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Saturday March 10, 2012

Eleanor Joan Miller
Dusty Miller
Aug 3, 1929 - Feb 14, 2012

Dusty, the eldest, of the seven children of William and Katherine Faircloth was born and raised in Fort William. She is survived by her sister Marilyn Pylypiw (Jim) and brothers Robert (Jean) Faircloth, Gerald (Marlene) Faircloth and Ken (Naida) Faircloth. She is also survived by a sister-in-law Ruth (Don) Lamphiear, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas B. Miller 1996; her brother Donald Faircloth 2003 and her sister Barbara Sinclair 2005.Dusty and her husband moved to England after their marriage in 1949 and it was there Dusty's passion for theatre and the arts evolved. The Millers returned to Canada and Thunder Bay in 1954. In her nine years as Artistic Director for Cambrian Players Dusty directed 26 plays and musicals. She taught theatre and television arts in high schools and designed and co- directed the drama program for the Fine Arts Division at Lakehead University. She also taught in the Confederation College Performing Arts Management Program. Dusty became a city councillor in 1974 and became the first female Mayor of Thunder Bay in 1978-1980. She returned as a city councillor in 1985 and served until 1991.As Mayor Dusty was a member of all standing committees and she chaired the Police Commission. She was twice elected to the Board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities of Ontario.As counsellor Dusty chaired the City's Community Service Committee. She was a representative on numerous boards including the Children's Aid Society, Library Board, Social Planning Council, Magnus Theatre, The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Community Auditorium, Theatre Ontario of which she is a founding member, the Art Gallery of Ontario and on Lakehead University's Board of Governors for 11 years. During her career Dusty received many awards. Some of them include the Northwestern Ontario Business Award for Influential Women, the Maggie Bassett Award presented by Theatre Ontario in recognition for her outstanding contribution to theatre in Ontario, the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Presidents Award, the Order of Ontario and recently was appointed Fellow of Lakehead University in recognition of her long and distinguished service to the University and the Community. Dusty loved the community of Thunder Bay and fondly remembered such successes as the creation of the Community Auditorium, the McIntyre Floodway and the first stages of waterfront beautification. These successes she attributed to the hard work of dedicated volunteers and was always humbled by their energy, desire and determination. A Celebration of life was held for Dusty Miller on Feb 24, 2012 at the Community Auditorium.

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