Marilyn Moore McMillan, 84, died in the arms of her beloved husband Bobby at 3:42 a.m. on Sunday, April 2, at her home in Lubbock, Texas, after a 6 1/2-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She joined her beloved family who preceded her in death: mother Inez Moore, father Al Moore, sister Karolyn Joyer, and brother Buddy Moore.
Marilyn was born on October 4, 1938 in Crane, Texas, a town she always fondly remembered due to the "family" of oil field workers like her dad Al who looked out for each other, which may have influenced her lifelong passion for being attentive to others. She graduated from Abilene High School in 1957, and soon thereafter met Bobby McMillan, a McMurry University student from Big Spring, Texas, whom she married in 1961 at Abilene's St. Paul UMC where they met.
Her first child, Allison, was born in November 1962. Then Scott came along in December 1964, and Alicia followed in May 1967.
Bobby, Allison, Scott, Alicia and Dale Holligan survive Marilyn after her death. She also leaves behind four grandchildren: Taylor Holligan, Tanner Holligan and his wife, Bryanne, Conner Burkholder, and Brendan Burkholder. She also had four great-grandchildren: Aden Holligan, Clara Mae Holligan, Skylar Belanger and Bryce Belanger. And one sibling, John Albert Moore.
The "gene pool" was where Marilyn swam most happily. She loved, loved, loved her parents, brothers, sister, and nieces, and she remembered them with the same passionate detail she gave her immediate family.
Marilyn loved doting on her family, who could count on their favorite cake or pie being made for their birthday. She always remembered the birthdays of family members and friends. That attention to the little things is what made Marilyn who she was. She loved to decorate her house for the holidays.
"To infinity and beyond" describes Marilyn's passion for capturing “Kodak moments.” The family will have thousands of pictures to document those moments and add to numerous photo albums she had.
Marilyn loved Spring and all of the beautiful bright colors of the season. She brought that same level of brightness to her Ceramics and Chrismon beading group. She cherished the friends she made in these groups and loved them just like family.
Marilyn’s memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at St. John’s United Methodist Church at 1501 University Ave in Lubbock, Texas.
Memorials can be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church, CASA of Lubbock, Joe Arrington Chorus of Angels, Hospice of Lubbock, and South Plains Food Bank, in Marilyn McMillan’s name.