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Jane-Ashley Myrick McMillan

September 29, 1959 April 25, 2020
Jane-Ashley Myrick McMillan
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PLANO, TX – Jane-Ashley Myrick McMillan, 60, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Jane-Ashley was born during the fierce winds of Hurricane Gracie in Mobile, Alabama on September 29, 1959, to Kathleen Dunbar Myrick and W.E. Myrick, Jr. (Buddy) of Allendale, SC. She, along with her three brothers and lifetime friends like Harriett Ford and Mary Jane Young, spent their youths in Allendale. In middle school, her debut performance of Barbara Streisand’s Second Hand Rose at the annual talent show earned her an unprecedented standing ovation by students and teachers alike. Such was a sign of things to come. In Allendale, she formed many lasting and precious relationships, each embossed by her charismatic and eccentric nature. Jane-Ashley was a cheerleader at Allendale-Fairfax High School in the 1970’s. Her passion for theatre and law developed as a member of the debate team and under the tutelage and mentorship of teacher Joe Siren. Departing high school after the tenth grade because she thought she could, Jane-Ashley attended Randolph-Macon Women’s College (Randolph College) in Virginia, where those she befriended continue to recall the brightness and joy she brought into their lives. Although her college years were distracted, fun-filled and abounded with travel, Jane-Ashley’s perseverance and deep devotion to her studies were also apparent, and in 1979 she graduated at the age of 19. Her classmates and companions would never be forgotten, nor would they forget the light shone by her presence.In pursuit of her passion, Jane-Ashley then went to work for McNair Law Firm in Columbia, SC, where she met E. Mcleod “Mac” Singletary, a brilliant, kind-hearted man instrumental in her path to becoming a lawyer. She would remain close friends with both Mac and his wife, Virginia, until their passing. Emboldened by her time at McNair, and determined for her law degree, Jane-Ashley continued her education at the University of South Carolina Law School, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree in 1983. Jane-Ashley then married Justin R. McMillan of Allendale, a farmer turned Clemson engineering student, and began working at the public defender’s office in Clemson, SC. The couple soon moved to Dallas, TX where, now a member of both South Carolina and Texas Bar Associations, Jane-Ashley continued her law career in the office of James F. Gruben, where she honed her skills in employment and family law with equal parts joyful antics and practical experience. James Gruben, a decorated war hero and sage law partner, provided a cornerstone in Jane Ashely’s professional development.Her devotion and enthusiasm well-polished, Jane-Ashley established the McMillan Law Firm on January 1st, 1988, and successfully represented countless clients over the course of her 32-year, and perfectly authentic career. As her love for the arts never dimmed, she also played one of the lead roles in the equity theatre production "The Real Queen of Hearts Ain't Even Pretty" at the Stage One Theatre in Dallas. Despite high praise from friends and critics alike, Jane-Ashley decided to sideline acting, and instead focused on her children and legal career. She achieved certifications in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and in collaborative law by the Collaborative Law Allegiance of Collin County. In her office, between these prestigious certificates and countless photographs of her beloved children, hangs a framed copy of the play’s program as a reminder of what still might be. Jane-Ashley inherited the fierce winds of Hurricane Gracie on the night of her birth, a nature which strengthened and inspired her for all of her life, as it did the lives of those fortunate enough to know her.Jane-Ashley is survived by her three children John Justin Reeves McMillan, James William Lawrence McMillan (Erin Penington McMillan), and Savannah Kate Graham, as well as her father, W. E. (Buddy) Myrick, Jr. and her two brothers, James Dunbar Myrick (Elizabeth Rhoad Myrick) and John Morrison Myrick (Sandra Aimar Myrick). She was predeceased by her brother William “Bill” Myrick III (Linda Murphy Myrick) of Barnwell, SC, and her beloved mother Kathleen D. Myrick. Jane-Ashley also leaves behind dear friends Martha Graham and devoted co-worker Kristen Tinker. A memorial service to celebrate life will be held at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (bbrfoundation.org) or The Actors Fund (actorsfund.org). Keith Smith Funeral Service, 128 Water Street, Allendale, SC 29810. (803) 584-2492.

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