Eleanor Rain Milner
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Eleanor Rain Milner, 94, died March 2, 2014 in Winston-Salem, NC. She was a resident of Brookridge Retirement Community. Mrs. Milner was born November 9, 1919 in Wood River, IL to Mary Ann Tisius Rain and John Clifford Rain.
She was educated as a registered nurse and trained at City Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She relished the nursing profession and always thought of herself as a nurse in the present as well as in the past. She married Robert Carl Milner on March 17, 1950 who predeceased her. He was a pharmacist/owner of Milner Rexall Drugs in Carrollton, IL, where Eleanor worked long hours in addition to rearing three children and volunteering with the PTA and her church. She was a member of Carrollton United Methodist Church and joined Maple Springs United Methodist Church when she moved to Winston-Salem. Her great joy was reading and she once referred to hell as "a place without books".
She is survived by a sister Mary Catherine Chappell of Jerseyville, IL; and nephew, James Chappell of Mesa, AZ. She is also survived by a daughter Eleanor Victoria Wilson Strandhoy and husband Dr. Jack Strandhoy, of Winston-Salem; and son, Robert Joseph Milner and wife Candice Milner, of Sedalia, MO; grandchildren Dr. Suzanne Vining (Dr. Neil Vining) of Raleigh, NC, Laura Amin (Raj Amin) of Brooklyn, NY, Beth Lyles (Ben Lyles) of Sedalia, MO and Rachel Whanger of Lee's Summit, MO; and great-grandchildren Eric, Alexander and Devyn Vining, Anya and Zoe Amin, Chase, Trenton, Isabelle, Addison, and Maxwell Lyles and Makhi Jaff.
Mrs. Milner was predeceased by her husband, a daughter, Carol Ann Milner, a nephew, Richard Chappell and a grandson, Daniel Whanger.
The family wishes to especially thank the loving care over the past several years provided by Cathie Guarantano, Larinda Carroway and Janice Glenn.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Carrollton, IL at a later date.
Arrangements are being handled by the Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home, Winston-Salem, NC. Condolences may be offered online at www.hayworth-miller.com