KAY ANN (RAWLS) MCMILLIN
Kay Ann (Rawls) McMillin, 69, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2014 at her home in Key West, Florida after a short, but hard fought battle against cancer.
Kay Ann was born October 20, 1944 in Washington, Ill., to Orlie and Zella (Draper) Rawls. She was a proud member of the 1962 graduating class of Washington Community High School, boasting that she never missed a reunion. Kay Ann went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Bradley University in 1968 and a Masters in Business Administration from Eastern New Mexico University in 1971. Kay Ann took pride in her work life and career, earning awards for her many accomplishments while working at Caterpillar Tractor Company and IBM.
Leaving the corporate world up north, she moved to Key West 30 years ago establishing herself as a successful entrepreneur. Among the businesses she owned through the years were Olivia by Duval Guesthouse, Old Town Laundry, Suite Dreams Guesthouse, and the Angler Inn. She embraced her adopted home by becoming an active member of the community as a member of Rotary, the Key West Innkeepers Association, Leadership Monroe County, as well as a member of the Career Service Council by appointment of the Mosquito Control Board. She was also a proud founding member of the CIA in the Conch Republic Military.
Kay Ann has affected and been affected by many friends, colleagues, and of course her cherished guests that would return every year knowing that she would do everything in her power to ensure they had a wonderful vacation. Her fun-loving spirit and inviting nature made her a beloved friend to all that had the privilege to know her.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Matthew VanderTuig of Columbia, MO and a son Jim Walker of Wayne City, Ill.. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, long time companion, Fred Wuest of Key Colony Beach, and dear friend Kate Miano. Kay Ann was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Ruth (Rawls) Keil.
A celebration of Kay Ann's life will be held from 5-7 p.m. on June 14 at the Key West Yacht Club, 2315 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West. In lieu of flowers or cards, the family requests a donation in her name to Hospice of the Florida Keys, 1319 William St., Key West, FL 33040.
A sincere thank you to all of the staff at Hospice of the Florida Keys for their unwavering support during this very difficult time in our lives.