Sidney Elizabeth Allee Miller, 76, passed away at her daughter’s home on December 8, 2018 after a 2 year battle with ovarian cancer.
Born October 4, 1942 in Eldon, Missouri, she was the daughter to Dr. James and Elizabeth Allee. She is survived by her brother Galt Allee (and wife Francine), her daughter Patricia Tabor Burke (and husband Tom), grandchildren Sidney and Tom Burke and cousin Grayson Kabler. Sidney also leaves behind her sweetheart, Jacques L’Heureux and her foster daughter, Mary Weston (and husband David).
Sidney was a fearless, creative spirit who brought warmth and joy to her family and friends. In her twenties, she worked in New York pitching fashion designs to magazine editors that could be made by using the yarn sold by her employer. She acted as “Nancy Baxter”, the person you could call with questions on how to knit or crochet the fashions featured in those magazines. She did all of this without actually knowing how to knit or crochet, but relied on her sewing knowledge and on her confidence that she could find the answer while promising to call the customer back.
For more than two decades, Sidney worked in educational publishing, bringing her unique innovations to improve the textbooks for K-12 students. A two-time restauranteur, she started her second restaurant, The Cottage in Hermann, MO, at age 60. At age 70, she took up painting and had already found success in selling her work. And right before her death, Sidney self-published her poem “The Trunk in the Corner.” Sidney was also a finalist in national quilt competitions and has had her work featured in quilting books. Sidney’s life was also full of small kindnesses which she shared with loved ones on a daily basis. She made everyone and everything feel special with her own unique warmth and style. She will be greatly missed but we are all better for having known and loved her.
Services will be held privately.