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 will be held on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at the Lakeland Inn from 12:00-2:00pm. In Lieu of flowers, Maureen has asked that friends and family to participate in 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."
In lieu of flowers Maureen has ask for people to participate or donate to the Terry Fox Run.
Lakeland Inn Cold Lake, Saturday October 20th 2018.
To take place at a later date.
My sincere condolences to Stan and family. ~Pierre Poirier
Mrs. M was my Grade 5 teacher, and our family also lived next to Les and Cookie for several years.
I have many fond memories of Mrs. M in the classroom, and as a positive and warm presence throughout my time at Nelson Heights. I feel very lucky to have had her as a teacher.
Our whole family sends deep condolences to all the Miller-Nielsen and Drake families and Mrs. M's many friends. ~Andrea Stewart
My (our) deepest condolences in the passing of Maureen, wife and mother/grandmother
May you treasurer those memories and hold her dear in your hearts ♥️ ~Peter and Yvonne Urlacher
Condolences to all of Maureen’s family. Thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of sorrow. ~Randy & Denise Robinson
I send my deepest condolences. Maureen was a wonderful Neighbor and more importantly an amazing friend to my parents. I had the pleasure of knowing her and I know she will be deeply missed. May the memories of the times you've shared stay near and dear to your hearts. ~Megan McConnell
Dear Stan:Warner and I send our heart felt condolences to you and your family. It has been a long hard battle for Maureen. I have fond memories of Maureen. The funniest that comes to me was when the four of us dressed up as cheerleaders for Halloween. How we laughed at you guys in your cute skirts. Maureen gave her all to her family and her career. She touched many people in her life and will always be remembered by us. The angels have taken a beautiful soul. May she rest in peace. ~Warner and Claire Crawford
Words can't begin to express the pain we are all feeling for your loss as well as the loss of everyone that was fortunate enough to know Maureen. She was an amazing woman. So strong, intelligent and brave. She always said what she meant and meant what she said. She was always supportive in times of others needs. I will miss her so much but feel lucky that she was in my life for the time that she was. Our deepest sympathies to you Stan, Lesley and Kristian and all your family.. ~Love from Joy and Jim
I am so sorry for your loss. Maureen was my grade five teacher in 1978/79 and I have never forgotten what an amazing lady she was. Years later when I did my student teaching at Nelson Heights, she teased me about how I couldn’t bring myself to call her by her first name. Even as an adult, I saw her as “Mrs. Miller,” my beloved grade five teacher. Please know that there are MANY of us who have happy memories of Maureen. She was a beautiful lady, inside and out. ~Shawna Reynolds Horning
So sorry to hear of Maureens passing. Our thoughts are with you .
~Ski & Dorothy Craigmile
My deepest Sympathy Stan and Family also to her Brothers and family's . She will always be remembered and missed . Beautiful Lady . ~Venice Spooner
Stand and family, Al and I were sadden to see that Maureen has passed away. Such a wonderful, happy person to be around we will miss her laugh. Please know that we are thinking of all you during this very difficult time ~Al and Kathy Thomson
Stan and family,
My sincere condolences in the loss of Maureen. She was such an upbeat person and I loved getting to know her through our sons hockey days and work. A piece of your family is missing but you have THE best angel watching over you all...sending love ~Nancy Saruk (Kilburn)
Thoughts and prayers with you Stan and family. Maureen was a very special educator and human being. ~Barry Wowk
Stan and Family so sorry to read of Maureens's passing. May she rest in peace, free from pain. I remember her well as principle at HEB. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ~Rose Ann And Frank Kurek (Twerdohlib)
May you find comfort in knowing that others share not only your sorrow, but also the memories of your loved one whose life touched many lives with kindness. ~Dale & Donna Brown
We are so sorry that you lost your wife, mother and grand-mother, at such a young age. Thinking about all of you at this very sad time. ~Brian and Barb Spilchuk
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. ~Rene Chalut
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Maureen. ~Jane Coats and Family
Sorry to hear about Auntie Maureen, our thoughts are with you, you always brought a smile to my face with your sense of humor, your nephew ~Rick.
Lesley & family, although no words can take away the sorrow you bare, may it be comforting to know that others are thinking of you. We send our condolences to you all. ~Lawren & Lori Wowk
Dear Stan and Family!
I am so very sorry to hear of Maureen's passing! We were colleagues for many years and was highly respected by so many others. Maureen was such a special lady and educator!
Blessings, ~Pat Berlinguette
Stan and family,
It’s with heavy hearts that we learn of Maureen’s passing. Maureen was truly a beautiful lady. Our thoughts are with you. ~Gail and Marshall Hasiuk
Dear Uncle Stan & family:
We are so sorry to hear about Auntie Maureen.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our door is always open
~Love Randy, Eileen, Coltin, Lexi & Jay Batke
Our condolences to you Stan, family and friends of Maureen. May all your fond memories of the good times and knowledge of how she touched so many lives help you through this difficult time. ~Gilles & Vicky Lefebvre
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies, our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Lots of fun and many good laughs were had during the time Maureen spent at Ardmore School. ~John & Ann Kostyshyn
Wanting you to know , your wife, mom and Grama touched so many hearts, we have lost a great women. We will all have great memories to share of Maureen, For me it will be her great laugh and her love of life. Spend time together and over time you will be able to share your memories. ~Ron and Linda Martens
To Stan and Family,
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We will always remember the fun times. ~Edmond & Gail Brosseau
Our deepest condolences to Stan and family. Maureen had the widest smile and the biggest heart. She was a wonderful teaching colleague and a good friend. We are thinking of you, knowing that memories will always keep her near. ~Trudy, Rick Campbell and family
Maureen shares an remarkable legacy with amazing children and grandchildren to carry on her spirit. I’m so incredibly sorry that she was taken too quickly from this earth. ~The Hadland family
We were so sorry to hear about Maureen. She will be dearly missed. ~Lyle & Patsy Brossart
To Stan, Lesley, Christian and families - I loved working with Maureen. She lived and taught with such passion - she did everything with such vigour - I couldn't keep up but learned so much from her. I am so sad she was taken so suddenly and too early. She touched many lives and will not be forgotten. May memories of her laughter and her fighting spirit support you during this sad time. ~Connie MacLeod
Stan & Family:
We have written many words to you & to Mo. No need to fill the pages here. We hope & pray you understand how we feel about MO. We sure will miss her.
May the Good Lord Bless & keep Mo's eternal soul forever
~Len & Sharon Lofthus
To Stan, Leslie, Kristian, & families,
Maureen was first and foremost a cheerleader. She shot from the hip through her heart and could get her message across in a few words that most would take paragraphs. She was a generous, kind, colleague with an amazing sense of humour and a caring principal to my children. Mo never fixed your problems, she shared the tools to DYI while championing from the sideline. A true leader and a talented educator - kind generous, and loving. Her children and grandchildren are an amazing tribute and beautiful legacy. She will be missed. xo ~Shaula Corr and family
What a girl! She touched countless lives. She’s leaving a legacy of people and of hard work behind. Mo makes us all want to be better, act better.
~Sherry Mindel, Palm Springs
So very sad to hear the the passing of Maureen. My heart goes out to the family. Maureen was a joyful and supportive colleague. She was a trooper in all that she did. She will continue to make a difference through all those she touched️~Dawn Cosman
Maureen had a great sense of humour, easily made friends with and related to people, had a deep understanding of education, loved children, and always put her heart and soul into all that she did. I am fortunate to have numerous memories of the privilege of having her as a close work colleague for many years. Deepest condolences to Stan and family.