Debra Miller


Debra MillerDebra Ann Miller age 61 of Marshall, formerly of Westbrook, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD with family at her side. Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Westbrook. Visitation is one hour prior to services. Burial is in the Westbrook Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 1153 1st Avenue, Westbrook MN 56183. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Debra Ann (Bruning) Miller was born June 29, 1953 in Westbrook, Minnesota to Floyd E. and Rita (Backus) Bruning. She graduated from Westbrook High School, and furthered her education at Winona State University, Iowa State University, and Mankato State University. Debra earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education, and later went on for Education Administration. On September 3, 1977 she married Roger Miller. Debra enjoyed walking trails at Lake Shetek, gardening, arts, and music. Her life’s passion was advocating for her special education children. Debra loved spending time with family and friends.

Debra is survived by her husband Roger of Marshall; children Luke (Danielle) Miller of Chaska and Alexis (James) Witte of Eden Prairie; grandson Aaron Miller; mother Rita Bruning; siblings: Linda (Gene) Nelsen, Sandra (Gary) Adams, and Chuck (Diane) Bruning; and a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father Floyd E. Bruning.


  1. Melissa Schwab says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family. She will always hold a special place in my heart. She will be deeply missed by alot of people.

  2. Buck and Christina says:

    Deb was a wonderful woman – she is going to be greatly missed. So many wonderful memories and she will always be in our hearts.

  3. Randi Kirchner says:

    So many memories of walking to school together in Westbrook and then reconnecting professionally in Marshall. Deb was a lovely and smart and had the most wonderful laugh. She will be missed.

  4. Rod and Nancy Boeck says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, Deb was such a good person and I really enjoyed visiting with her. I love this beautiful picture of her.

  5. josh myhre says:

    Deb will be greatly missed she was a great teacher R.I.P

  6. Missy Kor says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. She always had a smile and was always asking how you were. She will be greatly missed.

  7. Dale Hiland says:

    Thinking of you all during this sad time. Deb will be missed.

  8. Christi Gratz (Gannott) says:

    Mrs. Miller was a great teacher. She was also a fun teacher. She helped me through so much. My sympathy to the family.

  9. Amy Engesser says:

    I am very saddened to learn of Deb’s passing. Deb and I worked together in Marshall, but I knew her previous to that through the Coop. I will remember her smile, her humor and her passion for kids. Sending my deepest sympathies to her family!

  10. Shelia Kuehl (Paplow) says:

    Although I lost touch with Deb after high school, I will always remember how kind and compassionate that she was to every one. There were a lot of fun times. She was a blast to be around. Treasure the memories..

  11. Allen Eichner says:

    Good-bye to a fine lady. Prayers to all.

  12. vern bass says:

    My deepest condolences to family and friends of Deb. I remember her from childhood coming visit my sister Carol and ending up being friends with the entire family. So kind and loving. I am sure she will be missed by all.

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