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Irene Droz, 100, of Miller, S.D., died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004 at Prairie Good Samaritan Center in Miller.

Her funeral was held Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Miller with Pastors Brian Jones, Nels and Angie Easterby officiating. Burial was in G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller.

Casketbearers were Frank, Doug and Greg Droz, Tim Diede, Harold Hastings and Chris Kolda.  Reck Funeral Home, Miller, was in charge of arrangements.

Lola Irene Taylor was born October 15, 1904 to Clint and Blanche (Cox) Taylor at their farm in Dallas County, Iowa. Her family moved to Hand County when she was three years old. She attended school in Glendale Township and graduated from the eighth grade in Miller.

She married Leslie Droz on January 31, 1923. They farmed in south Hand County and retired in Miller in 1954. They were blessed with six children, Charles, Gordon, Howard, Lowell, Darlene and Carolyn.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, sewing and showing hospitality to her family and friends. She retained the qualities she had throughout her life, her strong faith, a sense of humor, a kind heart and a warm smile.

She was a member of Pleasant Valley Church, rural Miller, where she accepted Jesus as her Savior and Lord. She loved to read her Bible. She attended a neighborhood Bible study as well as her own church activities. She was also a member of the Century Club of South Dakota.

Following her husband's death in 1983, she sold her home and moved to the Delalda Apartments, where she lived for 13 years. She also spent five years at Courtyard Villa Assisted Living before moving to Prairie Good Samaritan Center in April 2004.

Survivors include her children, Charles (Fern) Droz, Lowell (Donna) Droz and Darlene Droz, all of Miller, and Carolyn (Marvin) Diede of Letcher; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Miriam Taylor of Seattle, Wash.; nieces, nephews, cousins and many loving friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; four brothers, Harold, Earl, Glen and Leland Taylor; two sons, Gordon in 2001 and Howard in infancy; a grandson, Ted Diede; a great-grandson, Andrew Diede; and an infant great-granddaughter, Kristi Anne Hesla-Hart.