Ellie Miley

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Miley, Ellie – nee Butler
October 21, 1921 – January 20, 2013
Ellie passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013 in Langley, B.C. She was 91. Her husband Jim, and daughter Patti, predeceased her. Surviving Ellie are children, Laurie Clarke (Jim Wright) and Jamie (Terry); grandchildren, Ryan Clarke (Segita), Brady Clarke (Christine), and Jennifer Evans (David); great grandchildren, Hunter, Kieran and MacKenzie, plus numerous nieces and nephews. And boy, did she love them all. Ellie was born in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. She grew up with her brothers and sisters, Mel, Gen, Ken, and June. The Butlers were a lively and loving family who remained close throughout their lives. Ellie settled in Saskatoon where she met the love of her life, Jim. Like so many of her generation, she watched him serve his country in the Second World War. When he returned, they moved to Regina and started a family. Years later they moved to Saskatoon where they developed many lasting friendships. While Ellie truly loved her family, a close second was politics. She was, in her own words, "a red hot Liberal." She worked in executive positions on many provincial and federal campaigns. In 1968, she attended the Liberal convention in Ottawa that saw the election of Pierre Trudeau as Prime Minister. She was very proud to have signed his nomination papers at that historic plenary. Ellie had a gift for public speaking, and this skill was eagerly passed onto her kids, nieces/nephews, and the kids of friends of hers who entered various oratorical competitions in Saskatoon. If you were "coached" by Ellie your chances of winning went up exponentially! Ellie was a great cook, loved to entertain, and was fond of getting together with friends and family. She was a knock out! Her sense of style, and her physical beauty, perfectly matched the compassionate and loving soul underneath. There were numerous – too many to count - health challenges in her life. Through all of them there was that indomitable spirit of hers that kept her always grateful, and always smiling. She had incredible grace, and a sense of humour to match. To all of the caregivers who attended to mom over the years, a heartfelt "Thank you." Ellie was deeply loved by many. She was one of a kind, and all who knew her will miss her so much. A family service will be planned for a later date as per Ellie's wishes.

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Feb. 16, 2013
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