Elizabeth Nora "Betty" Miller

May 19, 1954 - June 14, 2024

Elizabeth Nora "Betty" Miller

May 19, 1954 - June 14, 2024


Betty – Elizabeth Nora Miller (nee Horton) peacefully crossed the finish line of her life on Friday, June 14th. Family and friends supported Betty as she ran her last lap. She is dearly missed by her family, Russ Horton, Heather Denny, Dawn Large and her ten nieces and nephews, Michael, Andrew, Dorothy, Fred, Elly, Alex, Charles, Naomi, Marijke, Bo and their families.

What was essential to Betty (Betsy) (Queen Elizabeth) (Nurse Betty) was her family and friends. Her natural awareness of others and their needs was a thread that ran through her life.

She grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, except for two elementary school years in Nigeria with her family. When the opportunity arose after high school, she headed off to the Bahamas to serve the underprivileged for a year and, as a bonus, met George. After their wedding, they moved to Nome, Alaska, where Betty nursed in a rural hospital, often flying out to small villages to help the sick. She used her small hospital training in the larger Alaskan and Texan hospitals. Betty loved learning, completing a Master’s in Health Education in Texas and a Master’s in Christian Studies at New College Berkeley, CA. Betty’s Christian faith was vital to her, and it deepened as life threw her curve balls. From these curve balls, her learnings, faith, and friends stood her in good stead.

Returning to Alaska, Betty worked as a school nurse with the Kenai School District. She excelled in this role. ‘Nurse Betty’ loved the kids, coaching track and cross-country, making practice times fun, being a school nurse on multiple school trips, including Russia and Europe, and sitting beside kids as they and their families went through hard times. Betty received the Alaska School Nurse of Excellence Award for her impact, creativity and professional standards. She loved Alaska, especially all her friends, the community and hiking in the ruggedness of the north. While happily an American citizen, she was a Canuck at heart. Betty travelled to all of Canada’s provinces just to see and learn about each one. Israel and the Galapagos Islands were highlight trips, along with her regular visits to her family.

Early in her twenties, Betty unfortunately acquired a brittle form of type 1 diabetes. This disease challenged her everyday living and empowered her health education work. After retiring, Betty received a double organ transplant. She was in constant amazement at being free from her decades of insulin dependency. She moved to Bellingham, WA, to be closer to her Victoria family, the Pacific Northwest and her organ transplant support team at Virginia Mason. In her way, Betty again reached out to neighbours, helped in her faith community, and hung out with her favourite (and only) Bellingham cousin, Eva. This time for Betty was a new lease on life until the long-term effects of diabetes began to show with dementia. Even with this new challenge, Betty’s faith in God never wavered. She continued to make friends and seek ways to help others, especially those who were alone or facing challenges.

Betty spent a life of giving as a nurse, and in her final days after her fall, she was on the receiving end of exceptional medical care at St Joseph’s Medical Centre Hospital and finally at Whatcom Hospice.

Betty, we miss you and the care, fun, and love you have poured into our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, please consider one of the following organizations in Betty’s honour.

Mercy ShipsWorld Vision  Doctors without Borders CA, Doctors without Borders USA

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Mercy Ships

  • Address: PO Box 1930, Garden Valley, TX 75771 - (Get Directions)
  • Website: https://donate.mercyships.org/for/inc/
  • Email Address: info@mercyships.org
  • Phone Number: (800) 772-7447
  • Description: Around the world in places without access to medical care, there are children, teens and adults suffering and dying from treatable causes. Without help, one child in eight will die before age 5. Together, we can reach these vulnerable children and families and provide the hope and healing they have been praying for. Our hospital ships are filled with state-of-the-art medical equipment and a volunteer crew of doctors, nurses, medical staff, technicians, teachers, physical therapists and other caring people driven by mercy to help make the world a better, healthier place for all.

World Vision

  • Address: 800 W Chestnut Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016 - (Get Directions)
  • Website: https://www.wvi.org/donate
  • Phone Number: +1(626) 303-8811
  • Description: World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Doctors Without Borders - CANADA

  • Address: 551 Adelaide Street West Toronto, Ontario, M5V 0N8 Canada - (Get Directions)
  • Website: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca/
  • Email Address: msfcan@toronto.msf.org
  • Phone Number: +1(800) 982-7903
  • Description: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides emergency medical humanitarian care to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. We provide assistance based on need, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion or political affiliation. We also speak out about the suffering we witness while carrying out our work.

Doctors Without Borders - USA

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1 responses to Elizabeth Nora "Betty" Miller

  1. So sad to hear of Betty’s passing. She was an awesome friend and confidant ; and boy was she fun to have adventures with. I recall heading down with Betty to volunteer in San Francisco with the Billy Graham Crusade back in the Summer of 1971. Our parents were very brave to send us off with the “boys” from Surrey in their camper. One of the highlights of the trip was singing in a choir of 6,000 voices. Imagine as we raised our voices in that Stadium filled to the brim with over 60,000 people. Betty was a one of a kind treasure!

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