75, of Coldwater, MI, died Friday, March 24, 2017, at Maple Lawn in
Coldwater after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.
The funeral service
will be Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 12 Noon at Dutcher Funeral Home in
Coldwater with Pastor Trent Hammond, from Crossroads Bible Church in
Sherwood. Interment will follow at Sherwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 6-8:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday, prior to
the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Dutcher-Kolcz Funeral Home.
Marcia was born
March 1, 1942, to Edgar and Mildred Spencer in Chesterton, Indiana, where
she graduated from Chesterton High School. She married Marvin Milligan of
Sherwood on Jan. 7, 1961, in Porter, Indiana. Marvin preceded her in death
on May 31, 2008, and shortly after that, she moved to Coldwater to be near
her son and his wife who live on the family farm.
Marcia and Marvin
spent their married life in Park Forest, Illinois, and raised their family
there. In 1978 she and Marvin purchased a family farm in Quincy, MI. Marvin
was born and raised in Branch County, and Marcia came to love the area as
much as he. After the purchase of the farm, they and their children and
other family members spent weekends, vacations, and any other time they
could break away from the city, at the farm. Marvin was a master wood
craftsman who restored the buildings on the farm, while Marcia, who loved
gardening, beautified the lane and woods surrounding their cottage by
planting daffodil, narcissus, and tulip bulbs along with numerous other
flowers. She also found joy spending time organizing family photo albums.
She was also an animal lover and shared her life with her beloved cats
Fillmore and Quincy.
Marcia is survived
by her mother of Chesterton, IN, her son Matthew (Jennifer) Milligan of
Quincy, her daughters Michelle (Glen) Marvin of Oak Forest, IL, and Michael
(Jim Jernigan) Milligan of Cleburne, Texas, a grandson Jason Marvin and a
granddaughter, Jenna Marvin, both of Oak Forest, Il.
She was preceded in
death by her father and her brother, Donald Spencer, of Chesterton, IN.
Memorials can made
to the CHC Cancer Center and Branch County Humane Society.