Leona Bernadette Miller – October 8, 1922 – March 23, 2019
Leona Bernadette Miller (nee Makinen) passed away peacefully at the age of 96 years old at Pinecrest Home on March 23, 2019.
While we all new this day would come, her passing has been difficult to comprehend, as she has always been a constant in our lives.
That twinkle in her sparkly blue eyes will forever be cherished and deeply missed by us all.
Leona is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law; Warren & Ingrid Miller of B.C. and grandchildren Cameron (Deb), Shelan (Allan) and Heather (Shane), Alan & Carole Miller and grandchildren Janice (Les), Lynne (Gary), Alanna (Pat), and Anita, and Richard and Wilma Miller and grandchildren Amber and Lori.
Leona took great pride in her family including all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her husband Dave Miller, siblings Leo, Oscar, Roberta, Edna and Robert, and her grandson Jeffrey Miller.
Leona was one of six siblings born to Bernadette and Severi Makinen in Reddit, Ontario, on October 8, 1922. She had a wonderful childhood, and had fond memories of growing up there before moving to Kenora to start her family.
Leona always had company in her house. She kept a freezer “in the back room” filled with delicious homemade dainties, and coffee was ready for whoever came to visit. It was in her nature to join family and friends together, and this was something she wanted to instill in all of us.
Her determination and strong-will were a force to be reckoned with – a fine example of this was following her husband Dave’s passing in 1994. Before this, she always had a way to get to the golf course or the curling club, so at the age of 72, Leona Miller decided it was time to get her drivers license. In order to speed up the process, she attended the “Young Drivers” course in Kenora, with many 16-year-olds who were undoubtedly hoping it wouldn’t take that long to pass the course!
Sure enough, Leona got her license, and always drove 10 km below the speed limit, just to be safe.
We love you, and you will be alive in our hearts and memories forever.
A Celebration of Life for Leona Miller will be held in May.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pinecrest Home or to The Salvation Army.
“A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” – Maya Angelou