The Iowa Conference mourns the death of Rev. Judith "Judy" K. Miller

The Iowa Conference mourns the death of Rev. Judith

May 18, 2023

The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church mourns the death of Rev. Judith "Judy" K. Miller, who passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 19, 2023, from 4-7 p.m. at Christy-Smith Funeral Home, Morningside Chapel (1801 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City, IA 51106-0526) A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church (1735 Morningside Ave, Sioux City, IA 51106). Burial will be in Lakeview Gardens Cemetery, Spirit Lake, Iowa. Clergy who wish to process at the beginning of the funeral service are invited to wear a favorite stole, with robes optional. 

For those wishing to experience Rev. Judy Miller's funeral through the Grace UMC livestream, please go to the church's Facebook page and look for the live event on Saturday.

Rev. Miller served churches in Sioux City, Indianola, Manchester, Moravia, Kanawha, Iowa City First, Osceola, and Jefferson before becoming the Superintendent of the Muscatine District of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church. "Oftentimes she was the first woman pastor and worked hard to build relationships and to make the way for those to follow."

"Judy was an extraordinary pastor, friend, pioneer, and mentor. Her genuine interest in others, her empathetic ear, wise counsel, and commitment to justice provided comfort and solace to countless individuals and changed the world for the better. She had an innate ability to bring people together, fostering a sense of community and belonging wherever she went."

A full obituary can be read here.

The family has requested that memorials be directed to Native American Child Care Center (1735 Morningside Ave, Sioux City, IA 51106).