Grand Haven Daily Tribune  August 7, 1903




  Mrs. Mary J. McMillan, whose death was briefly announced in yesterday’s Tribune, passed peacefully away at her home on Howard street at 1:55 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  Her husband and four children were all present at her bedside.

   Although Mrs. McMillan had been in failing health for about two years, yet her death, caused by Bright’s disease, was sudden and unexpected.  Last Sunday she was out and spent the afternoon visiting with some Chicago friends at the latter’s cottage in Highland Park and Tuesday she was stricken with a severe attack of the dread disease which caused her death.

   In life Mrs. McMillan was a woman of exemplary and noble Christian character, a loving mother, a worthy neighbor and a true friend.  Active in church and temperance work, self-sacrificing and always ready to visit and comfort the sick and distressed,

   Many will mourn her death outside the circle of her own relations.


“Yet ‘twill only be sleep;

When, with songs and dewey light,

Morning blossoms out of night,

She will open her blue eyes

‘Neath the palms of Paradise.”


   Mrs. McMillan was born in Ballymoney, Ireland, Feb 13, 1847.  She left her native country at an early age and with her parents moved to Canada where she was married.  In 1870 with her husband, she came to Grand Haven and has lived here since.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church and for many years held the office of President of the ladies aid society and has also been at the head of the local woman’s Christian Temperance Union and an active member of the society of the King’s Daughter.

   The funeral will be held tomorrow at three o’clock from the Presbyterian church.