Rose Octavia McMillin
Rose Octavia McMillin
  • December 15, 1919 - March 16, 2016
  • Louisiana

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The family of Rose Octavia (Coots) McMillin announces her passing from this world to the next, so that those who wish to offer prayers for the repose of her soul and to visit with the family may do so. Visitation will commence at Hixson Funeral Home in Welsh on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Rosary will be prayed at 6:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Seven Dolors in Welsh on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Charles McMillin as Celebrant. The Committal Service will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Please join the family and the worshiping community for either the Rosary or the Mass or both to lift up in prayer the soul of this woman who lived a life filled with joy and hope. The words of the song "How Can I keep From Singing" made popular by the group Enya in many ways describe the life of this dear southern lady. Let us share with you why we think this is so by quoting a few of the verses.

My life goes on in endless song
above earth's lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear it's music ringing,
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

If you were to ask anyone who knew Mrs. Rose, or Grandma as many knew her, they would tell you that she sang constantly. As children her and Earl's offspring would often hear her singing as she went about the daily task as a farmer's wife, cooking, washing, dusting, moping and so on. Because of her Cajun heritage she sang both in English and in Cajun French.

Mrs. McMillin is preceded in death by her husband of many years, Earl Leonard McMillin, her parents Richard and Julia (LeJeune) Coots, one son-in- law, Donnie, one daughter- in-law, Bridget, and one grandchild, Russell, as well as all of her siblings, as she was the last of her family line. Those who will hear the music of her life that remain are her children and their spouses, Judy (Dale), Barbara (Donnie), Charles (Bridget), Rosetta (Steve) and Michael (Yvette), as well as grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her children would like to express gratitude and thanks to the many throughout their mother's declining years for the love they showed in caring for her. All of us have learned from her joy-filled spirit and it is our prayer that the music of her life continues until the Lord of Heaven and Earth in that "new creation" returns to bring us all home, so how can we keep from singing.
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