Elsie Miller

Obituary of Elsie Miller

Elsie Susan Miller (nee Slavkovsky) Elsie Miller of Regina passed away September 4, 2016. Elsie was born in Regina May 23, 1932. She was predeceased by her loving parents, Joseph and Susan Slavkovsky and her dear friends Annie Sentes and Margaret Bowns. Elsie attended Wetmore School, where she skipped 2 grades thus enabling her to graduate from Balfour Tech at the age of 16 where she obtained awards for typing (134 words/minute) and became proficient in shorthand writing. Elsie’s career in the clerical profession began at Continental Auto Supply, then on to Medical Arts and lastly to the Regina General Hospital where she worked in the X-ray Department for 25 years. Elsie took an early retirement to care for her father and tend to her own health. Elsie proudly grew up on the 22-block Reynolds, in what was then the “east end” of Regina, an area of the city so culturally diverse Elsie would fondly refer to it as “Little New York”. Elsie loved to travel, and her wanderlust nature took her to places like New York, California and Las Vegas. Her biggest adventure was a trip taken with her parents, where they embarked from Eastern Canada on the ship Queen Elizabeth to visit her parent’s homelands - Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Prior to settling down in the Davis Mews Apartment in 2010, Elsie would winter for 6 months in Fairmont Springs and Gallagher Lake (Oliver), BC. She also lived at Kannata Valley where she made many friends in the Kannata Valley and Craven area and held many fond memories of time spent at Fred’s Esso in Craven, where conversations were rich and plentiful, mellow and heated; and a good game of cribbage was often to be found. Elsie loved to cook and try new recipes – and continued to cook her own meals 8 weeks before her passing. Elsie was an avid reader, often staying up to the wee hours of the morning immersed in a good book. She also enjoyed time spent at the casino, watching Rider games and jig-saw puzzling with her friends at Davis Mews. Her great sense of humor and wit will be missed. Elsie had a caring and generous spirit and supported those organizations that meant the most to her. She also gave her time and support unconditionally to her family and friends, stepping up in a care giver role when it was required, never asking for anything in return. She loved nature and had an affinity for all creatures both domestic and wild - no one ever went hungry when Elsie was around! Even spiders had their place in nature, so were never killed - but rather escorted back to the great outdoors. Elsie is survived by friends Irma Fabrik, Nick and Olga Fabrik, Linda Stevens, Maria Pallagi and Shirley Albert who was not only Elsie’s friend, but caregiver during the past two years. Also, her long-time compadrie Betty (Liz) Lutz (nee Miehl) who lovingly put together this tribute to Elsie’s life. Elsie will be greatly missed by all who knew her. As per Elsie’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. The next time you feed a squirrel, hang a bird feeder, adopt a pet (or save a spider!) think of Elsie – she would be proud!
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