Joan F. McKenna MillayApril 16, 1934 ~ April 1, 2017 (age 82)
Joan F. McKenna Millay, 82, of Melbourne, died Saturday, April 1, 2017. She
was born, April 16, 1934, in Providence, R.I., to Antoinette and Charles McKenna.
For more than 20 years, many knew her for her business in Palm
Bay – Millay Electrology and later as an Eucharistic minister to the sick with Ascension Catholic Church. Her greatest joy came from spending time with family, friends, reading and baking bread. Her hobbies included Judo, where she achieved the rank of black belt and was the first women on the board of the National Judo Association; physical fitness such as bicycle-spinning classes and writing poetry. One of her poems was recognized by the National Society of Poets – “Rose Growers and Parents”.
I’ve never grown roses,
I’ve heard it’s quite hard;
But I’ve raised two daughters
She said with a nod
Roses and daughters
Start out just the same
They both need loving care,
Persistence, worry and pain
Some days you think you might lose them
To dirt and bugs that pursue them,
But just spray that away
‘Til their scent is so sweet,
They’ll unfold before your eyes,
It’s a remarkable feat.
One day you’ll arise
And right before you will be
An American Beauty
So lovely, confident and free.
Rose growers and parents, I’ll give you a clue:
Don’t ever give up, whatever you do.
She is survived by her children; Allen Kent Millay (Elisa), Michelle K. Millay (Joey), Linda Millay-Smith (David), sister-in-laws Marge Peck McKenna, Betty McKenna, and Kathleen Millay Hahn, grandchildren Bailey; Alex, Kyler and great
grandchildren, Alliana; Aria, and Scarlett
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Ascension
Catholic Church in Melbourne.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Lung Association and
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, and Wuesthoff Hospice.