and did she live her life in accordance with it's teachings?
It's entirely possible she lived her life in more accord with Christ's teachings than any of us.
.... but the fact remains that she was never part of the Orthodox Church, therefore she cannot be venerated as an Orthodox saint.
No one is talking about the Church venerating her as a saint.
Are not our homes and prayer corners supposed to be a "little church"?
There are lots of people venerated at home that are not canonized by the Church. How are saints canonized if not by popular veneration?
unfortunately using -that- logic in this case.....is not useful.
Popular veneration of an Orthodox holy person can lead to them being recognized as a Saint, but you can't apply that to a Catholic person or a Protestant person.
i.e. Just because I decide to venerate Calvin, doesn't make him suitable for later Sainthood.
Another ridiculous example. Arius = Calvin = St Therese is silly. We are rational creatures. We can look at a person's life and make a rational judgement that they led a holy life. Everything outside of Orthodoxy is not evil.
Everything outside of Orthodoxy is not good either. Only within the Church can we be guaranteed that, and only within the Church can we be shown for sure what constitutes a holy life.