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Arcena Anderson-McMillan

July 23, 1949 ~ August 15, 2019 (age 70)


Arcena “Evelyn” Anderson Mcmillan was born on July 23, 1949 in Martinsburg, West Virginia to the late Clarence and Carrie Napper.

Upon losing both parents at an early age, she was raised by her uncle William Napper in Pennsylvania.

Evelyn was educated at Perrysville High School in Perrysville, PA.

In 1964, she relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. She attended and graduated from the University of Massachusetts and met and married the late George Anderson.  

Although she was employed at Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Company, she dedicated 35 years to the Boston Public School District. Evelyn worked extremely hard with the ability and desire to learn very quickly to do a first-rate job with the willingness to put in as much time necessary to get the job done.

Her humble journey began as a lunch mother as she worked her way up to the following positions: Para-Professional, Community Field Coordinator, Technology Specialist all the while serving as the Senior Advisor and Field Trip Coordinator, School and Prom Decorator, Dance-Step Team and the famous, unforgettable Cheerleading Coach.

She loved her Burke Bull Dawgs and no one could say anything about her cheerleaders because if you did, you would get cursed out in a friendly way. Those girls were not just her students they all became her daughters

In addition, she cared so much about her Burke family, that she started the tradition of the annual, end of the school year trip to Six Flags! During her years at the Burke High School is where she met and later married Henry Mcmillan of Birmingham, Alabama.

Evelyn’s family system was most important to her taking family trips everywhere and spending quality time was a must. Evelyn loved and adored her children and made sure when each of them went off to college, they got her own personal sendoff. She made sure that it was all about the child. Every time one of her children shared an accomplishment in their life, they received her famous signature pepper steak family dinner with apple pie and ice cream for dessert.

Some of her hobbies included, sewing, crossword puzzles, playing rummy 500 and solitaire. She loved going to the movies and watched Tyler Perry everything. When she discovered a fire stick and realized she didn’t have to pay for cable anymore, she would say “Its on and poppin”.  

Evelyn always poured unconditional love into the universe. Infecting everyone she came into contact with. She loved meeting new people and was known to everyone. She was an exceptional parent, protector and provider to everyone she knew. She was the type of woman that if you were lucky enough to meet her, she would leave you with an ever-lasting memory of her presence.

Evelyn joins her mother Carrie and father Clarence Napper in Heaven. She is survived by her husband Henry Mcmillan and her children William (Michelle) Napper, George Anderson, James (Jessica) Anderson, Tina Anderson, Tishia Anderson, JC (Keona) Jones and Shirley Stroud.

Evelyn’s adopted mother Dorothy Haskins and sisters Deborah Haskins, Donna Haskins, Denice Haskins, Doryce Haskins-Darden, and brother Anthony Haskins. Her grandchildren Stayneshia, Taron, Miranda, Monique,Tyree, Imani, Tanea, Shayna, Samantha, Devon, Keon, Juwan, Kobe, Jarice, Jada and Kesean. Great grandchildren Jaylen, Antwan, Micha, Mekhi, Teyana, Samiyah, JC Tyler, Skylar Marie, Gianni and Naesen. She also leaves a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Visitation with family will be Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 24 Pleasant Street, Brockton MA

Celebration of life will start at 11:00 AM also from the church 

Interment will follow to Melrose Cemetery, 88 N Pearl St, Brockton, MA 02301

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Arrangements entrusted to George Lopes Funeral Home, 647 Main Street Brockton, MA 02301

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August 27, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
24 Pleasant Street
Brockton, MA 02301

Celebration of Life
August 27, 2019

11:00 AM
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
24 Pleasant Street
Brockton, MA 02301

Interment following funeral service
August 27, 2019

Melrose Cemetery
88 N. Pearl Street
Brockton, MA 02301

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