MUELLER, Frances

Posted: August 27th, 2019


FRANCES ELAINE MUELLER (née Meikle) passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Leduc Community Hospital on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the age of 78 years.

Besides her beloved husband, Peter, of Lethbridge, Elaine is survived by her son, Kyril, his wife Hevin and their children Adreus and Kyssara of Alberta; daughter Alison, her husband, Randy, and their children Leighton and Cosette McDonald of Calgary; and her daughter Celeste Mueller of Calgary; as well as older brothers, Giles and Lorne Meikle of Toronto and their families.

Elaine was born in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 30, 1941 and died in Edmonton August 24, 2019, freed from 11 years of suffering with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). When she was in grade two, Elaine decided she was a teacher and a dedicated teacher she became, earning a B.Ed. in Physical Education and a B.A. in Classics at the University of Alberta. Elaine practiced her profession in Edmonton, Nelson, B.C., Calgary, and Lethbridge, at first in Physical Education and later in Home Economics. She also taught Driver Education with AMA and Social Dance at Lethbridge Community College (LCC).

Always an eager student, Elaine satisfied her curiosity by taking summer classes in Seattle, and Boulder in the United States and, Oxford and St. Andrews in the U.K. In Lethbridge, she enjoyed courses at LCC in cooking and sewing. These courses produced garments the family was proud to wear and many meals they were delighted to eat.

As a teacher, Elaine loved her students, especially those who struggled. Believing learning did not take place only in classrooms, she coordinated a ceramics club. Believing in professional development, she played an active role in the HomeEc Council and the CTS Council. Believing a solution to every problem could be found in a book, Elaine became an avid reader of non-fiction.

The family thanks Lucy, Brittany and Sheilah, her Home Care Aides, for their dedication, friendship and service over the past three years, and extends a special thank you to Dr. Roland Ikuta for his generous help and support over the past eleven years.

The Prayer Service will be at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH – 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. with Deacon Michael Pollard officiating.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 12:00 noon with Father William Monis celebrating.

Elaine will be laid to rest in HOLY CROSS CEMETERY in Edmonton, AB on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. with Father Jim Corrigann officiating.

Memorial tributes may be made to the New West Theatre Endowment Fund, through the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, #50, 1202 – 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0E3.

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