Violet “Muriel” Millard passed away peacefully February 26th at Parksville, with daughter, Lorna, by her side.
Descended of Manitoba pioneers, Muriel was born Sept 2nd, 1914 at Hamiota, Manitoba to Fred and Naomi Cook (Decker) and raised in nearby Kenton. Muriel completed Winnipeg Normal School and taught for 12 years, in Stockdale, Carberry and Minnedosa, MB, always performing in local choirs and orchestras.
On September 24th, 1948, Muriel married Robert Poole Millard. They lived in Burnaby, Abbotsford and Chilliwack, where Muriel taught piano and sang in the United Church choir. Music was a great passion. Muriel also enjoyed gardening, reading and playing bridge, and loved travelling with family and friends.
Muriel was predeceased by her parents, sister Jean (Byrd), and brothers LeRoy and Lorne Cook. In 2002, following the death of her husband Bob, she moved from Chilliwack to Parksville, to be near her daughter.
Muriel will be remembered as spirited, witty, passionate and devoted to friends and family. Her life will be celebrated both in a brief interment service at Chilliwack Cemetery March 28th at 1:00 p.m., and a family gathering on Sunday, March 29th.
A heartfelt thanks to Arrowsmith Lodge staff, who cared for Muriel with diligence, grace and affection.