Evelyn Ada McMillan, a resident of Colville, passed away on September 1, 2011 in Colville at the age of 103. She was born on her grandparent's ranch near Princeton, MN on February 14, 1908.
Evelyn and her family lived for two years in Bemidji, MN before they moved to Ronan, MT. When she was 13 her family moved to Missoula where she finished high school and enrolled at the University of Montana, majoring in music. Evelyn finished her formal education at Eastern Washington Teachers College as a music major. She took her first teaching job at Ritzville where she married her boss, the school principal, James C. "Jim" McMillan. While in Ritzville she gave birth to a boy and a girl. In 1945 she and Jim purchased the country store in Ford, WA, which they operated until 1953. In 1954 they moved to Addy where Jim accepted a Rural Letter Carrier job and Evelyn became a full-time homemaker and part-time piano teacher. Following the death of Jim in 1987 she continued to live in her home until 2008 when she moved to Colville where she lived at Parkview Retirement Center.
During her life, Evelyn was always a willing volunteer for community projects. She was an active member of the Stevens County Historical Society and Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary. She was accomplished at playing the piano and organ. Many will remember her playing the piano at the Keller House in Colville during special events.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Jim and her two sisters. She is survived by her son Bruce McMillan of Baker City, OR and her daughter Karen Schultz and husband John of Reardon and Addy, six grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
A memorial reception will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 10 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 202 N. 2nd St. W., Chewelah. Memorial contributions may be given to Merry Glen Home, N. 2917 Cincinnati, Spokane, WA 99207 or Stevens County Historical Society, P.O. Box 25, Colville, WA 99114.
Please visit the online memorial or sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Chewelah is entrusted with arrangements.