A Tribute to Honor the Life of Katherine Agnes McMillanby Representative Anna G. Eshoo
Posted on 2014-01-07
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Ms. ESHOO. Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring
the life of an extraordinary woman, Katherine Agnes McMillan, who
passed away at the age of 89 on December 10, 2013. She was the youngest
of nine children born to Irish immigrants, John Patrick and Margaret
Kearns Trumble, and was the Valedictorian of her graduating class at
Sacred Heart Academy.
Katherine McMillan served in the Navy as a nurse, and went on to serve her community uncommonly well as a devoted RN for 37 years at Sequoia Hospital where she worked in the Emergency Room and was a legend there.
After retiring from the nursing profession, Katherine launched a `latchkey' day care program at St. Pius Catholic Church in Redwood City, the first of its kind in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. She provided quality child care for school age children with her trademarks of professionalism, discipline and caring.
Katherine gave generously of her time and considerable talents at Serra High School in San Mateo, the school her son Robert attended and she loved. She became the first woman to earn and be honored with the ``In Via Award'' by this all male school.
Katherine is survived by her beloved daughters, Katherine and Mary, her son Robert (Julie) and her two adored grandsons, Sean and Kenny.
I had the privilege of knowing Katherine McMillan for over three decades. With her Irish pride and her Boston accent, she was a force of nature, a loyal and loving friend, an extraordinary mother, and a woman of great faith. She lived her faith in all she did, and every day of her life was guided by it.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring the life of a woman who will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune to know her and never be forgotten. Katherine McMillan was a true patriot, a woman who loved her family deeply and served her community, her church and her country with great dedication and joy. For this, the entire U.S. House of Representatives extends its condolences to the McMillan family.