November 19, 1940 - October 23, 2022
It is with profound sadness that the family of Edna Miles announce her passing at the age of 81 years. She was surrounded by her loved ones at the time she passed.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Donna Miles, Julie (Mike) Phelps, Jeff (Christy) Miles and Deanna (Sean) Grant; grandchildren: Adam, Elizabeth, Katie, Bradley, Jeffrey, Parker, Austin, Emily, Anthony, Versean and Jack; great-grandchildren: Amber, Kiera, Theo, Anthony, Aaliyah, Lorenzo, Jeremiah, Josiah and Isaiah; sister Lucy (Julius) Unrein, and many more family members and friends. Her beloved daughter Gina Miles and grandson, Paul predeceased her.
Edna was born and raised in Kansas, the youngest of fourteen children, to Fred and Anna Schuckman. She married the late Roger Miles and they moved to Florida to raise their family. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who was always there when we needed her and was happiest when we were all around her. She looked forward to every event she could attend, recitals, concerts, sports, graduations for her children and grandchildren.
She was an accomplished seamstress, an avid reader and an expert bargain hunter. We could ask her to make, alter or mend any item, from wedding dress to costume to drapes, it would be perfect and better made than any store-bought item. For a few years she was a member of The Stichery at St. Joseph parish in Winter Haven. The group of women sewed items to be raffled for fund raising and she was proud that her items were top sellers. She loved to browse the clearance sections and was always on the lookout for items for her children and grandchildren much more than for herself.
She was very organized and efficient. One of her favorite places to shop was a used bookstore. She bought an address book to keep a log by author of books she had already read so she wouldn’t buy one a second time, because that was a waste of money. Long before “reduce, recycle, reuse” was a common practice, she was doing just that. Food containers, aluminum foil and baggies were washed and reused. Always prepared, if you needed a measuring tape, safety pin, baggie, cough drop, tissue or snack it was likely to be in her purse.
She loved to travel and was so excited when her family took her on trips with them. Her love of family was followed by a close second, sweets. Holiday gatherings were a favorite, partly because of all the desserts, and her instructions for portions to “be generous” and serving sizes to be “large” will be remembered with a smile. We will miss her generosity, advice, sharp wit and her sass. We love you more.
Memorial service will be Saturday October 29, 2022, at 10:00 am. Family and friends will be gathering at Front Page Brewery in Bartow to celebrate her life after the service.