Shirley MacMillin


Shirley (Knights) MacMillin, aged 93, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2020.

Born in Amsterdam NY, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Bertha (Parkis) Knights and sister of the late Doris (Clarence) Parker. Shirley attended the Galway District 7 one room school and graduated from Galway High School in 1943. She graduated from Albany Teachers College Magna Cum laude in 1947. She went to Syracuse University on full scholarship and earned a Masters in Education. She continued her education by earning another thirty graduate credits in Education from Oneonta Teachers College.

Shirley started her teaching career by teaching French and English at the Galway Central School, then the South Onondaga School district. She spent the rest of her career in the Shenendehowa School district, teaching in Jonesville, and the Arongen and Chango buildings. Shirley went back to school in 1962, and earned her Masters in Library Science. She finished out her teaching career as an elementary school librarian, spreading her love of reading to thousands of young readers.

Shirley and Paul loved to travel. Their travels took them all over the United States and Canada. Their 69 year marriage saw them celebrating many milestones with friends and family. In the summers, Shirley and Paul could be found working in their huge vegetable garden or spending time with family.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 69 years, Paul MacMillin, whom she married on September 18, 1951. She is also survived by her son Glenn (Margot) MacMillin, grandson Joshua (Sharon) MacMillin, granddaughter Meghan (Dan) Cheek, great granddaughter Emily Cheek; her daughter Karen (Dave) Dubofsky; grandchildren Danielle Dubofsky and Jacob Dubofsky; sisters in law Noreen Pompa and Betty MacMillin; and many nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Guest Book

Pastor Bob Long

Dear Paul, Glenn, Karen and families,

I was saddened to read of Shirley's passing. I have precious memories of her. Shirley was so very positive. Relationships were significant for and to her. She was so well educated, yet so down to earth. Her disposition was cheerful, though I know she knew difficult times. She had others in her thoughts and actions at the same time she had herself there. She held great respect for, and care about, living things -- people, nature, gardens. Her relationships bridged generations. Her faith led her to fulfill her life and the lives of those around her at the same time. She could be serous in her searching and sharing, and wonderfully humorous at the same time. She was present when in your presence and engaged when you were with her. She was an excellent teacher who led others to learn how to learn ... and to enjoy it. She had deep and abiding care for you, Paul, and for you, Glenn and Karen, and for the extended family ... you were all highest in her priorities. I celebrate the 69 years that you had together. Because you were together that long you were privileged to discover the precious surprise and mystery that many do not: there is always more about a person than we can and will ever know ... the joy of lasting relationships.

Please receive my love and care in this sacred moment. In the fullness of Shalom,
Bob Long

Shelley Derby

Paul and Family,

Thinking if you during this difficult time. We cherish the memories of Shirley and her teachings. So glad we were able to visit and talk over the years. She will be missed.

Leon and Shelley

Cindy Older

Dear Paul, I'm so sorry for your loss, I remember Shirley fondly, she would come with you here to our house when Mark would take care of your truck or car. And also my condolences go to Noreen and Betty

Daniel and Lucy Alisauski

Hello Paul and Family
We are very sorry to hear of Shirley passing, now she is a better place where she can rest in peace, she had a wonderful life with all her accomplishments and helping everyone to have a better life, watching the wildlife in the yard and all the projects you had done together gardening and even putting on a new roof on your home, we will really miss Shirley.
Take Care Paul your neighbors, Dan & Lucy

Michael Yates

Dear Paul and family,
Kathleen and I offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of Shirley. I remember fondly, when Shirley was my 2nd grade teacher at Shenendehowa, how she always encouraged me and my classmates to read as often as we could find time. I am still an avid reader and have been a neighbor of yours on Hutchins Road, for almost 45 years. I took delight in seeing Paul and Shirley working in their yards or enjoying the outdoors. Shirley always had a friendly wave. As a teacher and an educator, she affected so many students in a positive way. She will be remembered fondly.
Michael and Kathleen Yates