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MILLIGAN, Sandra Florence Isabella

November 27, 1946 – London, England
March 6, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Sandra Milligan, beloved wife of Mike and devoted mother to Darren, Craig, Natalie and Matthew, passed away at Foothills Hospital on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the age of 72 years.

Sandra lived her life with grace and charm – she had a wonderful sense of humour and a fun-loving nature making many lifelong friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Born and raised in post-war London, England, she was the eldest of two daughters to Fred and Sylvia Watson. Being raised in a close-knit family near Bethnal Green left enduring memories, and she often reflected on her happy childhood. In 1967 she married Mike, her beloved husband of fifty two years. Mike’s work took them to Holland, Brunei, Sarawak, and Nigeria before immigrating to Calgary in 1978 – all providing many wonderful memories and experiences for the family. In later years, she loved to paint, read and spend time with family and friends. In particular, she loved to spend time in the company of her nine grandchildren telling stories whilst drinking tea.

Sandra is survived by her husband Mike; her children, Darren, Craig (Stacey), Natalie (Barclay) and Matthew; her sister, Colleen (Jenny); and nine grandchildren Emma, Emily, Zachary, Rachel, Molly, Lucy, Samantha, Liam and Charlie. She was predeceased by her parents Fred and Sylvia.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Bahlis, Dr. Neri and staff at Tom Baker Cancer Centre and to medical staff at Unit 57, Special Services Building, Foothills Hospital.

In living memory of Sandra Milligan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. So very very sad to hear, we are all extremely sorry for your loss. My mother’s best friend. Sandra was a lovely woman and fought along time. Very strong wonderful soul.

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  2. Marlene and Bill Whitley

    An unbelievable friend who fought her health battle with fortitude , courage and an unfailing sense of humour . With Mike continually by her side and him and all their family offering support Sandra was truly loved.

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  3. My heartfelt thoughts go to the family at this difficult time. I am glad to have known Sandra for many years, and thankful for the kindness she always showed me, both in good times and in bad. I will remember her with a full heart and a smile…May we all live our lives in a way that makes other people remember us this way! Rest in peace, Sandra.

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  4. Sandra (Milligan) Bosch

    I was so saddened to hear of Sandra’s passing. I enjoyed that she shared my name and have fond memories of meeting her as a child in Vancouver, when she was a young mother and her bright smile and cheery ways left such an impression on me. I saw her again at a family wedding in the 90’s and she was still that beautiful, warm and quick to smile person. She will be so missed by all who knew her. Sending love and sympathy to you all in your loss.

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  5. John & Jill Dakers

    Dear Mike, Darren, Craig, Natalie, & Matthew….
    We were so sorry to hear about Sandra’s passing. She had been fighting for so many years to stay with you and your children, whom she talked about with such warmth. We shared 4 of those beautiful grandkids and, of course, bragged about them to each other when we got together.
    Our hearts go out to you all….please know we’re thinking of you.

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  6. I have many happy memories of Sandra during her life with Mike and the children in the UK. She was a brave lady and fought her illness for many years, and I am sorry that she finally lost the fight. May you rest in peace Sandra. My sincerest condolences and very best wishes to Mike, Darren, Craig, Natalie, Matthew and all the families.

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  7. Sue and Darren, Samara and Nikki McIntosh

    So sorry to hear about Sandra, we enjoyed her gentle humour and constant smile. Always loved the family get-togethers when we lived in Calgary and we miss those. Our condolences and hugs to Mike, Darren, Craig, Natalie and Matthew and their families. Sandra will be missed.

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  8. Heartfelt condolences to Mike, children and grandchildren on Sandra’s passing.
    Our family have such fond and warm memories of Sandra – especially those of her as a teenager who always looked beautiful and immaculately dressed with a wonderful bouffant hair style that was the envy of all the other teenage girls.
    Our memories are also full of Sandra’s warmth, naturalness, and her laughter, and in the last few years, her strength.
    She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. She was such a special lady.
    Our thoughts are with you all at such a sad time.
    The Stotter Family.

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  9. We Didn’t get to meet that often Sandra but when we did it was easy to see what a lovely, kind and caring lady you were. The way you coped with your health problems are an inspiration to us all. You will be missed by so many . My love and condolences to all the family and know I am thinking of you all over here.
    Graham

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  10. Barclay Natalie and Family
    Very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Jane, Scott and Family

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  11. Milligan/Taylors: Janis, Russ, Jessica and Morgan

    Sandra was a beauty, inside and out, and will be sorely missed for her warm generosity, gorgeous smile and enduring positivity. Our paths crossed at various times in life and our memories of her are distinct and precious. Sending love to family, and gratitude for her presence in our lives. May she rest in peace.

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  12. We are so sorry to hear the sad news, Sandra was a wonderful person inside and out, I remember her coming to England to visit her mum and Colleen and she would brighten up everyone with her laughter and funny stories that she would tell us. Our deepest sympathies to all of the family. She will be missed by so many people who loved her dearly. Frances, David and family.

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  13. Sharon and Bob Staysko

    Our deepest condolences to the Milligan family. Sandra was an exceptional lady with a welcoming smile. We have fond memories of dinners with Sandra and Mike. The shared laughter and humorous stories. Someone so special is never forgotten.

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