Obituary for Gloria Miller
On Thursday, April 12, 2012, surrounded by family and friends, Gloria left this world peacefully at the age of 86.
Mom was tremendously loved and admired by her family and will be deeply missed by her two daughters Lynda (Jim Bell), Sharon (Jim Pearce), daughter-in-law Peggy Miller, “adopted Scottish daughter” Elizabeth Cairns, grandchildren Jeffery (Isabelle) and Jonathon (Melissa), Scott (Heather) and Ryan, Jaclyn (Jeff) and Jamie, and two great grandsons with one more on the way. She will also be missed by her brother-in-law Bill, four nieces, one nephew, and close friends the Campbells, Bergners and Tscharkes. Gloria was predeceased by her husband Clarke, son Bruce, and infant daughter Shirley June, her brother Bill and sister Shirley.
Gloria was born in Winnipeg in 1925 and grew up in the north end. After finishing high school, she attended Normal School where she trained to be a teacher. Her teaching assignments took her to Mowbray and Dugald where her students adored her and many remember her to this day. In 1944 she met Clarke, a handsome young air force officer, on a blind date, which transformed into love at first sight. They married in 1946 and raised their family in the Riverview area where they lived for over 40 years. Gloria’s greatest joy was in the raising of her children and instilling in them a sense of humour and the true meaning of family.
Gloria’s interests were many and diverse: sports, theatre, music, reading, sewing, knitting, cooking, entertaining, gardening and traveling. She was friendly, outgoing, and genuinely enjoyed people. She made a lasting impression on everyone she met.
The family would like to thank the staff on Cornish 2 at the Misericordia Health Centre who provided our mother with gentle and loving care, and the steady stream of visitors who made our mother’s final days a celebration of her life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Gloria to the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation, 99 Cornish Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1A2, Churchill Park United Church, or a charity of your choice.
Gloria’s motto was “Live, Love, Laugh”. She lived it every day of her life.