Millie the Stewardess
Aug 20, 1929 -- Jul 8, 2016
I wish to thank Susan, Millie's daughter, for passing along the sad news of Millie's passing just before her 87th birthday. Note: I will forward more information including addresses if shared.
August 20, 1929 – July 8, 2016
Mildred McDonald, beloved wife, mother and sister, passed away Friday July 8 at the age of 86.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a first generation American, the second of six children of Andrew and Marie Pilch. Millie was a graduate of Wright Junior College and worked several years as a secretary for a bank inside Chicago's “Loop”.
In 1952 on a visit to the Chicago airport, she talked her way into an impromptu interview with a Delta Airlines recruiter and was hired as a stewardess. Against family advice, she moved south to Atlanta, Georgia, and traveled throughout the southern United States in Delta's fleet of DC-3 airplanes. It was a job she loved, and one which took full advantage of Millie's smile and outgoing personality.
She married John McDonald, a graduate of Georgia Tech and native of Ashburn, Georgia, in 1953. They spent their early married life in Detroit, Michigan, where John worked for the Chrysler Corporation, but moved back (happily) to Atlanta in 1957, when he was hired as a pilot for Delta Airlines.
As a wife and career homemaker, Millie raised four daughters and took an active role in their lives, serving many times as room mother or field-trip volunteer in their schools. She was also an accomplished seamstress, producing not only dozens of outfits for herself and her daughters, but also several sets of sparkling majorette uniforms. Millie and John lived for over 40 years in the Lake Spivey community south of Atlanta and were members of the Jonesboro United Methodist Church. They both loved to travel and visited locations in Europe and Asia by air, plus many destinations throughout North America in their RV after John retired. In 2007, they moved to Huntsville, Alabama, and settled in the Hampton Cove neighborhood. In April of this year John and Millie celebrated their sixty-third wedding anniversary.
Millie leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband John, her daughter Susan and husband Carlos Carvajal (Huntsville, AL), her daughter Karen and husband Robert Nash (Jonesboro, GA), her daughter Janet (Atlanta, GA), her daughter Lisa and husband David McNamee (Oldsmar, FL), plus six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family plans a Celebration of Life gathering for family and friends in Jonesboro, GA, on August 20, which would have been her eighty-seventh birthday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Millie's memory to the Huntsville Botanical Garden or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (nationalmssociety.org).
(The August 20 gathering will be from 4-8pm at Bob and Karen's house)
Mark Sztanyo, PCN Dir