Eulalea 'Lea' Irene (nee Harvey) McMillen, 73, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2011. Mrs. McMillen was preceded in death by her parents, Eual Lee and Opal Irene Harvey. She will be sadly missed by her husband of 56 years, James; by her children, Katherine (Chuck) Allen, Kristine (Michael) Fields, Karen Smith and Michael McMillen; by her ten grandchildren, Stephanie (Dan) Christner, Megan (Paul) Marquez, Samantha (Jon) Huskey, Gregory (Grace) Fields, James Patrick (Jennifer) Allen, Daniel Smith, Jenelle Fields, Sarah (Vincent) Mess, Nathaniel Fields and Ian McMillen; seven great-grandchildren; her step-grandchildren; her sisters, Joy (Fred) Sterner and Jean Fiscus; her brothers, Jim (Gayle) Harvey, Tim Harvey and Ted (Susan) Harvey; by her many cousins, nieces, nephews; and by her friends. Lea graduated from Central High School in 1955 and from Southern Colorado State College in 1971. She retired from School District 70 in 1991 where she taught Art, English and Reading at Pueblo County and Rye High Schools. She was a former member of the Pueblo Choral Society, and an active member of the Pride City Quilt Guild. Lea was a talented artist, a gifted vocal musician and poet, an amazing quilter, a beloved and respected wife, mother, sister, and friend. She will be greatly missed for the love she showed us, for her humor and good advice, for her conversation, and her intelligent insight. We will miss her ability to see the beauty around us and to translate it to the lovely paintings, drawings, poems, and quilts she so generously bestowed as gifts to all of us. She will be very sadly missed by the grandchildren she loved. This world will be forever a sadder place for us without her. We rejoice that she will be joining her parents and her Lord in Heaven. Viewing from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2011, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Sam Kramer officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Contributions may be made in memory of Lea to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice House through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. I was so sorry to hear about Lea’s passing. I was in her class at Central High School. My son Brian had her for English at Pueblo County High. She was such a wonderful person. She will be missed.

  2. Please know you’re in our thoughts and prayers. We are deeply saddened by this news and are here to support you in any way.
    With Love,
    Karen and Terry Aikin

  3. Lea was a wonderful person and one of the sweetest, most talented people I have ever known– She will be missed! I hope knowing she is at rest now will help the family, but knowing she is out of sight will be very hard!

  4. We are very sorry for the passing of your mother and grandmother. We know how much she was loved by the amt of love and devotion you showed as you cared for her these past 7 months. What an amazing legacy she has left. We pray that you are reassured that she is dancing with her Savior now, she is whole again, complete, and not suffering. We will be pryaing for all of you to get through these difficult days. We love you! Kip and LuAnn

  5. May her spirit and the wonderful memories give you strength during this difficult time. We have been blessed in knowing Lea.
    Her friendship will always be treasured. She will be missed.

  6. Kathy and Karen, my heart aches for you both. I know how much your mom meant to you all. She has left behind a little bit of herself, not only her quilting and art work but in her children that she so lovingly raised. You both have so much of her talent, kindness and wisdom that she will always be with you. You are all in my prayers and thoughts !

  7. I know how difficult this must be for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Belinda and Chuck Goedde

  8. May God Bless You All With His Peace & Comfort. May You Find Joy In Many Treasured Memories. (Our family attends church with Kathy, Chuck, & Karen. Our condolences to your entire family. We’ve heard so many wonderful things about Lea & know how truly blessed you were to have her.) May the Mighty Hand of Christ Wipe Away Your Tears & Bless You With Hope For Tomorrow. Keeping Your Family In Prayer…The Dooley Family (Faith UMC)

  9. I would like to offer my condolences to Mrs. McMillen’s loved ones and family. She was my English and Art teacher at Rye High School my freshman and sophomore years and I will always remember how she saw more in me than I saw in myself. I will always be grateful for all she did for me and for having the opportunity to be taught by such a creative and caring person. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

  10. We were saddened to hear of Eulalea’s death. We know she will be missed so very much. Our prayers are with her husband, children, grandchildren and siblings. This is a tough time for all of you and our hearts ache for you.

  11. Lea and Jim McMillen were our neighbors for many years here at Rye—they were the very best and this talented lady will surely be missed by all. I treasure the time they were our neighbors. Adele Clermont

  12. I did not know this lovely lady, Mrs. McMillen; but I do know her daughter Kristine Fields, and Kristine’s husband and family. I know that Kristine’s mother had to be a wonderful woman because her daughter Kris is such a tremendously sweet, kind, gentle sprit! I just felt the Lord moving me to comment on Mrs. McMillen’s gift to the world in Mrs. Kristine Fields. Mrs. McMillen appears to have been a great lady, in order to see such lovely results in her daughter Kristine. I know the world is more blessed because Mrs. McMillen gave birth to this walking testimony in Kristine Fields. And the legacy continues with Kris and Mikes precious children.
    My condolences to the family.

  13. Lea became a 2nd mother to me after my own went home too early. She was a truly teriffic person that will be missed by us all. Really wish we could be there, but Kris will be there for us.

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