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DELAVAN ~ Ella Marie Milligan, 83, of Delavan, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017 at her home.

Born August 24, 1933 in Kirkwood to William and Lois (Welch) Simmons, she married Jimmy “Jim” Milligan on December 19, 1953 in Tacoma, WA. He survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Denise Koetter of Pekin; one son, David (Kelly) Milligan of Galesburg; five grandchildren, Jenny ( Brian) Polakowski of Springfield, VA, Matt Koetter of Peoria, Jacob and Nick Milligan, both of Galesburg and Ian Milligan of Knoxville; one great-granddaughter, Tessa Polakowski of Springfield, VA; two sisters, Bea Day of Stronghurst and Janie (Bob) Mahr of Bushnell and one brother, Don (Marilyn) Simmons of Biggsville.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Ella retired from Borden’s Dairy after 25 years of service. She also worked at Smith Plumbing & Heating and Wolf Tesar & Co. in Pekin.

A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Ella was the most positive person you would ever know. She also had a love of reading, cooking and baking.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Kim Bacon will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.

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