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Barbara McMillan, age 54, on May 14, 2014 following a courageous battle against radiation induced soft tissue sarcoma. She grew up driving a 1968 Ford Mustang at a great time in Harford County when "Bessie the cow" lived in the middle of town, Woolworth's was the only eatery in Harford Mall, and you could ice skate on a duck pond along Route 22. Barb graduated from John Carroll High School, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. She spent most of her career in sales and marketing at McCormick & Company in Hunt Valley, successfully retiring as Director of Marketing. She loved the art of "winning the sale" and was honored to have had a job she loved and colleagues who were an extension of her family. She always let a dog (or two) share her bed and would have a meaningful conversation with God while she walked them. A loving, loyal friend, dedicated hiker, animal lover, gardener, she mostly enjoyed spending time with family. She took extreme pride in her two sons, Alex and Will, and felt blessed knowing that she saw them grow to be strong and kind men. They, and Roger, were unquestionably the light of her life. Their family adventures did not have to be far from home, often including practical jokes like "toilet papering" a neighbor's yard and playing "ding dong ditch." She will be greatly missed by her family, a host of devoted friends, and her beloved Schnauzers, Max and Missy. The years of cancer treatments gave Barb the opportunity to make new friends, strengthen old ones, ask for and give forgiveness, and reaffirm her conviction to our Heavenly Father. Barb is reunited with many loved ones, including Pope Paul II and Elvis. "Thank you for allowing me to share in your lives. I have treasured our times together." Barb's spirit is carried on by Roger Spaulding, her husband of 26 years, sons Alex and Will, parents Anna Marie (Schlegel) and Earl McMillan, sisters Jeanne Thomas and Claire McMillan, and an extended family of relations and friends from every walk of life. The family wishes to thank the staff of Johns Hopkins and in particular, Christian Meyer, MD, for tireless dedication, innovation, care and putting up with her never ending questions and research quests. If you knew Barb, please remember her in your own way. If you wish to share a memorial, consider Johns Hopkins Breast Cancer Research Foundation, to support the work of Dr. Cindy Zahnow (kimmelgiving@jhmi.edu) A Mass and celebration of Barb's life is planned for June 7 at 10 a.m. at St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church, Abingdon, MD with a luncheon to follow. Condolences may be made to rbspauld@yahoo.com.
Published in Baltimore Sun on May 17, 2014
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