Marlene Evelyn MILJUS
November 29, 1934 – April 17, 2021
Marlene E. Miljus, 86, of Naples, Florida died peacefully at home on Saturday April 17, 2021. She was born November 29, 1934 in Palmer, Iowa to Floyd and Lena (nee Holland) Johnson, and married the love of her life, Robert ("Bob") on August 27, 1955. Marlene graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1953 and attended Augustana College from 1953-1955. After many years as a loving mother, wife, homemaker and countless hours of volunteer work while raising her family, she also received a Certificate in Child Care Development and Training in 1983. Her family meant everything to her and she treasured every moment she spent with them. Marlene was predeceased by her husband, Bob, on April 4, 2020 and her parents. She is survived by her children Leann Miljus, Robben (Ivette) Miljus, and Tara Brown, and grandchildren Maxwell, Sampson, and Michael Miljus Pettit, Nicholas, Rex and Sera Miljus, and Chase and Chloe Brown, her sisters Marilyn (Wayne) Aden and Luann (Tony) McAdams of Iowa, as well as several loving nieces, nephews and their families. Arrangements are being handled by Hodges-Kiser funeral home in Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in her name to the Zion Church Benevolence Fund, 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, Florida 33919. A Celebration of Life for both Robert and Marlene has now been planned for Saturday June 12, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919. For those unable to attend in person, a video link will be available so you can view online.
Celebration of Life
Zion Lutheran Church
Marlene Evelyn MILJUS
May 4, 2021
Tara and Family,
To know Marlene was to love her. Sincere and generous with her time for her children and grandchildren - she made every encounter feel like a special occasion. Her eyes were never so bright as when she watched the kids play their sports, or sing in Chapel. Now with grown children of our own, I would give anything to sit down with her, over a cup of tea (or glass of wine) and just listen to stories of her life, her lessons, and what she would want us to know as mothers. Your family was blessed in so may ways to have Marlene. I pray that in time you can convert the feelings of deep loss to feelings of great gratitude and empowerment. Thriving in the knowledge that you cared for her in the most compassionate ways - always keeping her close and safe. She was a very lucky little lady to have the love of her family and all who knew her. Love you Tara, Chase and Chloe XO
May 3, 2021
Growing up down the road from the Miljus family, and being friends with Tara I spent many happy days (and nights) at their home. Mrs. Miljus treated me like her own (without having to do chores!) and laughed easily at my sense of humor. I remember feeling, as a little girl, that she genuinely thought I was interesting and funny. Her appreciation of me most certainly helped in building my confidence (and sense of humor) growing up. Such a rare trait for an adult to communicate with a child in a way that she feels seen and appreciated. What a gift! From driving us around in the paneled station wagon, to throwing Tara amazing birthday parties in their garage, to cooking and baking for us -- Mrs. Miljus was a rare gem. Marlene (Barlene to Tara and me) had the work ethic of a farmer’s daughter and the style of a fashion model. When I picture her in my mind, she is forever young wearing wedge sandals, a stylish skirt and bangles on her wrists.
May memories of your mom bring you comfort & peace Tara, LeAnn and Robb. xoxo
April 21, 2021
Marlene and Bob are remembered fondly from their years at Atonement Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio. They were very active in the congregation and I especially remember their contributions to and support of the Youth Group. My sympathies to her family.
April 21, 2021
My thoughts are with all the family at this very sad time.
As a good friend of Leann's I feel very fortunate to have spent sometime with Marlene in the past few weeks. A special memory for me will be Marlene sat on the bleachers cheering on her grandson Max playing soccer just a few short weeks ago.
May her family find solace in the fact that Marlene is now at peace with her loving husband.