July 16 2017: MILLIGAN, Josephine T.

Milligan, Josephine

Josephine T. Milligan

Josephine (Jo) Milligan (née McHugh) passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, 12 July 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved wife of Edmund J. Milligan Jr.; loving mother of Joanne Bernier (Charles), Edmund III (Elizabeth), Katherine O’Brien (Vincent), David (Kelly), and Daniel (Judith); devoted grandmother of Charles, Brian, Matthew, Edmund, Kimberly, Mary, Jennifer, Meagan, Marissa, Aubrey, Gregory, Sean, and Erica; and dear sister of, the late: Gertrude Shaughnessy, Norine Jarrett, and John McHugh.  She is also survived by many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Named in honor of St. Joseph, she was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 19, 1930, the beloved daughter of the late John and Katherine (née Nickels) McHugh.  She grew up in West Philadelphia where she attended Most Blessed Sacrament Grade School and graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Girls in 1948.

When she was 15 years old she met her future husband Ed, and began a 72-year journey of complete devotion to her family and friends.  Her primary mission in life was providing a loving, caring, and nurturing environment for her husband, children and grandchildren.  She was without peer as a wife, mother, sister, friend, seamstress, poet, songwriter, cook, baker, and event organizer, and she lived for those moments when the family was together at the Jersey Shore, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, holidays and other special occasions.  She prepared the greatest Sunday roast beef dinners, a world-class potato salad, and the best Sloppy Joes ever.   She was a wonderful friend to all, the nicest person you would ever want to meet, and never uttered a cross word about anyone.

A staunch advocate of St. Anthony, Patron Saint of Lost Things, she made believers of us all in the power of positive thinking and never giving up.  She will be greatly missed by many but will continue on in our hearts as an inspiration forever.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Church of the Resurrection at Riderwood Village, 3110 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD, on Saturday, July 22, at 11:00 am.  Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00.  Memorial contributions may be made to Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 1101 Main St, Darby, PA 19023.

Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc.
500 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Phone: 301.593.9500