Gillian Patricia Millner (nee Wood)
  • 74 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 30, 1941
  • Date of passing: Mar 19, 2016
Let the memory of Gill be with us forever

Gill passed away on 19 March 2016, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease and all the associated health issues that come with it. She fought long and hard and bravely, but in the end she had a heart attack, fell and hit her head whilst out shopping.  She suffered two lesions on the brain but it was inoperable.  She was rushed to hospital but never regained conciousness.  The doctors who took care of her said that she went quickly and that she was in no pain.
Gill requested that there be no funeral; her ashes will be scattered in Devon, Hong Kong and in the family garden.  We are having a "Celebration of Gill's life on 7th June at the family home in Sotogrande.  All family, friends and aquaintances are welcome.
All of us will feel her loss, but we can take some consolation in the knowledge that she no longer suffers and that she is at peace.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 7th June 2016

"In memory of dear Gill, our lovely purple lady.  Bob & Anne"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 7th June 2016

"Sam, my beautiful Godmother.

Our world has lost an angel, and my very own guardian angel.
From the day of my birth you were there for me every single step of the way. Whether in person with a hug, a phone call of encouragement or a letter written with love and without fail a perfectly timed birthday wish. I was never forgotten. You never let me down, not once.
You always asked, you always listened, you always cared and then you brought in your wisdom, almost ancient wisdom to guide.

You saw the positive in everything. The glass was always full.
You had such great strength, physical, emotional, spiritual.
I admired you from day one. I was so proud to show you off to all my friends! "This is my Godmother!  Isn't she wonderful?!"
You were my mentor, I wanted to be like you...
So beautiful, strong, so full of grace, humility, and always the laughter.
You could laugh at anything. I loved that.
I remember your big beautiful hands that held mine, your deep eyes that took in everything, your hugs that lasted forever. You heart that loved me unconditionally.

You helped build up my resilience, my self belief. You taught me to push on through in this crazy world with your love, your belief in me. Now that, that is priceless.

My heart is now missing a piece. A big one and it aches. But you would want me to be strong and stand tall and smile, so I will. For you.
Sam, I love you to the moon and back and then again...
This is not the end. We will meet again. Somehow, somewhere I will find you and I will thank you, and remind you how truly precious you have been."

This tribute was added by Allison Bigden on 7th June 2016

"Although only having a brief acquaintance with Gill in Malta and Spain, I quickly realised that she was such a welcoming and gracious lady.  A lovely person, inside and out.   No struggles now."

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 6th June 2016

"Gill, to me you have been a smile and happiness.  I love you Gill.  Inma xx"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 6th June 2016

"Gilly, thank you for 45 years of loving companionship. I love and miss you. Your loving husband John xx"

This tribute was added by Ann Dixon on 6th June 2016

"I find it hard to accept that someone so beautiful and vital had to deal with such a terrible disease but I know through my sister, Jane Chung, that you did so with the inner strength that you had. I have such lovely memories of meeting you, through Jane, and of how you welcomed me into The Helena May, introducing me to your friends and guiding me along the way. They were happy days and will stay with me always. Special people only come into your life occasionally and I was very lucky to have had you in my life. Fly free lovely lady."

This tribute was added by Johnny Walker on 6th June 2016

"I recall happy days a long time ago soon after I was was commissioned from Sandhurst - over 50 years ago -  when Gill had teamed up with a friend of mine and together with my wife Sue we did much together.In those days  a bright young girl working for Reuters.  In 1967 Sue and I and two of our three young moved to Hong Kong and lived in Scarborough House, Stanley Fort on the island. The following year Gill and an NZ girl friend came out to Hong Kong via the trans-Siberian railway and they both lived with us until they could get accommodation in the Helena May hostel in 'central' - known as the 'Virgin's Retreat'! Gill developed a bond  with  our No 2 daughter Tamsin -  in those days Tammy to everyone - and at her Christening Gill became her Godmother something that became a life long commitment  - as can be read from Tammy's own tribute to her.
Gill was a very close friend for the rest of her life although she was 6 days older than me something I was not allowed tp forget!. She always kept in contact letting us know what she was up to. We recall a happy visit to us when we were in Toronto when John and Gill came for a few days. Still coming to terms with her illness and the awful accident. Gill has  gone but never forgotten.
Hoping that all goes well for John tomorrow 7 June.
Johnny Walker"

