Katherine A. McMillan
Resident of San Carlos
Katherine A. McMillan died peacefully surrounded by her children, on Tuesday, December 10. She was 89 years old.
Born in Worcester, MA, Katherine was the last of nine children born to Irish immigrants, John Patrick Trumble and Margaret Kearns Trumble. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy as the valedictorian of her class.
Dedicating her life to others, Katherine attended Saint Vincent School of Nursing and finished her training as a registered nurse as an ensign in the United States Navy.
Over the course of her marriage to Robert Neal McMillan they had three children. Moving to Redwood City in 1956, Katherine began a 30-year career at Sequoia Community Hospital. She had a great respect for her profession and infused those with whom she worked with the same pride and dedication.
After retirement from Sequoia, she went on to establish the day care center at St. Pius Church, where over a ten-year period she cared for hundreds of children who learned to use words like 'bubbler' and 'pocket book'. Her devotion to her faith was a constant in her life. She gave tirelessly to the St. Pius Parish where she made many life-long friends.
Continuing her service to others, Katherine was appointed to the Health Plan of San Mateo County, working to improve access to quality health care for the needy. A proud Redwood City resident she had many good times with the Fun After Fifty group before moving to San Carlos where she enjoyed senior living at The Elms.
She was affectionately known as Mrs. Mac, but she was most proud of becoming Mama, the moniker her grandsons bestowed on her. All her boys attended Junipero Serra High School where she was embraced and loved. She was the first woman to receive the Serra In Via award, given to a non-alumnus who exemplifies a true dedication to the service of others. She was also delighted to be crowned the first and only homecoming queen at Serra. She spent hours crocheting yellow and blue scarves worn by many Serra fans. She loved sitting in the stands cheering on her grandsons Sean and Kenny. She was a rabid sports fan who loved the Red Sox, Patriots, 49ers and the SF Giants. She was a strong woman, proud of her Irish heritage, and possessed of a sly wit and a deep faith.
She is survived by her daughters Katherine (Kate Marie), Mary, her son Bobby (Julie), and her beloved grandsons, Sean and Kenny. The family would like to thank the wonderful care their mother received from Kaiser Hospice and from Roxan Bartolo her compassionate care giver.
A mass will be held at St. Pius Church at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17, with a reception to follow in the Fitzsimmons Center at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Katherine's memory to the Junipero Serra High School Padre Annual Fund or to the St. Pius Children's Center.