We are sad to announce the passing of Eleanor Ruth Miller (née Taylor), at the age of 92 years, on February 22, 2016 in Nanaimo, BC. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Steve, in 1999 and brothers, Cliff in 1978, Bert in 1989, and Roger in 1994. Eleanor is survived by her brother, Norval Taylor of Kamloops, BC, and sister, Mayme Henning of Edson, Alberta, as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.
Eleanor was born January 13, 1924 at home in the Lochinvar District in Alberta. She married Steve N. Miller August 14, 1943 in Edson, Alberta. They moved to Burmis, Alberta where Steve worked as a sawyer. From there they moved to Vancouver Island and spent many of their years in the Cowichan Valley area. They lived on the lake in Caycuse until Steve retired from the logging industry and then they moved to Ladysmith. After Steve passed away, Eleanor stayed in their house in Ladysmith until 2008 when she moved to Wexford Creek in Nanaimo. Over the years, Eleanor met many people and made many long lasting friendships.
Although Steve and Eleanor did not have children of their own, they had many nephews, nieces, and friends that were like part of the family and they loved to spend time with them. Many they taught to waterski at Caycuse or took them berry picking, boating, or fishing. They always had time for anyone who stopped in for a visit, and Eleanor was quick to offer a meal. Eleanor loved horses, as she grew up on a farm in Alberta, and had many a story to tell. Through the years, Eleanor had many hobbies. She was an avid rock hound, making jewellery from many different types of rocks. She also enjoyed berry picking to make pies, jams, or jellies, as well as fishing, camping, and boating. Eleanor always loved to dress up in costume and have a good laugh. She also enjoyed researching the family history and loved to tell stories of her life.
Eleanor will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.
A memorial service for Eleanor will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1 Newcastle Ave, Nanaimo, BC. She has been laid to rest beside Steve at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens.