Elma McMillan, 101, formerly of Esko, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021 in Essentia Health Miller Dwan Hospital in Duluth. Elma was born in Kettle River on November 22, 1919, the daughter of Matt and Miina Leppioja. She attended Kalevala school. Elma and James "Mac" McMillan were married on June 4, 1954 in Duluth. Elma was an excellent cook, baker, and seamstress. Her family was very important to her.
She was preceded in death by husband, James "Mac" McMillan; daughter, Norma Debe; siblings, Martha Niemi, Andrew, William, Wayne and Ilmer Leppioja; daughter-in-law, Katherine Hautajarvi; and son-in-law, Leland Debe.
Elma is survived by her children, Richard (Peggy) McMillan of Esko, Jim (JoAnne) McMillan of Meadowlands, Kenneth Hautajarvi of Cloquet and Faye (Dwight) Martin of Wrenshall; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.
Private family services will be held with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Kettle River. Letters and cards of condolence may be sent to the family c/o Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet, MN 55720. To sign the guest book and leave an online tribute see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com.
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Holy Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
Silver Township, MN