Rachel McMillan, 66 – mother, wife, sister, grandma, friend and believer –entered the loving embrace of her savior Jesus Christ on 6 January 2023 following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. The longtime Virginia Beach resident and public-school teacher was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 9th, 1956 to the late Reverend Paul G. and Marguerite L. Bretscher. She graduated from Valparaiso (IN) High School in 1974 and from Valparaiso University with a BA in Elementary Education in 1978. She was employed by the Virginia Beach City Public School System for nearly twenty years and was the National Science Foundation Teacher of the Year for the State of Virginia in 2004, which culminated in a recognition ceremony at the White House.
Rachel married James R. McMillan, Jr. of Milan, Indiana in 1979. For 43 years they worked as a team to build a memorable life together, raising three incredible children (Robert, James, and Katherine) and spoiling eleven loving grandchildren (Colton, Reagan, Larkin, Reese, Isabelle, Allison, Samantha, Camden, Sydney, Savannah, and Eliana), while also enjoying adventures across the globe and growing in faith as husband and wife. Rachel is survived by her 5 brothers and 4 sisters.
Rachel was an avid traveler and tremendous travel companion. From camping in Iceland to hiking through the Outback in Australia, touring the Holy Land in Israel, and snorkeling in the Caribbean – she never grew weary of seeing God’s beautiful creations and building memories with those closest to her. By far her most favorite travel companion was her daughter Kate. Never has there been a closer mother-daughter relationship. Rachel was also an active member of Coast City Assembly of God and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Milan, Indiana.
Rachel’s ashes will be scattered in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by her husband and children later this month. As is the family custom, there will be no funeral home visitation prior to the private ocean-side service. All friends are welcome to rejoice with the family at Coast City Assembly of God on Salem Road, Virginia Beach at 1000 on Saturday January 14th. Please check the Coast City website, ccagvb.com, for any changes to date and time. The McMillan family extends its heartfelt gratitude to all the family and friends who prayed with us daily for a miracle healing. God’s got this!
In lieu of flowers or other memorial gifts, please join us in remembering Rachel through donations to benefit “The Chosen.” https://www.tmcfunding.com/funds/the-chosen-in-memory-of-rachel-bretscher-mcmillan/7380/