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In Memory of

Jessie Bator Miga

October 12, 1916 - May 16, 2017

Obituary


Our beloved Jessie Bator Miga, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, passed away on May 16, 2017 in Pensacola, Florida. She was 100 years old. Her life revolved around her family, her faith, and her friends. One of the most important lessons I have learned, she once shared, is that what you do for others comes back to you in some way. And giving to others is how she lived. With this generous and loving spirit she brightened the lives of many and will live on in their memories.
Jessie was born in Capron, New...

Our beloved Jessie Bator Miga, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, passed away on May 16, 2017 in Pensacola, Florida. She was 100 years old. Her life revolved around her family, her faith, and her friends. One of the most important lessons I have learned, she once shared, is that what you do for others comes back to you in some way. And giving to others is how she lived. With this generous and loving spirit she brightened the lives of many and will live on in their memories.
Jessie was born in Capron, New York and raised with her siblings Fred, Stephen, Mickey, Clara, Ed, and Bernie in New York Mills. She and Felix Miga, her husband of 69 years, raised their five children, Betty Lou (Richard) Frye, Sylvia (Cliff) Anable, Felicia (Norman) Schrader, Eddie (Lorraine) Miga, and Brian (Dorene-Coco) Miga,
Even though it was common for girls to leave school after the eighth grade, she was disappointed when her studies ended. But family was also very important to Jessie. She was a hard worker and contributed to the family in every way she could. When she had her own children, she stressed the importance of education and was proud of the fact that all of her children went on to have productive and successful careers. The children all remained close and together have given her 16 grandchildren and thirty-five great grandchildren. She was proud of her Polish heritage and passed down Polish traditions, which she learned from her mother Julia, to her children and grandchildren. She was always in the kitchen preparing pierogis or baking banana bread. Once she spent days in the kitchen preparing cheesecake for over 100 people who attended one of her granddaughter's weddings.
Jessie's faith was very important to her throughout her life. She was a devout Catholic and a member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Pensacola, Florida. She loved the rituals of the Roman Catholic Church and found solace there during trying times. Even though she was firm in her own faith, she was never one to judge others. She was always tolerant and accepting of other people and of their different beliefs. Whenever she was in the Utica area she attended the little church known as The Sacred Heart of Jesus-Holy Cross, which the Bator family has attended for almost 100 years. After moving to Pensacola in 1974, Jessie and Felix became active in the community. Jessie presided over the Navy Mother's Club and, as president, floated a wreath in the sea as a memorial to those lost in the line of duty. She worked side by side with her husband to deliver Meals on Wheels, took part in the Silver Haired Legislature, established the Polish American Club and helped found the West Pensacola County Senior Citizens Center now named after her husband.
Jessie enjoyed life in her later years. She received her first driver's license and her first social security check in the same week. She learned to swim when she was 70, proudly swimming a lap across the Senior Center Pool for her family. Friends were very important to our Jessie and, because she had such a pleasant, loving, and non-judgmental demeanor, people enjoyed her company. She loved to play Bunco, Bingo, and Pinochle with all of her friends. Who says there isn't a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, she once exclaimed. For the last 18 years of her life, with the help of her other children, Jessie was lovingly cared for by her daughter Felicia. With this good care and her positive outlook, Jessie lived to be 100 years old still singing, smiling, and occasionally, still dancing.
A funeral mass will be held on June 24, 2017 at 10:30 am at Little Flower Catholic Church in Pensacola with Rev. Fr. Matthew Worthen officiating. An inurnment will be at Pensacola Memorial Gardens following the funeral mass. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jessie's name to Regency Hospice, 50 Beverly Parkway, Suite 200, Pensacola, FL 32505. Oak Lawn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.