Margaret Ann McMillon
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Margaret Ann McMillon, a loving mom and avid sports fan, died Jan. 4, 2014 in Hattiesburg, Miss. She was 79.
Born Sept. 26, 1934 in Ashland City, Tenn., she was the daughter of Nell Morris Harris, a grocery store owner, and Andrew Bee McMillon Sr., a farmer. She was the stepdaughter of Leonard Harris, a railroad worker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Edward Steven Kovach Jr., brother Andrew Bee McMillon Jr., brother Dr. Joseph Baxter McMillon, who started the first hospital in Ashland City, sister Audrey Louise Sullivan Tazelaar, and stepbrother Robert Littleton Harris.
She is survived by her daughter, Roxanne K. Douglas of Hattiesburg, stepsister Pheobe Jane Spann of Ashland City, granddaughters Jill Marie Douglas, Donna Renee Douglas-Brown and her partner Laura Elizabeth Douglas-Brown, all of Atlanta, Ga., and great granddaughters Josie Dylan Douglas-Brown and Carter Roxanne Douglas-Brown of Atlanta.
Margaret Ann, the youngest sibling by 12 years, contracted diphtheria as an infant and was treated like a princess throughout her life.
She was married for 30 years to the late Edward Steven Kovach, who served 32 years in the Army and retired with the rank of captain. She was charmed by his good looks, uniform and devotion, and he was swooned off his feet when he first eyed the diva of his dreams. They married in 1949 when she was 15 and were blessed with two children, two granddaughters, two great granddaughters and a variety of pets.
She left Cheatham County Central High School in Ashland City, where she played basketball, to become a bride. She later acquired her GED, earned a diploma as a licensed practical nurse and obtained a real estate certificate.
She loved going to the movies in her youth and would ride a bus from Ashland City to Nashville to see the big-screen musicals that were popular in the 1940s and '50s. Her love for the movie industry and Big Band era never wavered. And at 21 her beauty was celebrated when she was runner-up in the Mrs. North Carolina pageant.
During Ed's 32-year army career, which included the Korean War and Vietnam War, the couple was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Ky. twice, Ft. Bragg, N.C., Ft. Lewis, Wash., Ft. Jackson, S.C., Ft. Richardson, Alaska, Ft. Benning, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. They also visited Germany and Mexico City.
Margaret Ann was a devoted fan of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team and participated in softball, basketball, golf, bowling, bridge and water skiing most of her adult life as her health permitted. She checked the TV listings daily for air times of most sports.
She lived with her brother, Dr. Joe McMillon, and was his companion and caregiver in Hattiesburg, Miss., for many years. She lived with her daughter Roxanne for four years in Georgia, where she underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery in December 2010. She returned to Hattiesburg in September 2013, started dialysis and died of a massive brain stroke.
Margaret Ann experienced wonders of the USA that many of us would envy. She had a great life and will eventually rest beside her mother, along with Audrey and Dr. Joe, at Cheatham Memorial Gardens in Pleasant View, Tenn.
Moore Funeral Service
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Published in the Hattiesburg American on Jan. 26, 2014