It is with heavy hearts that the family of Maureen Miller-Nielsen announces the passing of their beloved mother and wife on October 15th, 2018 at the young age of 67 years.
Maureen is lovingly remembered by the love of her life Stan Miller-Nielsen; her daughter, Lesley Brown (Troy); her son, Kristian Miller-Nielson (Cabri); brothers, Ken Drake (Charlotte), Les Drake (Cookie) and Kevin Drake; as well as her beloved grandchildren; Hunter, Kathryn, Walker, Shea and Lennyn. Maureen is predeceased by her sister, Diane Drake.
Maureen was born on July 8th, 1951 to her mother Margret McKinley and father Keith Drake. She grew up in Cold Lake with her three brothers and one sister. Maureen and Stan were high school sweethearts and married on April 28th, 1973. Maureen and Stan welcomed a baby girl, Lesley on April 10th, 1980 and completed their family with the birth of their son Kristian two years later on July 4th, 1982.
Maureen attended the University of Alberta and obtained her teaching degree then went on to acquire her Master’s of Education which led her to working in the school system as a teacher and later a principal for 32 years.
Maureen was known for her infectious laugh, her one of a kind hospitality, a love for traveling and seeing the world. She always tried her best and gave more than she took. Maureen loved her family and friends, she showed up to listen, offer advice, cheer or share a glass of wine when needed.
Maureen was an avid runner and role modelled health to everyone around her. She took pride in participating in every one of the 38 Terry Fox Runs. She also loved a good game of pickleball, whether it be for the athletic challenge or the friendly banter on the court.
A celebration of life for Maureen was held on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at the Lakeland Inn. In Lieu of flowers, Maureen has asked that friends and family to participate or donate to the annual Terry Fox Run to carry on her love for the event and for the development of cancer research.
“Be not anxious about tomorrow. Do todays duty, fight todays temptations and do not weaken and distract yourself by looking forward to things you cannot see and could not understand if you saw them.”