This tribute was added by Tamsin Appell on 31st May 2016

"Darling Gill,
You were the most AMAZING Godmother anyone could have ever wished for.  You were always there for me and made the effort from the day I was born to keep in touch and show a supporting interest in my life.   Your ’touch’ is around my house with the beautiful birth plate you gave me which is on my dressing table and numerous other thoughtful presents you  gave me over the years which I will now treasure even more.   You gave me a ’Tamsin’ necklace which I lived in throughout my teenage years.   You were always so glamorous and engaging with such sound advise and guiding support given to me throughout my life.  You ALWAYS called me when you were in the UK and ALWAYS tried to see me if it was possible.  I recall lunches in Soho when I was working there, dinners at your apartment with you and John in London, your visits to me in Fulham to meet my newborn babies and numerous other occasions.  I will miss you so much and feel blessed that you have been a part of my life.  I am a God Mother to 3 children and I will never be as good as you have been to me but it is something to aspire to at least!  What an amazing life you have had with incredible far-flung travels  and always interesting stories to tell me - many from 'Down Under' & Hong Kong.  A celebration of an amazing life for sure -  how lucky we were to have had you – and I am so sorry your life’s journey has come to an end – but what a life!  I salute you and wish you all my love and a God-blessed farewell from my heart.

Your Ever Loving & Admiring God Daughter,
Tammy xxx"

This tribute was added by Robert Paterson on 29th May 2016

"Dear Gill….you will always live in my memory as a wonderful supportive sister in law, through thick and thin.  You were kind, you were non-judgmental, you were generous, and you had a lovely sense of humour.   Though I didn’t see you enough in our latter years for you to make fun of my Argie Spanish, I remember your thirst for learning - be it mah jong or exotic multi ethnic cooking lessons.You had a life full of adventure.  I remember so clearly my feelings of mixed emotions as you set off from Victoria Station on the first leg of your Trans-Siberian Express journey; a journey which was to change forever your life when you arrived in Hong Kong.   Goodbye to a dear friend.  Robert"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 24th May 2016

"Gill Millner, a true friend,
An elegant lady,
Happy, kind, caring, thoughtful
And will always be remembered.
Love always Chet"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 23rd May 2016

"The hole in my heart is huge.  
Such an incredible friendship, so many things that we have done and shared over the years.  Thank you for helping to raise my “children” so wonderfully.  Your influence on the three of us, and on so many people has been substantial and unending.
I hope that your beautiful soul is finally at rest.
In remembrance and with so much love.
Hilly x x x"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 23rd May 2016

"That Gill,
I will forever be grateful for having you in my life; you were a second Mum to me, sharing my ups and downs, my highs and lows, keeper of my deepest secrets, sharer of my dreams and ambitions, co-conspirator in mischievous endeavours and always a safe place for me, with unconditional love. Thank you for being you. Have fun with all the other angels. Miss you. Love you, Vicki x"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 23rd May 2016

"Gill,
Thank you for your laughter, your friendship and your kindness. It was always a joy having you around and you just being near made everyone’s face light up. Thank you for looking after Vicki and being such a big part of why she is who she is,  Thank you for caring enough for her to vet me, thank you for all the good advice that still shines in her and thank you for being such a great friend to Hilly. You knew how to be lovely, jovial and wicked with a perfect pinch of gentle teasing. Travel well and I hope you find whole valleys of chocolate. Love, Oliver xx"

This tribute was added by Jane Henderson on 22nd May 2016

"We have so many wonderful memories of the happy times we have spent together in so many places ... Hong Kong, Macao, Malta, Sicily, New Zealand and Spain.  We just feel so fortunate that we were all together on that last Friday in March....  dearest gentle Gill we miss you ,,,,  Jane and John"

This tribute was added by Wendy Binns on 19th May 2016

"We shall always remember the fun times we have had together over the years.  Lots  of love Gill, and fond memories for ever .
Mike and Wendy x"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"GILLY - so funny, caring and loyal.  I treasure our travels together and so many years of friendship.  You have been one of the influences that has shaped my moral life. Rosie"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"Dearest Gill
A shining light in our lives.  Hugely missed and forever remembered.  A wonderful friend.

