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img_1156884757_15455_1248398090_mod_204_254.jpgSusan Miller (nee Dyck)

1919-2009

On Sunday, July 19th, 2009 at the Boundary Trails Health Centre, Susan Miller, formerly of Roland, passed gently from this world at the age of 90 years. She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Adolph Miller, in 1984. She is mourned by her loving children; son Lorne (Doreen) and children, Kurtis (Marlow), Mark, Tricia (Kevin), son Ron (Joan) of British Columbia and children Chris (Joanne), Lisa (Curtis), and Jason, son Harvey (Lucille) and children Meagan (Paul), Matthew, Margaux, and daughter Carol (Arnie Falk) and children Amanda (Regan), Nathan, Krista (Dan). She leaves 7 great grandchildren; Brenna, Zachary, Talia, Macie, Jacob, Elsa, and Allycia. She will be missed by her sister Mary Hiebert, sister-in-laws, Eleanor Worster, Isabelle Desmarais, and many nieces, nephews, their families and her friends.

Mom was born in Lowe Farm, Manitoba on February 14th, 1919. Her family moved to Stuartburn when she was a young girl. Here she attended school, 4-H, and helped her parents on the farm. She worked as a mother's helper or hired girl, learning to cook the meals these families enjoyed and became a very good cook. On October 29th, 1942, she married her love, Adolph Miller. In the early years of their marriage, they moved often and lived in Ridgeville, Dakota, Elgin, and Greenway. Dad worked for the C.N. Railway and not wanting to move the family all the time, bid and got a position at Roland in 1953, where they settled and raised their family. Susan moved from her home in Roland to an apartment in Winkler in 2000. Following a hip fracture in 2004, she moved to the Salem Home in Winkler where she enjoyed the last few years of her life.

Mom was very creative and exhibited the 3R's before it was even fashionable with her recycled and reused craft materials. She shared her love of crafts with her children, grandchildren, and many of those in her community. She was a gifted teacher and taught 4-H, C.G.I.T, and Vacation Bible School. Her grandchildren were recipients of her love, care and enthusiasm especially through summer vacations where they learned how to play Chinese Checkers, sing hymns, weed the garden, trade pocket change for treats at the local store, and love God and others. Grandma stocked her pantry with everyone's favorites and instilled in her children and grandchildren a respect for education,a work ethic, proper behaviour, and high regard for all God created, treating others as we would like to be treated. Mom's hands were always busy with crocheting or sewing projects, baking buns and making meals singing while she worked. When we were growing up our home was filled with family and friends and food was always a highlight.( Perogies with cream gravey and home-made soups enhanced with dill were eagerly eaten by those who would join us for a meal.) Even after she moved to her apartment, visits always included staying for coffee.

Mom loved nature and made beautiful, huge flower and vegetable gardens. She also had a knack for house plants. She would grow and multiply many kinds, she then loved to bless others by giving them away. When the odd plants returned in ill-health, she could always restore them and return them looking beautiful again.

Because of her husband's employment with the C. N. R., Susan developed an affinity for the railroad. She enjoyed taking her children and then her grandchildren on walks along the railroad tracks. Several grandchildren even enjoyed a trip by train with her to visit their B.C. cousins. In addition, she happily donated funds to help the Prairie Dog Central Railway to continue operation.

Mom was a wonderful role model and an inspiration to us all. She was a kind, compassionate and loving person, caring for those around her. This love for others included fostering children. She gave unconditional and generous love and nurturing ,often replying,"I love all you kids the same." She was spirited and spiritual. Examplifing her love for God by the way she lived her life and sharing clippings of inspirational articles, prayers and songs. Throughout her life, others also enjoyed her down-to-earth manner and easy humour. She loved her family and enjoyed having us visit.

Relationships with family and friends were exteremly important to her, and we thank God for the blessing of her life and for her positive example and rich legacy she leaves behind for us.

We would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Salem Home and the health professionals at Boundary Trails Hospital for their expert skill and caring bedside manner.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 24, 2009 at 11:00a.m. at The Roland United Church with Shirley McLaren officiating. Interment will take place at the Fairview Cemetery, Roland.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made in Susan's name to The Roland United Church or a Charity of your choice.

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