SARDIÑA-MILES—Elia Sardiña-Miles passed away on April 1, 2022.
Born in Havana, Cuba on July 9, 1943, to Ricardo Rafael Sardiña and Elia Sotolongo Sardiña, Elia came to the USA in 1960 after being forced to leave Cuba shortly before her 17th birthday.
In 1964, the family moved to Oregon and Elia attended Pacific University for a year, then transferred to Humboldt State College studying to become a teacher. She returned to Oregon after receiving her BA and got her teaching certificate from Portland State College.
She taught French and Spanish at Linfield University in McMinnville for many years and started the Spanish program at Amity High School. Elia worked for the Oregon Employment Department but missed teaching, and came to Florence in 1984, where she taught at the Siuslaw middle and high schools for many years. She loved her students and their energy.
Elia was a leader in the Confederation in Oregon for Language Teaching, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and the Oregon Chapter of the National Organization for Women. She finally retired from teaching in 1997 due to medical reasons.
She and her husband, Frank M. Miles, had over 51 years of good life together. They raised one son, Frank T.S. Miles.
Elia loved travel, was always curious and interested in learning new things. She enjoyed backpacking, cross country skiing, camping and rock hounding. She was an ardent Duck fan, loved movies, and was an avid reader.
Elia died peacefully at home on April 1, 2022, after a prolonged illness. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. There will be no service; the family asks that any gifts of remembrance be made to a charity of your choice.