Obituary of Elvera Millang
Elvera Frances (Eckstrand) Millang
(January 18, 1924 - July 30, 2021)
Elvera Frances Millang, beloved mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister-in-law, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully on July 30th, 2021 at the age of 97. Elvera spent her last days surrounded by family, and in the loving care of the staff at Bashaw Meadows.
Elvera was born to Edla and Charles Eckstrand on their family homestead south of Sedgewick. After completing her schooling, Elvera worked for neighbouring families, moving into their homes and sewing for them. Elvera used whatever clothing and fabric they had to remake outfits for the children. Elvera’s innate talent for sewing took her to Camrose where she opened her own dressmaking shop. It was there that she met the love of her life, Oliver Millang.
Together with their three children, Elvera and Oliver worked hard to build up their family farm. Elvera enjoyed sewing, landscape painting, gardening, cake decorating, and creating a beautiful and loving home. At the age of 50, Elvera began work as a ward aide at the Rosehaven Care Centre. She enjoyed caring for her residents and spent her free time visiting with the ladies, painting their nails and sharing her love.
Faith was an integral part of Elvera’s life and Messiah Lutheran Church was her second home. Elvera’s sewing talents were well displayed in the many banners she created and with the numerous quilts she sewed for Lutheran World Relief.
Life was not always easy for Elvera, but she met life’s challenges with grace, kindness, and compassion. Service to others was of upmost importance. Those fortunate enough to know Elvera experienced her love and unconditional acceptance.
Nothing brought Elvera more joy than spending time with family. She cherished her grandchildren and was a constant presence in their lives. Many hours were spent in their company: visiting, playing games, and enjoying her delicious meals. She was also delighted to become a great-grandma and lit up every time she saw her precious little ones. Elvera was the best mom, mother-in-law, grandma and great-grandma!
Elvera leaves to cherish her memory: her children Leanne Millang of Edmonton, Colin & Donna Millang of Sherwood Park, and Karen & Dave Nelson of Camrose; granddaughter Maria & Mark Skriver of Camrose and their children Cohen, Alec & Carson; granddaughter Melanie & Murray Kowalczyk of Edmonton and their children Jack & Zoey; grandson Joshua Millang & Donnelle Stevenson of Camrose; special friend Dani Osterwalder of Camrose; brother-in-law Lester & Agnes Millang of Camrose; sister-in-law Harriet Campbell of Edmonton; sister-in-law Ardith Eckstrand of Killam; and numerous nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.
Elvera was predeceased by Oliver in 1993, her parents and her siblings, and her nephew Gary Heer.
Elvera’s family held a memorial service to honour her memory on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 at 2:00pm at Messiah Lutheran Church in Camrose, Alberta.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to The Bethany Group Foundation in memory of Elvera Millang.