Edith Hoisington Miller
Edith Hoisington Miller passed away peacefully in Fredericton, NB on August 6th, 2017 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital surrounded by members of her family. She was born on July 30th, 1932 in Ossining, New York to the late Frederick Reed Hoisington (1898-1985) and Elizabeth Abercrombie Hoisington (1897-1982).
After two years of liberal arts studies, she began working as a secretary in New York City, eventually in publishing with the McGraw-Hill Book Company, and as a freelance compositor for science books. Through her participation in choral groups she met and married the love of her life, Michael R. Miller. They recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.
In addition to her husband, Edith is survived by her three sons, Andrew (Deanna Musgrave), Nate (Cynthia Ryder) and Joel Miller (Christine Jensen); grandchildren Lucy, Ella and Liv; sister Lucy May Hoisington; brother Reed Hoisington, and several cousins, nieces, nephews and family. She is predeceased by her beloved grandson Isaac Miller (1999-2014) and sister Libbess Hoisington (1924-2011). Family was of utmost importance to Edith.
Edith had the heart of an artist as a creative writer and poet. She was inspired by the beauty of the natural world and treasured her visits to the family island, Ram Island in Maine, USA. She also loved and was moved by music which surrounded her due to her husband and three boys’ musical professions. She recently published her inspired poems about art, music and nature in "Crow Impressions & Other Poems." She also wrote her insights into her memoirs "Islands and Mainlands."
Edith was active in a wide range of community‐based art organizations, including the Sackville Community Art Centre. She participated in choral singing, dancing and creating writing programs. She taught creative movement to children and adults. In addition, she has been involved in social justice work, including alliance building with First Nations communities. She wrote a biweekly column for the Sackville Tribune-Post on environmental, justice, and Indigenous Canadian issues. She has done publicity writing for arts organizations and has contributed articles on the arts, especially on dance, to various publications.
Edith Miller is a member of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, from whom she has received awards for her nonfiction and poetry. She has also been a juried member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada. The Millers are members of New Brunswick Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
The private family memorial for Edith will take place on August 10th, 2017 and a public Quaker celebration of her life will be on Saturday, August 19th at Holy Cross House, St. Thomas University, 845 Montgomery St. at 2pm. There will be no funeral services or visitation by request of the family. For those who wish, donations in Edith’s memory may be made to Symphony New Brunswick and Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC) www.quakerservice.ca.