"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others, and the world, remaines... immortal"
Dorothy-Anne was born May 15, 1935 in Stayner, Ontario. To talk about
Dorothy-Anne is to speak about a woman of many talents and many friends.
A private, pragmatic, resourceful person, who enjoyed new ways of thinking
and places of leadership to the end of her very full life. She completed her
education at the University of Toronto and taught languages in Collingwood
and Stayner. She changed her career to become the Resource Librarian at
Centennial United Church - a position she filled until her retirement.
As one of the originators of the Stayner Heritage Society, this gave her an outlet
for her natural story telling talents. She loved to listen, as well as learn, about
how the past influences the present. She was a keeper of the keys of history
and enjoyed remembering people and places that played a role in local life.
Dorothy-Anne found rich delight in a variety of simple things. The first birds of spring, a cardinal on the feeder, as well as a stunning flower poking through in first bloom. Her children and three grandchildren were her comfort and joy. Her passion was her wish to right the wrongs of the world's less fortunate; to give a voice to those the world wasn't hearing. She was instrumental in using her writing, vocal and organizational skills to make a difference where she could. The world of baseball, especially the Blue-Jays, was a sport she watched with relish. Gardening was her hobby in which her reputation stretched before her. Her long term association with the Toronto Jazz Society will feel her absence.
Stayner was the center of her universe. Her church brought her comfort and opportunities for growth. It was a natural place to use her
benevolent leadership skills. Dorothy-Anne gave as she received, with kindness and equality for all. She died on Monday March 7, 2016 after a brief illness. Predeceased by her mother Dorothy Wheeler, father Goldie Wheeler, and husband Glenn Millsap. Sadly missed by her
sons Andrew Millsap (Jill Ruppert) and Peter Millsap (Diane Knebel), her three grandchildren Cameron, Eleri and Adam (Collingwood), her sister Barbara Elliott (Paul) (Courtenay, BC), her brother Ben Wheeler (Audrey) (Winnipeg), sister-in-law Shirlie Millsap (Angus), plus nieces and nephews.
“The members of the Stayner Heritage Society very much appreciated Dorothy-Anne's passion for the heritage of Stayner. She will continue to be our lead as we move forward in her absence”