Elveria S. Miller, nee Schwarze, 95, formerly of the Maeystown, IL area , died December 27, 2021, in Waterloo, IL. She was born June 9, 1926, near Fults, IL.
She is survived by her daughter Connie Turner; granddaughter Carrie Turner; step children Dr. Jay (Sherri) Werkhaven, Lisa Werkhaven, Mindy (Mark) Young, step grandchildren Josh (Jennifer) Snow, Nathan Franks, Kate (Phil) Carr; step great-grandchildren Tristen Snow and Stella Carr; nieces; and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her 1st husband Hilmer Kuergeleis, 2nd husband John Werkhaven, and 3rd husband George Miller; parents William F. & Emelia (nee Wilde) Schwarze; brother Wilber "Whip" Schwarze; and son-in-law Gregg Turner.
Elveria received her B.A. from McKendree College and Masters Degree from S.I.U. Carbondale in 1966. She worked as a school teacher at Valmeyer and the Alton Catholic Children's Home, she served as Director of Special Ed for the Alton and Granite City School Districts. She was a member of St. John UCC - Maeystown, Order of the Eastern Star past Matron, past president of Monroe County Home Extension, board member of Uni-Pres Kindercottage, and board member of Southwest IL Area Agency on Aging, recipient of the Women of Achievement Award YMCA in Alton, Sunday School Teacher at Maeystown and Wood River, started day camp for Monroe Council for the Handicapped, served as Assistant Chaplain at Alton Memorial Hospital, and Eunice Smith Nursing Home - Alton, IL, and was a board member of Easter Seal Society of SW Illinois. She led a life of generosity committed to others, especially children with special needs and the elderly. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, quilting/crafts, and camping.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
Uni-Pres Kindercottage, St. John UCC - Maeystown, Shriner's Hospital, or Whispering Pines - Oak Hill
12 Noon until time of service Thursday, December 30, 2021 at St. John United Church of Christ
**Please note: We ask that everyone wears a mask and please use social distancing guidelines.**
2:30 PM Thursday, December 30, 2021 at St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown, IL
Pastor Patrick Poole officiating
Interment at St. John Cemetery in Maeystown, IL