Lloyd James Funeral Home & Cathedral In The Pines Memorial Garden
1011 East First Street, Tyler, TX
Nixie Lavell McMillan
June 9, 1927 – June 1, 2019
Nixie Folmar McMillan, 91, died Saturday, June 1, 2019 in Flint. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Cathedral in the Pines under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Friday, June 7 from 6-8 pm at the funeral home.
Nixie was born in Palestine to Wade and Dixie Folmar, the only girl in a family of boys. Raised in Frankston, she became a nurturing person while helping her mother care for her brothers. On August 25, 1945, following his release from the Army, she married William R. McMillan and shortly thereafter moved to Tyler. They were blessed with two children, Laney and Robert. They bought their family home and all they needed were their children. The McMillan family was quite happy in their little white house but when the opportunity came to adopt, they opened their heart and home to Dana. Nixie was a stay at home mom while her children were young and made sure there were homemade cookies and good things to eat. She loved children. After her children were older Nixie baby-sat for a neighbor, Dean Mendez. The family loved him as their own. When his parents Larry and Donna moved to a new home they no longer needed Nixie as their baby-sitter.
Nixie’s three children grew up and started their own families and soon the third generation came along. She was overjoyed. She helped raise her grandchildren and then her great-grandchildren. She devoted fifteen years to J.C. Penny’s but her expertise in children was needed when her baby boy, her nine month old grandson fell down the stairs and needed her help. J.C. Penny’s lost a good employee but her calling needed her so she retired to help her family.
Nixie was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Laney McMillan; grandson Robert McMahan and several brothers. Survivors include her son Robert McMillan and daughter Dana Barlow; brother Archie Folmar of Jacksonville; grandchildren Alex (Kate) McMillan, Laura (Billy) Rogers, Kelsey McMillan, Christopher McMillan and Zach McMahan; great-granddaughter Madison Rogers and a great-grandson on the way.
Madison held a special place in Nixie’s heart because she was her first great-granddaughter. Madison was her little princess. July 6, 2019 will be a very special day she will miss because it is the due date of her second great-grandchild, a boy.
“Mom, MeMe, you are loved by many and we will miss you. However, we will just rewind our special memories and enjoy them again. A very special thank you goes out to her grandson Zach. This last year he stepped up and helped to take care of his MeMe. You did an awesome job, Zach. Thank you.”
Serving as honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren.
- Wade Hamelton Folmar, Father
- Dixie E. Folmar, Mother
- William Roy McMillan, Husband
- Laney McMillan, Daughter
- Robert McMillan, Son
- Dana Barlow, Daughter
- Alex McMillan and wife Kate, Grandson
- Laura Rogers and husband Billy, Granddaughter
- Kelsey McMillan, Granddaughter
- Christopher McMillan, Grandson
- Robert McMahan, Grandson
- Zach McMahan, Grandson
- Madison Rogers, Great Granddaughter
- Archie Folmar, Brother
- Nixie's Grandchildren are her Honorary Pallbearers
- Zach McMahan
- Alex McMillan
- Laura Rogers
- Kelsey McMillan
- Chris McMillan
- Visitation Friday, June 7, 2019
- Graveside Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
Nixie Lavell McMillan
June 6, 2019
Nixie was my mother's first cousin. Mama (Louise Cook Healer) loved Nixie and loved visiting with her when we came to Frankston for the yearly reunion. She was always so sweet and so pretty. Mother loved all of Uncle Wade and Aunt Dixie's family. My grandmother, Mattie Jane (Hughes) Cook, was Aunt Dixie's sister. Mama Cook loved all of her family and passed it on to all of us. We send our love and prayers for peace and comfort during this time of loss. Love, Janie (Healer) and Delbert Davis, Sweetwater, TX