Eleanor Toms Miner (March 20, 1922 – April 3, 2015)
Friday, April 24, 2015 11:24 AM
Eleanor Toms Miner was born on March 20, 1922 in Antwerp, Ohio, where her family ran a coal and ice business. She and her family drove across the country to live in Spokane, Washington when Eleanor was two years old. She grew up in Spokane and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School.
Eleanor’s family moved to Seattle so she could attend the University of Washington, where Eleanor majored in art and fashion design. Her parents ran a boarding house in the University District. Eleanor taught ballroom dancing at Edna O’Brien’s Dance Studio and modeled at Rhode’s Department Store in downtown Seattle during her college years. It was at the dance studio that Eleanor met the love of her life, Walter Miner. He wanted to learn dance steps so he could take another girl out, but that gal lost out to the dance instructor.
Walt and Eleanor married at her sister Pauline’s house in West Seattle on June 12, 1942. Despite wanting to wait two years before having children, their daughter Carol showed up 10 months later in April 1943. Three years later son Robert (Bob) appeared. Daughters Patricia and Marilyn came along in 1953 and 1955.
Eleanor learned about boats, fishing, and the outdoors from Walt. Her family enjoyed a lifetime of fun adventures boating on Puget Sound and spending time at the log cabin in Darrington. Eleanor and Walt also loved traveling to warmer climates such as Hawaii and Arizona.
Eleanor shared her creativity and artistic talents in many ways. She called for square dances and sang in choir, trios, and duets. Eleanor designed invitations and created skits and programs for the church and Campfire Girls. She had great fun creating themes and props for parties and became talented at putting her programs to rhyme. Eleanor belonged to Garden Club, Children’s Home Guild, dance clubs, and a bowling league. Eleanor and Walt opened their Magnolia home for a wide variety of functions. Later she became an accomplished watercolor artist and an aerobic dance instructor. Eleanor was the oldest aerobic dance instructor in Seattle and finally retired at the age of 80.
After Walt passed away in 2005 Eleanor sold her Magnolia home and moved to Cristwood, where she continued contributing her talents. Eleanor created New Year’s Eve thematic programs. She wrote the scripts, choreographed, rehearsed, and directed the shows. She enjoyed her years at Cristwood very much and appreciated the many friends she made there. Eleanor remained as active as she could until her failing health prevented her from participating as fully in the activities she loved.
Eleanor passed away peacefully on Good Friday, April 3rd, surrounded by love. She felt very blessed to have had a full life of 93 years. Eleanor will be greatly missed by her family: daughters Carol and husband Ron Erickson; Patricia and husband Larry DuCharme; Marilyn and husband Ben Nakagawa; daughter-in-law Beth Miner; grandsons Matthew Miner, wife Charity and children Lucy, Joshua, and Ben; Andrew DuCharme; Mark Miner, wife Virginia and children Ivan, Gibbs, and Ana; Walter DuCharme, wife Jenna and son Paul. She will also be missed by many extended family members and friends who were very important in Eleanor’s life. The death of her son Bob in 2013 was a profound loss to Eleanor and her family.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Eleanor Toms Miner will be held at the Magnolia Presbyterian Church, 3051-28th Ave. West, on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Magnolia Presbyterian Church, 3051-28th Ave. West, Seattle, WA 98199, or Medic One Foundation, MS 359747, 325 Ninth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104-2420.