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Imelda (known to all as Amy) Griffiths McMillan was born on August 1, 1930 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.

She met her husband, Neil, in Pittsburgh in 1949, and they married in February, 1950. Kathy was born in 1952, and pregnant with Sue, they moved to San Bernardino, California in 1953, residing there until 1964, when they moved to Yuba City for the open skies. Though homesick for So Cal, Amy came to love her home and friends in Yuba City. While the girls were growing up, family vacations included trips back east, as well as up and down the California coast and Sierra Nevada. In So Cal, weekends were spent on the beach, with Amy hiding under a beach umbrella to keep away from the sun! She was not as fond of camping as Neil, but she endured, always making sure the family had great homemade meals for every trip. She would break the ice on the water bucket in the morning and tell stories while the bears roamed outside the tent at night.

Once the girls grew up, she and Neil traveled to Europe, the British Isles, Mexico, and Alaska. Some of her best photographs were taken on those trips and many friends and family enjoyed them as they received their annual Christmas cards.

Amy was an accomplished photographer and a member of the Hub Camera Club - Gold Rush Chapter, as well as the Photographic Society of America. She also loved theatre and music; as a child, she occasionally skipped school to watch musicals at the movies. She had a beautiful voice and frequently sang aloud. She also loved to play slot machines and share her winnings with her family. She smiled and said it was good karma.

Amy thoroughly enjoyed her two grandchildren, was quite proud of their accomplishments, and would talk about them with anyone she met. She loved and was loved greatly by her husband and was never the same after Neil passed four years ago. She missed him terribly and said many times over the last years that she just wanted to be with him. We think she has joined him and will now be at peace.

Amy is survived by her daughters: Kathy Biagi of Mukilteo, Washington; and Sue McMillan Myers of Yuba City; and her grandchildren: Tevya Tufford Fetter of San Francisco, California; and Brian Biagi, of Reno, Nevada.

Amy passed on June 12, 2014. At her request, no service will be held.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in her memory is encouraged to donate to the Sutter North Hospice (400 Plumas St., Yuba City, CA 95991) who helped make her last days peaceful.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from June 17 to June 22, 2014
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