Orabelle McCluskie (nee Reilly)
November 5, 1934 – April 2, 2011
Millie was born on November 5, 1934, one hour before her twin sister Margaret, in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, to parents Marshall and Lorraine Reilly.
Millie married her first husband Donald Lawson and from that union came her four beloved children.
She married the love of her life, Dennis McCluskie in Hawaii, a place that has always had a special meaning for her. Until his passing in 2006, Dennis and Millie travelled back and forth from Kelowna to Arizona. On their return to Canada they always looked forward to catching up with family and made their annual rounds to see everyone and to bring them Millie’s famous beef jerky or M&M cookies, or the really lucky ones got both. Millie continued on with this tradition right up until last year as family meant the world to her especially her grandchildren and she meant the world to her family.
Millie was predeceased by: her father, Marshall; her mother Lorraine; first husband Donald; step-son Barry; and her one true love, husband, Dennis McCluskie. Millie is survived by: her four children, Donna, Darlene, Barb and Wally; step-sons, Tom (Leah), Brad (Tamie), and Grant; her special twin sister, Margaret, and sister Joan; sister-in-law Pat (Gil); 15 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends.
Millie left us on April 2, 2011 surrounded by family. Her soul was transported from us on the wings of an eagle and she was joined by her beloved to soar the skies in peace and happiness.
A memorial service was held April 5, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Holiday Park Resort, Winfield, BC. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Special thanks to Dr. Wall and fourth floor staff of the Kelowna General Hospital for all their care and compassion to Mom while she was there.