Jerry and Lindy Baines"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"Gill was a wonderfully loyal friend with a great sense of humour and I will miss her very much.
Love Julie"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"My beloved Gill was the best sister, - loving, fun, always someone to look up to, and will be in my heart forever.  Full of sage advice, loyal, intelligence and I shall miss her so much.
Always in my thoughts.
Linda"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"Gill was a lovely and caring lady and will be sadly missed. But she will live on in our memories.
Love Jack and Anna"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"I have such lovely memories of Gill, from when I first met her in 1970 until your visit to Oz.
With love Jo"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"May beloved, beautiful Gill be flying over the South China Sea and islands now.
With love Karen"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"Gill meant so much to me and Phillip.  She will always be in our hearts.
With love Hilde"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"We will all miss Gill.  Her humour, wit, intelligence and loyalty.
Love Julie and Richard"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"I will always have happy memories of Gill – as bridesmaid for Tessa at our wedding, as Godmother to Elizabeth and as a dear friend to our whole family.
Yours ever
Mike Evans"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"To all of us to lose such a dear and delightful friend is numbing.
Love Chet"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"Gill will be missed so very much.  She was such a wonderful support as a friend and mother in law.
Lots of love and kisses
Nat"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"I feel truly fortunate that I had such a loving, generous, intelligent and kind stepmother and I will miss her dearly.
All my love Piers"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"Gill was such a lovely person, always a joy to meet and will be sorely missed by friends and family alike.

Love from Mike and Jeanne"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"Dearest Gill
May the sound of your brightest laughter, the warmth of your gentle personality, and the overwhelming generosity of your big heart inspire all future angels yet to walk on this earth…
Your passage has profoundly marked our lives, and each thought of you gives us a sensation of joy, the delight of having known you, and the ambition to keep you present in our minds.  You shall be with us in our thoughts – for now and always.
With love – Nadia, Stefan, Indira & Ilian"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"Gill lives with us in memory and will for evermore,
A beautiful, caring, cheerful, clever, humorous friend,
A life that touches others so positively goes on forever.
Hilde and Philip Rubie"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"Your voice is the thing I remember most, so velvety with an oh so dulcet English accent.  Love you Gill.  Callum"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"Dearest Gill. A shining light in our lives.  Hugely missed and forever remembered.  A wonderful friend.  Love Jerry and Lindy Baines"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"I miss those wonderful times we spent together.  I miss you terribly but I have so many happy memories of you.
Love from Marion Wong"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"Gill was a lovely, intelligent fun lady and more important a dear friend who will be sadly missed.
Our fondest love, Helen"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"Lovely Gill,
I was privileged to have you in my life and to call you a friend
Thank you for showing me and my family unconditional love and support
Thank you for your smile and calming presence
Thank you for making every memory of you a fun and special one
Thank you for making me want to be the best I can be
I will always love you Gilly and I miss you terribly.
Paul"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"On March 19th the world lost an amazing and beautiful woman.  Gill Millner, I love you.  Gorgeous Gill.  Love Joanna Tschetter"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"I miss your laugh, lovely sense of humour, ability never to lose your temper. Your interest in food, cooking and health matters and your total dedication to John and his wellbeing/happiness. With love Sybille"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"You were a lovely person, so caring and gentle, who contributed so much to our happy times together in Malta.  We will miss you.  Love Christopher and Pippa"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"You were such a lovely, warm person and so nice to be around. Love Priscilla"

This tribute was added by Jill Emeney on 19th May 2016

"I will always remember your poise and elegance, a lady of an era now passed. I will treasure the memories of the days we spent together when I was in Hong Kong. Love Damon"

This tribute was added by Rebecca Paterson on 16th May 2016

"You were a loving compassionate aunt, friend and confidant. I feel so lucky. I will forever remember you and your adventurous spirit and our wonderful memories together  from all around the world ..Hong Kong , Spain, Malta, England and Vancouver. Love to you , ️️becca ️xx"


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