Shirley K. Jensen Miller
Date of Birth
October 14, 1932
Rural Stella, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
July 21, 2020
Wahoo, Nebraska
Celebration of Life Directions

Private Family Only
Monday, July 27, 2020 ~ 2:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Interment at Sunrise Cemetery ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

No Visitation

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*Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic: The service is private for family only and will be stream live on the Svoboda Funeral Home Facebook page.



Shirley K. Jensen Miller, 87, of Wahoo, NE entered into eternal rest on July 21, 2020 at her home. She was born October 14, 1932 in rural Stella, NE to Cleo and Veda (Rhodus) McNeely.

At 10 years old, she moved to Wahoo with her family. Shirley graduated Wahoo High School, attended Peru State Teachers College and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Midland Lutheran College. For 37 years, she taught junior high English and Social Studies at Mead Public School.

Shirley was a member of many educational organizations, FFA Alumni, and Saunders County Medical Auxiliary. She enjoyed mentoring and tutoring students, educational consulting, writing noteworthy short stories and volunteering at the local senior center facility.

Shirley is survived by her son, Bradford K. Jensen and daughter-in-law, Mary Sianis-Jensen of Newtown, PA; granddaughter, Kristen and her husband Norbert Maier of Sleepy Hollow, NY; brother, Harold and sister-in-law, Marilyn McNeely of Phoenix, AZ; brother-in-law, Keith Hartford of Cedar Bluffs; sisters-in-law, Elva Jean McNeely of Enid, OK, Rita Koehler of Omaha, Mary Miller of Gering and Bernadine Anderson of Surfside Beach, SC; step-children, Cindy (Greg) Hall of Fremont, Steve (Jeanne) Miller of Omaha, Teresa (Barry) Arnold of Omaha; step-grandchildren, Edward Miller, Matthew (Shannon) Miller, Aimee (David) Hennings, and Maxx Arnold; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Shirley was predeceased by her parents, Cleo and Veda McNeely; husband of 7 years, Kenneth Jensen; husband of 38 years, Phil Miller; sisters, Julie Hartford and Kittie Stricklett; and brothers, Wayne McNeely and Don McNeely.


Condolences for Shirley K. Jensen Miller
  1. Karen Stricklett
    • July 23, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    Shirley, you will certainly be missed. You definitely were a strong person. Our conversations will not be forgotten. We were just thinking of you the other day and I was going to try and call you this weekend. You are in God’s hands now. Love Karen and Brian Stricklett

  2. Joe Baldassare
    • July 23, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    I will definitely miss Shirley. For many (30+) years, I have treasured my friendship with Shirley and Phil. They were like my older brother and sister and always treated me as if I was part of their family. My heart has another empty spot with her loss.
    Now Shirley and Phil are together once more in God’s light.

  3. Brett Miller
    • July 23, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    Shirley always had a heart of gold with us. She was a wonderful host during Thanksgiving and Christmas for family time. Lots of love for the entire family.

  4. • July 24, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    Shirley, you were my favorite Aunt! I picked on you and you gave it back two-fold! I always enjoyed our conversations and your sage advice! May you rest in peace, say Hi to Mom for me!

  5. Cindy Dornbush
    • July 24, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    Sending our heartfelt sympathy to all of Shirley’s loved ones. We both had the pleasure to teach with Shirley at Mead. Shirley will be greatly missed but please take comfort in the many lives she touched and blessed.

    Dan and Cindy Dornbush

  6. • July 24, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    Brad and family,
    So sorry to hear of Shirley’s death. I’m sure Phil, Mom, Dad, Julie, Wayne, Don and Grandma & Grandpa were all there to welcome her home.
    Hoping your memories bring you comfort in this sad time.
    Laurel & John Derry

  7. D.J.Hogan
    • July 25, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    Sorry To hear of the loss of your mom, I remember the good times we had at the Wahoo Coin Club. May GOD be with you at your family at this difficult time. D.J.Hogan

  8. Danny gottsch
    • July 25, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    A great teacher. Her and Phil both. I remember them daily. For what they both taught me.

  9. • July 25, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    Such good memories of my favorite teacher! She always had time to listen to my 7th grade angst.

  10. Keri See
    • July 25, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    She was a great teacher. I looked up to her for guidance and support. She was one of kind! What an impression she left on my life!

  11. Andy Frahm
    • July 25, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    My sincere condolences to the family. Mrs. Miller was an truly an outstanding English teacher and I have very fond memories of my time in class with her.

  12. James Ellison
    • July 25, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    Both Shirley and Phil were great teachers at Mead junior senior high. That taught me and my parents! Our condolences!

  13. Laurie sladek
    • July 25, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    Shirley n Phil taught me in school. Along with other Mead teachers they were all mentors for me.
    Prayers to the family
    God bless
    Laurie Sladek

  14. Steve Schmit
    • July 26, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    Very sorry for your loss. I cannot think of Phil and Shirley without smiling.

    • July 26, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    Shirley by far was one of my most,FAVORITE teachers in the Mead Public School System!
    And I think I was one of her most FAVORITE students, she keep me in Junior High for 3 years!LOL I remember her always talking about her son Brad. I will never forget Shirley, she was always looking to bring out the GOOD in all of her stundents! Also my Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Jensen and Miller family! GOD BLESS!

  16. Theresa Hull
    • July 26, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    Shirley was such a great teacher and she will always be remembered. Condolences to the family

  17. Debora wikcox
    • July 26, 2020 - 2 weeks ago

    Saddened to See that Shirley passed away. She had the best personality and she loved her animals dearly. My condolences to the family during this difficult time. She was a super human with a kind heart and hearty laugh.

  18. Tom Noha
    • August 1, 2020 - 1 week ago

    Brad, Sorry for the loss of your mom. It’s been awhile but I’d run into her at a restaurant or somewhere and she’d remember me from being a friend of yours. Next year will be our 50 year class reunion if the covid situation is settled down by then. It would be great to see you.

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