Jeanette MacMillan Pruiss


January 7, 1922 - July 26, 2018

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Jeanette Ruth Courte MacMillan Pruiss passed away peacefully at age 96 on July 26, 2018. What a remarkable 96 years they were. Born in 1922 to John and Helen Courte of Hartwell, Ohio, Jeanette was always proud that she was never late for school in the entire 13 years that she attended grades Kindergarten through 12th grade at Hartwell School. Afterward, she graduated from the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in 1943.

Working as a nurse, Jeanette met her soon-to-be husband, Bruce G. MacMillan, M.D., who was then a medical student. They married in 1945 and began their family with sons John (1946) and Gregg (1948). After living with Bruce's parents in Avondale until moving to their own home in Hyde Park, the family moved to San Antonio, TX in 1954 when Bruce joined the army and was assigned to the burns unit at Ft. Sam Houston. Two years later, they returned to the Cincinnati area, settling in Terrace Park.

After Bruce died in 1986, Jeanette remarried a new neighbor in Terrace Park, Carl Pruiss, who had also been widowed. This new relationship provided three step-children; Paul and Mark Pruiss, and Helen Mannea. Jeanette and Carl continued living in Terrace Park until Carl's death. Jeanette remained in Terrace Park until 2014 when she moved to SEM Laurels in Milford where she enjoyed the last four years.

Early in life Jeanette discovered her love of and great talent in the field of art. By means of studies with others, she became a renowned designer and weaver, receiving numerous commissions for her tapestries. While on the faculty of the Art Department at Edgecliff College (now part of the University of Cincinnati), she also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. Although maintaining weaving as her number one artistic passion throughout life, Jeanette was also an accomplished artist in the following disciplines: pottery, painting (both oil and water), enamel and silver jewelry, woodcarving, knitting, crocheting, quilting, lace making, and tatting. It seemed there was nothing she could not "pick up" and master.

Nature also occupied Jeanette's time, attention, and talents. She was a walking encyclopedia of both flora and fauna and spent enjoyable time in her extensive flower and vegetable gardens. Jeanette particularly loved exploring the wooded areas of the MacMillan family "farm" property in Adams County where she was adept at locating and identifying wildflowers. Finally, Jeanette could expertly identify every type of bird that visited her feeders either in Terrace Park or those that she saw in Adams County.

Jeanette's was a life well-lived and well-loved. She is survived by son John H. MacMillan, wife Pat, and grandchildren Kevin, Keith, and Ryan MacMillan, Lisa, Darrin, Alan, and Todd Wind, and Angie Overbey, and 17 great-grandchildren; son Gregg J. MacMillan, wife Linda, and grandchildren Brian MacMillan and Stephanie Timmons, and four great-grandchildren; step-children Paul Pruiss, Mark Pruiss, wife Donna, and grandchildren Ramius and Dakota, Helen Mannea and grandchildren Erica and Lydia, and two great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by husbands Bruce G. MacMillan, M.D. and Carl E. Pruiss and by brother John R. Courte and wife Lulu.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice in memory of Jeanette.

A celebration of Jeanette's life will be held on August 11 from noon to 3:00 at SEM Laurels, 203 Mound Avenue, Milford, Ohio.

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