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Florence “Sang” MacMillan

 

Florence MacMillan

Florence Ann ‘Sang’ Horn Medford MacMillan, maker of magnificent cobblers and glorious raspberry jam, passed away in Yakima, Washington on August 30, 2012. She was 83 years of age.

As a child of the Depression, Sang lived a life built on hard work, supported by community, and faith. Born November 8th, 1928, to Stant David Horn and Matilda Ida Bell Horn (Buchanan) near Haworth, Oklahoma, young Florence Ann received a nickname from one of her brothers that stayed with her for life. Her brother could not distinctly say she was a “cute little thing.” Instead, she remained a cute little ‘Sang’.

Sang lost her father just shy of her ninth birthday, a time when many of her 9 siblings were grown and married. Sang shared a life-long bond with the three sisters whom she was closest to in age: Margie, Marcalee (Happy), and Inez.

World War II quickly made adults of children and Sang joined the ranks of young war brides when she married Alvin Medford on August 16, 1943, eloping to Hugo, Oklahoma where the local Methodist minister married the young couple. After the war, Sang and Alvin moved to the Texas Panhandle where son Eddie was born, followed two years later by Phillip. Texas proved a difficult place to find consistent work and sufficient wages. Old friends from Oklahoma convinced Sang and Alvin to move to Klickitat, Washington. They arrived on the auspicious date of Friday, Oct. 13, 1950.

In Klickitat, Sang and Alvin found work, a community, and a permanent place to call home. The family of four became six with the addition of two daughters, first Kimberly and then Sandra. Within the community, Sang joined the Royal Neighbors of America and enjoyed friendships with many Klickitat ladies. In the early 1960s, the Klickitat Valley Baptist Mission formed with Sang, Alvin, and the children counted among the early members. Sang was a member of the church choir and taught Sunday school classes. The family also helped build the church building still in use today.

In addition to helping build their church, the family built their own home along the Klickitat River in town. Sang decided it was time to rectify her lack of formal education, which ended in ninth grade by earning a GED certificate. She was a valued employee of the St. Regis Company (later Champion), doing everything from custodial work, to water quality testing, administering hearing tests, or working in the company store. Sang retired from work in 1995.

After retirement, Sang and Alvin moved to The Dalles, Oregon. The couple joined the Emanuel Baptist Church and enjoyed their new community of church and neighborhood. After 53 years of marriage, Alvin passed away in 1996.

In 2000, Sang found another lucky person to share her life with and married Robert MacMillan in The Dalles, Oregon. She and Bob were active in the church and traveled to visit relatives whenever possible. In 2010, Sang’s declining health necessitated she move to Yakima where her family could be more attentive to her needs.

Sang has passed from this life to meet her Lord and loved ones who went before her. Her Mama and Daddy and first love, Alvin, preceded her in death, as did her daughter Kimberly Tomacelli and grandson Eric, Tomacelli, Jr. Eight of Sang’s siblings also passed before her: Josie, Sherman, Robert (“Dick”), William Glen (“Penny”), Pauline, Hershal, Margie, and Marcalee (“Happy”).

Sang is survived by her loving sister Inez Lacey of Forman, Arkansas, her children: Eddie and his wife, Kathy, of Yakima, Washington; Phillip and his wife, Ann, of Rainbow Falls, Washington; and Sandra Baxter and her husband, Bob, of Selah, Washington. Her surviving grandchildren are Matthew Medford, Sara Medford and partner Jason Perez, Elizabeth Medford, Joshua Medford and wife Venessa, Katharyn Medford, Olivia Baxter Hudson and her husband Josh, Virginia Baxter and her husband Garrett McQuesten, and Anna Tomacelli; and finally, her two great-grandchildren Gabriel and Zachary Hudson.

Memorial donations may be made in Sang’s name through the Alzheimer’s Association website at alz.org. The family wishes to thank the staff at Highgate Senior Living for the loving care they have given to Sang over the last two years.

Viewing will be held on Friday, September 7, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Spencer, Libby, and Powell Funeral Home at Tenth Street & Kelly Avenue in The Dalles, and also from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on the day of the services. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 8, 11 a.m. at Emanuel Baptist Church, 2819 W 10th Street in The Dalles, with a brief graveside service to follow at Three Mile Cemetery.

 

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