Mary Jessie McMILLAN

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McMILLAN, Mary Jessie - Mary died peacefully at home in Toronto on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the age of 88, after a long illness. She was surrounded by her family and caregivers. Beloved wife of the late Murray Daniel McMillan (2008), mother of Johan Ruth McMillan Steele of Niagara Falls and Catherine Diane McMillan of Toronto, mother-in-law of Raymond Lawrence Steele and grandmother of Michael Daniel McMillan Steele, both of Niagara Falls. Predeceased by her parents Jeanette and Norman Wilson of Thorold, sister Ruth Calderwood and brother James Wilson, both of St. Catharines. Mary graduated from the Honours Law program at the University of Toronto in 1947. During her youth Mary ("Tug") was an avid tennis player. Mary chose to become a full-time homemaker and mother, supporting her entrepreneur husband of 60 years. She was a highly intelligent, elegant woman who encouraged her daughters to achieve independence through education. Mary was an avid reader and enjoyed extensive travel with her husband. The family would like to thank her longtime caregivers Emely Ermitanio, Emelie Torres and Catherine Beleonio for their care, compassion and affection. A private family service has been held. A celebration of Mary's life will be held at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders or The Salvation Army.

Published in the Toronto Star on May 3, 2014
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