Dorothy ‘Dot’ McMillin


(Aug. 23, 2009)

Dorothy “Dot” McMillin, 98, died Sunday, Aug. 23 at the Powell Valley Care Center. Dot, a Cody resident, was born the youngest of eight children on Aug. 17, 1911, in Burlington to Lars and Nancy (Neves) Nelson.

At a young age, her family moved to Meeteetse, where she graduated from Meeteetse High School and was a member of the girls’ basketball team. Dot married Cecil V. McMillin on Feb. 15, 1933 in Billings. They were married one month shy of 50 years when Cecil died.

Early in their marriage, they purchased a ranch outside of Cody on Cottonwood Creek, where they spent the rest of their lives together. While on Cottonwood, they were blessed with two daughters and two sons.

Dorothy was a member of the LDS Church, where she belonged to the Relief Society and was a primary teacher and librarian for many years. She also belonged to the Cottonwood Homemakers Club and Sage Creek Community Club. Dot was honored with the title of Ranchwoman of the Year in 1989 by the Cody Country Cattle Women.

Dot traveled extensively and enjoyed spending time with her kids and many grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Cecil McMillin (Barbara) of Cody and Frank McMillin (Mary) of Powell; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her two infant daughters and her seven siblings.

Services were held in Cody, and she was buried at Riverside Cemetery.