Francis A. (Clay) McMillan,
of Weymouth, entered Eternal Life on Tuesday, November 4th at South Shore Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was 73 years old.
Born in Cambridge on December 30, 1940, she was the beloved daughter of the late David L. & Julia (Graham) Clay. Francis graduated St. Mary’s School, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and began her career bringing the knowledge & pleasure of her music gift to children & adults.
Frances taught for a brief period at Clark Air Base in the Philippines before returning to MA where she taught in the Mansfield Public Schools. Music was her joy. Besides teaching she was a pastoral musician, having begun as a high school student playing the organ at St. Mary’s in Cambridge. Later at St. Mary’s in Mansfield, she was a cantor, organist & then Music & Choir Director. She taught privately, worked as an accompanist & co-founded a choral ensemble. She made rich & lasting friendships in sharing her artistic gifts.
Frances’ creativity & love of beauty extended to stained glass, ceramics, needlework & gardening. She experienced world travel with trips to China, Peru, Italy, Spain & England. A visit to her parents’ hometown of Cork, Ireland held special meaning for her. Frances had a strong faith in God which sustained her throughout life.
She is survived by daughter Wednesday (Wendy) Anne McMillan of Annandale, VA, grandchildren Meimei Joy and Timothy Wang, sister Mary Cecilia Beglane of Weymouth, brother David Leo Clay of Chelsea, a niece, three nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Arrangements being made by the Bolea-Amici Funeral Home, 115 N. Main Street in Mansfield.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday November 8 in St. Mary’s Church, 330 Pratt Street (Rte. 106) in Mansfield at 11am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours are being omitted. Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
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