Emily Angela McMillin
Emily Angela McMillin
  • March 14, 1926 - December 26, 2017
  • Tucson, Arizona

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Emily Angela McMillin, 91

TUCSON---Emily Angela McMillin (nee Mueller), 91, a 56 year resident of Tucson, Az., was greeted and peacefully guided by her husband John D. McMillin Jr. and her parents, Louis M. and Emily V. Mueller, and her brother, Louis M., Jr., into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday December 26th, 2017.
Born March 14, 1926 in Baltimore, Md. to Louis and Emily Mueller, she was later to be joined by a brother, Louis. Her and her family moved to Philadelphia, Pa. when she was seven. Her father worked on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad for 30 years, which took her to many wonderful places on the east coast and inspired her love of travel. In 1942, she met her future husband, John D. McMillin Jr., while he was on leave from the U.S. Army Air Corps. She graduated from Bartrum High School, in Philadelphia, in 1944. John and Emily were married in 1945 in Philadelphia.
Emily was a working military wife who donated her time to many military organizations, bowling leagues, churches and scout activities at the numerous airbases that her husband and she were stationed at until he retired in 1965. The last member of the family was born just after moving to Tucson - known as the bonus baby, Kathy.
Emily's civilian life was even more hectic. She worked running a home with six children. The Tucson family increased in size when her parents joined us in 1968. Her spare time was donated to Our Mother of Sorrows while her sons attended school there and in 1972 made St. Pius X her home, where she was a Eucharistic Minister, served on the Finance Committee and worked with the Samaritans, along with other various charities and organizations.
She became active in politics, becoming a Democratic Precinct Committeeman in the late 1960's. In 1972, she pursued her desire to have a college degree, achieving this goal with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Phi Theta Kappa, from Pima Community College. Emily's passion was life-long learning and pushed any and all who wanted to pursue an education.
After earning her degree she volunteered her time in her youngest daughter's classes, Kindergarten through fourth grade at Anna Henry School, and much later to help in her grandson's classes at Dietz Elementary.
In 1978 she lost the presence of the love of her life, John. At the same time, she was offered a job at the fledgling Pima Community College - East Campus, on Broadway/Pantano, in the Life Science department as a Lab Specialist. It's there she would discover she loved to teach, as well. She would tutor science students on the bones of the human body, etc. and was remembered by former students who would thank her for helping them get through the tough subject matter. Being a "shaker and a mover", Emily passed around petitions and attended Board of Governors' meetings to push for a permanent campus on the east side of town. Credited by the college with being instrumental in the formation of the East Campus, she was honored to be one of two to be given the College's first Distinguished Staff award. Emily worked at the East Campus from 1978 - 1993, and loved every minute of it. She really enjoyed working with Maxie, Rob, and countless other instructors, but mostly loved the students. To help her beloved campus and its students, she would buy books from St. Vincent de Paul for a nickel each and pack her garage to the brim. Selling the books on campus achieved the dual roles of getting more books into the hands of students and raise money for the East Campus Library. She would also spread the word around, when there was a student in need to help them with the cost of books or even to pay a bill.
Emily was an avid genealogist. She traced her father's German ancestry back to a small village, Herolz, Germany. It was there that Emily found the peace and love of yet another family. After many visits, back and forth, it seemed that Emily and her cousin, Maria, had become sisters and Emily's family grew again.
Emily is survived by their six children, John D. III (Oralia), Virginia R. Marsh (Edgar, Jr), Michael T. (Carla), Patrick J. (Michelle), Charles W. (Cyndi), Kathleen A. Kent (Troy) and daughter-in-law, Lee Allen. She also leaves 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, extended family: Maria (Ambrose), Astrid, Kerstin, Sabina, and their families and most of the village of Herolz, Germany.
Special thanks to her daughter Kathleen and care giver Theresa, for all they have done for mom. We are also grateful to the wonderful angels of Casa de la Luz Hospice, especially Ashley.
Viewing will be on January 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 1800 Camino Pio Decimo, Tucson, with mass and reception to follow. Interment will take place at East Lawn Palms Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Rd. on January 3, 2018.
We release her back to you, Dad. Thank you, Lord, for giving us such a wonderful mother.