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    Living History: Bonnie Miller

    Bickford of Muscatinehttps://www.bickfordseniorliving.com/branch/bickford-of-muscatine
    There is no higher calling, no greater purpose than that of a caregiver. Somehow, we’ve come to believe that caregiving is just for some of us and not all of us. Yet at our core, we are all made to love, to connect, to extend ourselves in service of others. The question is ... do we have the will to love, to do what it takes, to risk ourselves in caring, even when the burden is great? In times of happiness, in times of sadness - we are that caregiver.

    Muscatine Living

    Her whole life, Bonnie Miller has loved living in Muscatine. Even at a young age, she knew she never wanted to go anywhere else. Growing up, Miller enjoyed attending both Franklin and Jefferson Elementary schools.

    Miller took her first job at Barry Company, a button machine shop. After four years in their office, she went to work for the HON company, then known as Home-O-Nize. She started out in data processing before spending the majority of her career working in distribution services. In 2001, she retired after more than 33 years of service.

    Her time at the HON Company led to more than just a fulfilling career. While working there, Miller met her late husband, Larry Miller. The two both belonged to the Muscatine Moose Lodge, where they actively participated in social events. Together, Bonnie and Larry Miller called bingo at weekly Moose meetings. They also enjoyed the opportunity to share a hot meal and good conversation with their other Moose friends.

    The Millers also loved fishing together as much as they could. In their free time, they would often go fishing along the Cedar River. They also liked to try their luck on riverboat casinos in the region.

    When Miller’s parents grew elderly, she took care of them in a comfortable home on Houser Street. Even after their deaths, she continued to live there as she enjoyed the neighborhood.

    Now that Miller lives at Bickford Senior Living, she values the community there for many of the same reasons she has always valued living in Muscatine. Miller said she most likes, “the close location of where I lived on Houser Street and the smaller more homelike setting.”

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