Elsie Doris MacMillan

Elsie Doris MacMillan of Rainycrest, Fort Frances, passed away at her residence on Monday, Sept. 20, 1999. She was born May 23, 1910 in Kingsford, Ontario to Arthur and Emily Shipton. On Aug. 2, 1931, Elsie was united in marriage to Gordon MacMillan, who predeceased her on Feb. 3, 1977.
Elsie attended Kingsford Elementary School and Continuation School, Emo, graduating with honours at the age of 17. Her desire to be a teacher took her to Normal School in North Bay, Ontario, completing her course in 1928. Her first teaching position was at Dobie, followed by years of teaching at Mather #9, Blackhawk, Finland, Nestor Falls, Emo and Atikokan. She retired from her last teaching position at Northwood High School, Thunder Bay, Ont. in 1972.
She spent her retirement yeas travelling, spending the winter months in Roswell, New Mexico, until Gorton’s death in 1977. Moving back to Emo in 1984, Elsie was one of the first tenants to move into Golden Age Manor in 1985.
Elsie was a caring, generous lady who loved to be with family and friends. Her love of children was obvious by the number of pupils who remembered her, as was her love of learning evident in he continued studies. Her Christian love was shown through her hospitality and genuine concern for others. She supported missionaries and children in less fortunate countries. Always an active member in church work, she once more took membership in Calvary Baptist Church, Emo, of which she had been a charter member. Her sense of humour and quick wit endeared her to everyone, even during her recent illness.
She leaves to cherish her memory eight nieces: Leona and Bill Johnston of Flesherton, Ontario, Darlene Draper and Janet and Roy Young, Emo, Velma Cooke of Thunder Bay Ont., Jane and Don Marston of Wright City, Missouri, Margaret and Walter Knorr of Hoyt, N.B., Janet and Claude Paquin of Atlanta, Georgia, Florrie and Hubert Reid of Fredericton Jct., N.B., two brothers-in-law, Rocky and Jenny MacMillan of Atikokan, Ont. and Doug and Lu MacMillan of Swift Current, Sask. She is survived by many great-nieces and nephews as well as great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, a sister, Maude Hurdle (1995) a brother, Sidney Shipton (1997), two nephews Sheldon Draper (1987) and Berneth Cooke (1989). She was also predeceased by brothers and sisters-in-law, William Cooke, Vic and Ruby Parks and Marion Shipton.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with interment in Emo Cemetery. Rev. Toni Greense and Pastor Andrew Hall officiated.
Special music was presented by Michelle Somerfield and Jodi Young.
Pallbearers were Elton Cates, Ted Corrigan, Dave Goodman, Dave Hughes, Dave Loney and bob Meyers.
Memoriam donations in lieu of flowers are gratefully accepted by Emo Hospital, Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.

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