Patricia Carolyn Milino
(nee Champion-Taylor) and formerly Seefeldt and Baxter, born on March 17, 1926, passed away peacefully with her daughters at her side on June 24, 2016 in Trail, BC. Mom, Grandma, GiGi and Aunty was born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario and raised in Rama, Saskatchewan. She was the 4th of 6 children, born to Edward Champion-Taylor, a “little immigrant”, and Carrie Mae Herod. She was predeceased by her son, Gary, husbands Carl Seefeldt, Lawrence Baxter and Joseph Milino, and by both parents and her 5 siblings. She is survived by her son Ron (Shipra, Greg, Anjali), daughter Karen Cappelletto (George, Jesse (Erica, Amelia, Sonja), Joel & Kelly), and daughter Robin Seefeldt (Bob Todd), several nieces, nephews and their families. Mom was very proud to have served her country during WW2, and is a veteran of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC). She attended Southern Alberta Institute of Technology following the war and studied Commercial Art. It was here she met and fell in love with Carl Seefeldt. They were married in 1948 and soon moved to Rossland, where they raised their 4 children. Mom was an amazing seamstress and made clothing for her children and family. She contributed to the family income by taking in sewing, creating many specialty items for clients, including beautiful wedding dresses and formal gowns, and later working as a seamstress in retail. Mom loved learning, and in 1971 commenced a college education, graduating from UBC in 1976 with a B.Ed (Sec), and a double major in Home Ec and Commerce. She loved her teaching career over the next 15 years, and was so proud to have been a positive influence on so many young lives in the Langley area. In her spare time, she partook in Eastern Star Lodge, dancing, church activities and choir, as well as piano, sewing and handicrafts. Mom returned to the Trail area in 2013 to be close to her daughters. Here, she enjoyed her life at Mountainside Village in Fruitvale, her hobbies and reading, and most especially, her regular outings and lunches with her daughters. We will be forever grateful that Mom returned to the area to spend her final years. To the end, she was bright and humourous, showed an amazing perseverance, and always moved forward with incredible optimism. Her life was never especially easy, but her strength of character and her compelling joy for living made each day her treasure. What would Mom want to leave us with? Live each day to it’s fullest; treasure every moment and every person in your life. Have dignity, learn, and share your blessings. Love without reserve. Be thankful. Never let fear get in the way of your dreams and aspirations. Mom’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 09th at 11:30am at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #11, 2141 Columbia Avenue, Trail, with Reverend Doug Lewis officiating, Last Post Service, Legionnaires please attend. Interment to follow at a later date. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to; The Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Health Foundation (Renal Unit) at 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, BC, V1R 4M1 or online at
www.kbrhhealthfoundation.ca or the Trail Legion Veterans’ Fund.
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