Cecilia passed away peacefully at Bevan Village, Abbotsford on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the age of 88. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph McMillan; loving mother of Catherine (Dan) Fitzgerald, Bill (Doris) McMillan, Joan McMillan, Monica McMillan and Lorraine McMillan (Dennis Obee); cherished grandmother of Ryan VanDokkumberg, Alexander Woodman, Victoria McMillan and Connor McMillan and dear sister of Louise Daeninck (the late Marcel). Besides her husband, Joseph, she was predeceased by her siblings, Caroline (Steve) Swirhun, Verna (Raymond) McMillan, Louis (Sophie) Jurkowski, Edward (Lorraine) Jurkowski and Stanley (Elsie) Jurkowski. She will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews.

Cecilia was a first generation Canadian who was proud of her Polish heritage. She married Joseph in 1955 and shortly after they made the journey from Manitoba to BC, spending most of their married life on Vancouver Island. Cecilia worked hard, but enjoyed knitting, embroidery, sewing, cooking and baking. Being a perfectionist, she created beautiful pieces of superior workmanship in her spare time. She will be greatly missed.

A private memorial service will be held at McCall Gardens in Victoria, BC and cremation with interment will take place at Hatley Memorial Gardens in Victoria.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Pamela Wylie
    June 22, 2019

    My deepest condolences for the loss of Cec.

  • Jenn & Troy & family
    February 15, 2019

    Cathy, mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. Our condolences to you and Dan for your loss.
    Jenn & Troy & family

  • Laurie L Anderssen
    February 9, 2019

    Cathy and Dan – we know that mom had a great influence on your life – and will be missed. So glad we had an opportunity to know her a bit – enjoyed her quick wit and lively spirit. She leaves behind a great legacy with her children and grandchildren. Surely it can be said she influenced you all to be better people by experiencing her love, care, traditions and generosity. Our thoughts are with you. Laurie & Rune

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