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Mildred G. McGinnis

25 avril 193814 février 2021
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Mildred Geraldine Gaurisco McGinnis, age 82, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 14, 2021 with her loving family by her side in her home after a long slide into the many physical breakdowns incumbent to human mortality.

She was predeceased by her parents, the late Vincent J. Guarisco and Mildred G. Schindeldecker Guarisco. Loving mother of Donald McGinnis, Jr., (Lanel B. Gioia), Michael McGinnis, Sr., and Ronald McGinnis, Sr. (Melissa). Grandmother of Rachael, Michael, Debbie, Ronnie, Amanda, Kylie, Kelly, great-grandmother of Kira, Brendyn, Jackson, Reagan, James, Jr., and Danielle and her sister Maryfrances G. Seals. She was the pillar of her extended family.

She was generous with her relative wealth to needy family members, often taking them into her home when they had nowhere else to go, loving them when few would, providing for their material needs, eventually getting some back on their feet again, and accepting others as her long term dependents. She was very strong in her love. But she saw herself as following in the steps of Christ by loving without limits, giving of what she had without thought for tomorrow, and accepting people as she found them.

All of the family could see her end coming, in all the ways we mortal beings endure when nature takes its course with us. But that long good-bye does not lessen the blow this loss brings, nor ease the grief that each one who loved her must now endure.

In time, it will be possible to tell each other the great family stories, to smile and laugh over old and well remembered joys. And there will be a lot of that to come because there was such a good life at the center of it.

But this is the time for those who can to cling hard to your loved ones and weep for your loss. Because of this pandemic we can’t all be physically together, but we certainly are in our shared grief, a grief that could not be so deep, were it not for the depth of love all who knew her will so miss.

Family and friends are invited to attend the Prayer Service at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, Louisiana on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Visitation will begin at 10:00 in the morning.

Services

  • Visitation

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  • Prayer Services In The Parlor

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  • Inurnment

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Souvenirs

Mildred G. McGinnis

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ENVOYEZ CONDOLEANCES
Jan Hamer

8 mars , 2021

Mr. Ronald,
Working with you at Ellis, everyone can see how close you were with your mom and how heart broken you are by her loss. She was very lucky to have you for her son. We are all thinking of you and wishing you and your family, moments of peace and comfort as your remember your mom. I am sending you healing prayers and comforting hugs, to help you get thru this time. Jan Hamer

Sydney Barbier

8 mars , 2021

I am a coworker of Ms. Mildred's son Ronald. Although I did not have the fortune to know Ms. Mildred personally, her light continues to shine through the actions and person of her son. Ronald is a very kind, thoughtful, and loyal person. These values that Ms. Mildred instilled in her son will continue to brighten the days of many for years to come.

Jill Grana

4 mars , 2021

I’m so sorry for your loss. I work with Ronald and know how much he will miss her. He has shared so many fond memories of her with us. Your family will be in my prayers.

Michael McGinnis

2 mars , 2021

Mom I am going to miss you very much. You have helped me and all of my kids in one way or another, to make their lives better. You would do without to give to your children or grand-children. There is nothing that you wouldn't do for your children and grand-children. You worked hard to be able to help your children and grand-children.


Love you mom very much.

I will see you in heaven. God bless you!

Cari Mastropierro

2 mars , 2021

Ronnie,

Your grandmother was the beautiful family matriarch who never closed her door to anyone needing any sort of compassion or help. She was a generous and kind soul, to anyone needing help, a place to stay, or just time to get away from their troubled home for a night. I never personally stayed there, but I know several friends who she took in of ours growing up. Never asking for anything in return. Her generosity was limitless. I remember she picked me up every morning until you got a car, to bring us to school together when she found out how close I lived to y’all. In that blue Ford Taurus. She felt sorry for me having to get up so early to catch the bus alone at 5:30 a.m.

I remember the days before cell phones, as young teenagers, I would just walk to your house and always be welcomed with open arms, by your whole family really... but she was the matriarch. She was the one in charge and we all knew it, and she let us know it. She was spunky but kind. Fierce but generous. She was funny, witty, and sharp. A hard worker, even until the end, and a unbelievably loving mother and grandmother. She even loved us brats you called your friends. Took some of us in as her own. I didn’t know her in her younger years, but I feel like she never knew a stranger. I love you Ronnie, I love your family, and I loved your grandmother. She was always so kind and nurturing. Something I needed, we all needed. I honestly feel like I can say I’m a better person to have known her, and to have known you. I will always be here for you. As I know you will always be here for me too. I love y’all, and I send my deepest condolences every day as you all heal.

Your best friend,
Cari Mastropierro

Betsy McKinnon

28 février , 2021

I have the fondest memories of Miss Mildred growing up. She was always thoughtful and bought for me my very first pair of ballet toe shoes and had her mother help construct my dance recital costumes as I was a dancer like she was though she far excelled at it! I remember her kindness to step in and drive my siblings and myself to Atlanta with her children and Mr Don to help my mother. She came to my wedding and represented our past as my mother’s friend as my mother sadly had passed away a few years before. She felt like an aunt to me. I look forward to her seeing my Mom again in the afterlife. She was the best friend my mother had -as she was to many.

Julie Tenney

28 février , 2021

Not everyone is so fortunate to find a friend for life who never forgets you, forgives you when you mess up, and loves you always - my family had that with Don and Mildred McGinnis. They had servant hearts of gold who always looked to help others and make your life better. I will always remember Mildred’s laugh and smile and her ability to see the bright side of things. She was a renaissance woman -entering the world of computers in its infancy in the mid- late 60s -fearlessly learning a new technology that most of the world knew little of. And she was always there for her family - she and Don ensuring their three boys had a wonderful childhood with family first. She was the touchstone for many- she will be truly missed.

Mildred Mitchell

28 février , 2021

Aunt Mildred I love you and will miss you so very much 😢 but I know you are not sad because you are with Jesus and all of the rest of our family and friends, you are not in pain but instead happier then we can ever imagine. You will always be in our heart , and we will always have our beautiful memories. Whenever I look at my mom, your beautiful sister I will see you . You both have different hair color but have so much of the same expressions . It was always so funny because every time we heard our name at a gathering we would both look lol . How can I forget when I hear your name every day lol . Until we meet again , I love you Aunt Mildred forever and a day.

Melissa McGinnis

28 février , 2021

Dear Mom,

I’m so glad you took me in with you, dad, and Ron when I was just 18 years old. We all had such good times together. When I meet your son Ron at the trade school we attend together, we had a lot of fun talking and many things in common. Then, just a few months later he asked me to marry him. Your son, my husband Ron is a wonderful husband to me and that just shows you raised a loving son. I couldn’t have asked for anymore than that.

Mom, we will take care of each other. You are the greatest mom in the world. I will always miss you, I will always think about you, and forever remember you.

Your daughter in law,
Melissa McGinnis

Wade Price

27 février , 2021

Ronald and family; I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of the family matriarch. Even though I’ve never met Mrs. McGinnis, I’ve known Ronald for 20+ years. Reading this obituary about her indicates that her contributions to the lives of others is a trait that has been handed down at least one generation and I believe that it extends beyond that. As the obituary says so perfectly, the immediate experience of loss is painful but when the pain diminishes, the memories of a life well-lived will sustain her in your lives for all time. Celebrate her accomplishments and the lessons she taught through her words and actions. Peace to all of you!

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