Marcia Jean Miller
March 1954 – October 19, 2015
“Thou wilt show me the path of life; in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our dear sister and loyal friend who inspired us with her courage, tenacity, buoyancy and bright nature throughout her life, but never moreso than in the last five years, as she refused to let cancer limit her hope for a better day ahead.
This adventurous spirit began her journey in Lindsay, Ontario. Marcia spent her early years in Sarnia and was a natural in a pair of skates, training early in figures and later playing hockey where she outskated many of her male
teammates long before it was “cool” for girls to compete in that arena. In summer, Marcia was a force to be reckoned with on the ball field. Her intensity and focus as a fastball pitcher intimidated the most seasoned batters. She especially enjoyed playing slow pitch on the same team as her Dad. Later when the skates and the glove were retired she turned her need for a challenge into “crafting”. She enjoyed tackling the intricacies of cross-stitching, quilting and needlework but most of all Marcia enjoyed the friendships and commradery that she found at Jonanco Hobby Center, her home away from home.
Marcia worked in the office of the Nanaimo and Duncan RCMP detachment and later in the Claims Department at ICBC. These careers matched her values as she was an outspoken proponent of justice and fair play. Never one to let a friend or loved one down, Marcia put the needs of others before her own.. Marcia provided compassionate and loving care to her dear mother who spent the last years of her life struggling with dementia.
Marcia is predeceased by her treasured parents Leslie and Jeanne Miller. She is survived by her patient and abiding sister, Linda Schiebel (Brian), and her niece and nephew Karie and Brian.
A special thank you is extended to the friends she made at Cedar and Arbutus Units at Dufferin Place, especially Jerry, who brightened her days and gave her a sense of impor- tance and purpose. She will be missed and remembered fondly by her special friends Chris Potvin, Doreen Bzdell, Linda Addison, Karen Streeter and Catharine Dugan. “Until we meet again”
There will be a Celebration of Marcia’s Life at a later date. Please forward any donations you may wish to make in Marcia’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.