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Born: Sep 08, 1946

Date of Passing: Jul 27, 2022

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MILLER: Elizabeth Jean Miller (nee Downey and known as Betty) passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at the Brandon Hospital. Born September 8, 1946 Betty was the third child of Wallace and Bessie Downey and is survived by her siblings, Ray Downey (Myrna), Jim Downey (Linda), and Marina Downey (Herb Dell). Also left to continue her legacy is husband Stuart Miller, two daughters Marla and Kendall, and grandsons Keaton and Griffin (Kendall) and Seth (Marla), and a large group of beloved extended cousins and their families. Betty was born with a heart condition and at age five she developed rheumatic fever which further complicated matters. Bedridden for a year she actually had to re-learn how to walk, and at the tender age of fourteen she had two very high-risk open-heart operations. She lived to far surpass a grim young life expectancy and have children, two things that she was told she wouldn't do. At fifty years old she again battled the odds to win and had a third open heart surgery to replace a heart valve, with a pig valve. This valve was to last 12-15 years, and it got her to almost seventy-five years old when it finally failed. Betty remembers a great childhood with lots of teasing from her brothers, and great times playing with her sister and cousins. Lots of sleepovers and memories of riding her beloved horse Duke, always made her smile. Betty knew Stuart in school and interest seemed to increase when they performed in the same Young People's drama - 'Still Stands the House'. They started dating and married in 1968, had Marla in 1969 and Kendall came along in 1976. Betty was always determined and hard working. Her work career started at the Royal Bank in Waskada, to the office at Melita Auctions, then back to Waskada to work in the Municipal office and finally she worked alongside Stuart, at Miller Auctions. She was community minded, and a social gal and loved spending time with her coffee girls in both Waskada and Melita. She was quick to laugh and always enjoyed a good story. She loved clothes and jewellery and always looked 'like she stepped out of a hat box' as her mother would say. We always remember our Mom's scent - her perfume lingered on her clothes and on us long after she left a room, and it was always so comforting... Betty wanted wanted to make sure that her sister and brothers knew how good they were to her through the years, and of course thank her dear Stuart who always kept such good care of her - tirelessly in these last few months. A special thanks to the many professionals who helped her through the years with a special thanks to Dr. Plews in Brandon. Also a huge hug to her cousin Evelyn for her caring visits and devotion. Details are in progress but we hope to do a Celebration of Life in Waskada on or near September 8 which would have been her 76th birthday. We will update as we have more information. Thanks to all who have left messages, emails and texts of prayers and support. It means a lot to our entire family. We will carry on her amazing legacy with great pride - til we meet again.

As published in Brandon Sun on Jul 30, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Stuart our sincerest condolences on the passing of Betty. We take for granted the presence of our partners and take for granted that they will be with us forever. Thank goodness we have memories to cherish and that can not be taken away. Ken & Eileen - Posted by: Ken & Eileen Barron (friend) on: Aug 09, 2022

  • Stewart, The Kiwanis Club of Brandon members send our sincere condolences on the passing of your wife. Our sincere thoughts are with you and your Family at this difficult time. - Posted by: Kiwanis Club of Brandon (Friend) on: Aug 02, 2022

  • To Miller and Downey Families: Sincere Sympathy goes out to you all in the passing of Betty. You are so right Heaven has gained another angel. Keep the memories close to your heart. - Posted by: Jim and Noreen Coates (Friend) on: Aug 01, 2022

  • Uncle Stuart, Marla and Kendall - very sorry to hear about the passing of Betty. I have wonderful memories of the great summer vacations at your farm. Betty did have a great laugh. Sympathy to the whole family. - Posted by: Carolyn Gill (Niece) on: Jul 30, 2022

  • Miller & Downey Families: So Sorry to read of Betty's Passing. - Posted by: Janice Campbell (Distant Relative) on: Jul 30, 2022

  • Sorry to hear of Betty's passing, always a friendly chat when she worked at auction sales. Sympathy to all. - Posted by: Donna Brown (Acquaintance) on: Jul 30, 2022

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