature with In Style Magazine. Meredith loved her profession and tirelessly cared for her clients and employees.

Meredith met her husband Darrin at her cousin's wedding and married on July 3, 1999 in Ames, Iowa. They returned to Ankeny where they grew their family, joyfully welcoming daughters Sofia and Annabelle. She adored her daughters and loved being their mother, always planning fun trips, meals and parties for her family. Meredith was a devoted wife and mother, a loving sister, daughter, aunt and an incredibly loyal friend. She was the rock of her family and the glue that held us all together. She was full of energy, confidence, high moral values, integrity, empathy; and had a genuine sense of compassion that warmed those around her. Meredith took care of the people in her life. She anticipated the needs of others and was there in a moment's notice anytime she thought she could help. She met life's challenges with style, practicality and humor, and always approached life through "rose colored glasses" - no matter what. She lived life to the fullest in all she did, from travels around the world, many biking adventures, neighborhood bonfires, and dinner parties. It is hard for those of us who loved her to imagine a world without her confidence, beauty and strength. Her family and friends were blessed to have had her and will miss her very much. They know that Meredith's strength came from her faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and have peace knowing Meredith is absent from the body but present with our Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven.

Meredith is survived by her husband, Darrin Miller; their two daughters, Sofia (15) and Annabelle (12); her parents, Riccard and Becky Jennings of Ankeny; her sisters, Megan (Jennings) Ruble (and Haley) of Ankeny, Leah Jennings and Ivan Escalona (Leo and Beatrice) of Ankeny, and Precious Jennings of Chicago, Illinois; her parents-in-law, Bob and Connie Miller of Muscatine; brothers-in-law, Jeff and Sally Miller (Cole, Mallory, Kaylie, Paige) of Muscatine, and Carey and Nicole Miller (Elsie, Emma) of Tucson, Arizona; sister-in-law, Susan and Jeff Thiede (Benjamin, Parker, Joe) of Edina, MN; and many cousins, extended family, and friends.

Meredith was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Melvin and Jeanette Derynck of Tipton, Iowa; her paternal grandparents, Forest Jennings, Tipton and Hazel Hodson Brown of Fallon, Nevada.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 30 at the Ankeny First United Methodist Church – Christian Life Center (710 NE 36th Street, Ankeny, Iowa 50021). A visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 PM on Sunday, December 29 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider donating to causes Meredith was passionate about. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ( was a cause dear to Meredith as she was personally diagnosed with Type I Diabetes earlier this year. She spent a great deal of time and effort educating the community and helping others living with this condition. She also volunteered for a number of non-profit organizations, including Variety the Children's Charity ( Little did Meredith know her daughter Sofia would be receiving the highest quality of care in the MercyOne Variety PICU following the accident. Their family's love of animals has led them to support Animal Rescue League( over the years as well.