Sara Kay Miller

Sara Kay Miller, age 42, of Dubuque, IA, completed her earthly journey on January 8, 2024, while surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Sara’s life, her Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00–6:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at the Lacoma Golf Club Event Center, 8080 Timmerman Drive, East Dubuque, IL.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Sara’s family.


Sara was born on February 10, 1981, in Dubuque, IA, one of three daughters to Bruce S. and Glenda M. (Kuhl) Miller.  She was a beautiful soul who also possessed a prankster streak when the timing was appropriate.  Sara was naturally gifted with a very creative side which she continually developed over time in her crafts and nail art.  She also had a great respect for Marilyn Monroe and Freddie Mercury which was always on display.  Sara accepted that she was not going to have children of her own, but being blessed with seven nieces and nephews, she took advantage of every chance she had to spend time with them and shared her affinity to teach them her antics only to drive her sisters, Elissa and Erin crazy at times.  During the last few months of her life, Sara found great comfort and joy in spending time with her dear friend, Jennie.  They spent countless hours running door dashes and simply hanging out together as Jennie graciously helped her with her daily tasks when her family couldn’t physically be by her side.  Thankfully, there was much peace to be found in Sara’s last months, along with the sorrow, which helped to ease the pain of her battle with cancer.  Sara’s strong will helped to allow her vividly bright light to shine just a little brighter in her last days among us.  It’s beyond heartbreaking to ponder life moving forward without our dear Sara walking beside us, but thankfully she has also left behind an abundance of wonderful memories for all who knew and loved her to lean into during the more difficult moments ahead.  Thank you, Sara, for simply being you with each of life’s twists and turns and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms as you enjoy your eternal reunion with all of your loved one’s who have been called home ahead of us.  We will love and miss you each and every day until we meet again!


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Sara include,

her mother,

Glenda Miller, East Dubuque, IL;


her sisters,

Elissa (Tim) Murphy, East Dubuque, IL,

and Erin (Tom) Loso, East Dubuque, IL;


her nieces and nephews,

Katelyn (Nick Asbell) McIntyre, Peyton (Nolan Farrey) Bastian, Natalie Murphy, Sophia Loso, Benjamin Bastian, and Maddux Loso;


her great-niece,

Reagan Kipper;


her great-nephew due to join us in April,

baby boy Asbell;


her fierce protector and canine companion,



along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Sara was preceded in death by her father, Bruce Miller; her paternal grandfathers, George Miller and Louis Roth; her maternal grandparents, Melvin and Marie Kuhl; her beloved fur babies, Bubba and Venus; along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Sara’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melissa Gansemer, for all of their compassionate and exceptional care.  They would also like to thank everyone at the Menominee Dunleith Fire Department and the Wendt Center, along with Mollie Roth and Brian Roth.  And a very special and heartfelt thank you to Sara’s best friend, Jennie Beaver, who has been a constant and loving companion during this last year of Sara’s life.  We are grateful beyond words for all of the love and support you have all so generously granted to Sara.


Online condolences may be shared with Sara’s family at

Celebration of Life

Lacoma Golf Club Event Center
8080 Timmerman Drive, East Dubuque, Illinois, 61025
March 16th, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

3 comments on “Sara Kay Miller
  1. Carly Moore says:

    Sara was one of the great ones in this world. She will be loved and missed forever. I’m glad I got to know her for the 20+ years I did. I’m glad she’s not in pain anymore and with her Dad and Bubba. Prayers and thoughts to all her friends and family.

  2. Dawn Stelpflug says:

    So very sorry for your loss, may she rest in peace, free from all pain.

  3. Mary Baxter says:

    Glenda, we are so sorry to hear this. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

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