Monday, November 29, 2021

Obituary - Norma Jean Milligan

Norma Jean Milligan, 91, of California, MO passed away on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Jefferson City Manor. She was born on February 2, 1930 to Tillman Henry Birdsong and Margaret Pearl (Stinson) Birdsong in Kansas City, MO both of whom preceded her in death. 

She grew up in the Clarksburg area and graduated from Clarksburg High School in 1947. After graduation she worked at the pant factory in Tipton, then went to work as a bookkeeper at the ASCS office and International Harvester. On October 7, 1951 she was united in marriage to John Bert “J.B” Milligan. To this union three sons were born. She was a homemaker and farmwife until she began working in the Clarksburg School lunchroom when her youngest started school. She retired after thirty-three years of service. 

Norma was a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church since 1952. She enjoyed playing the piano and singing in the choir. After J.B.’s passing she moved to California. She volunteered and formed many friendships at the California Nutrition Center. Norma loved and enjoyed the family gatherings and traveling with her sister-in-law Frances Milligan. Her strong determination and faith brought her through polio, cancer, and covid. 

Survivors include three sons, Dan Wayne Milligan (Barta), Larry Lee Milligan (Ann), Ron Gene Milligan (Jackie); seven grandchildren, Kim Sutton (Mike), Amy Moles (Adam), Bryan Milligan (Jennifer), Tasha Milligan, Laura Lawson, Corey Bolles, Cara Lawson; and sixteen great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband J.B. Milligan and a daughter-in-law Peggy Milligan. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 29, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. with a funeral service immediately following at 11:00 A.M. all at Bowlin Cantriel Funeral Home. 

Officiating will be Pastor David Griffith. Burial will be at Hickman Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church or California Nutrition Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, MO.

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