Ruby Carol Milligan

Born: Friday, December 24, 1937
Passed: Monday, November 27, 2017

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Ruby C. Milligan, 79, of Rockford, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 in Swedish American Hospital. She was born on December 24, 1937, in Oquawka, IL, the daughter of Lee Roy and Madaline (Olson) Milligan. After graduating high school Ruby attended Lincoln Barber School. Ruby was formerly married to James W. Merrick. She was the first lady barber and instructor in the Rockford area. Ruby was also the owner of Sugar River Campgrounds. Former member of Broadway Methodist Church.
Survived by her children, Laura Merrick of Rockford, Ramona Merrick of Muscatine, Iowa and Jimmy Merrick of Rockford; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents.
Private Graveside Services will be held at Scandinavian Cemetery. No visitation. Per Ruby's wishes memorials to the family, C/O Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., 1001 Second Ave., Rockford, IL 61104.

Condolences & Shared Memories (15)

  1. Kristine Hammelmann Adrignola

    So sorry to hear of the passing of my older relatives cousin. I was only acquainted with her but she was a lovely and warm person. Condolences to the family. (I am daughter of Tempest Milligan and Everett Hammelmann). Signed, Kristine Adrignola

  2. Rio cali

    I took care of ruby milligan at river bluff nursing home I was her favorite server I served her dinner every night when I am at work she was always happy to see me she was happy I took her back to her room every day she treated me like a granddaughter knowing her for 2 in half years I been working at Riverbluff Nursing home I am glad I got to now her and her kids Ramona and Jimmy they were very nice to me

  3. Mike Latino

    I am sorry for your loss I know she is with god and I will always remember her love you Jim

  4. Bill and Sara Milligan

    So sorry for your loss. I have some good memories of your Mom from the days we all used to get together for holidays or weekend afternoons. We will keep you all in our prayers. Love, Bill and Sara

  5. Molly Milligan

    Hi Ruby this is your 2nd cousin Molly I'm so sorry to hear of your passing my family will miss you. Love Tom, Bonnie, and Molly

  6. Colleen Milligan Derrington

    So sorry to hear of Aunt Ruby's passing. Good memories of our families get togethers at Christmas, Pierce Lake camping, her tator tot casserole. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Tim Milligan

    I have many great memories of Ruby growing up, she was a beautiful and loving aunt to me. As the youngest child in my family, she always treated me as one of her own. There were many great times and comforting memories staying at their campground, which always included a walk into the camp general store, with its small wall of candy and Ruby smiling her loving smile and exclaiming "you can have a couple on me". Physically we have lost a beautiful person, but I will always have her loving soul in my heart. Rest in peace!

  8. Bill Milligan

    As a First Cousin, we shared many Meals during Holidays during adolescent years. But it was in our mid-years that we again met in Rockford IL, getting acquainted with our families and sharing time together. I don't think we missed many Kantori Choir Performances, being very proud of Jimmy. The Sugar River Camground was the center of many enjoyable times together. Picnics at Pierce Lake with all the kids and Just Plain Fun on many occasions. Ruby, it is with a heavy Heart that I say goodbye. Life was not always good to you, but God has the Perfect Place for you in Heaven. May God Bless and keep you. Love and Prayers. Cousin Bill and Family

  9. Junior Colon

    Jimmy, Ramona and Laura, i am so sorry for your loss. My heart, thoughts, and prayers will continue to be with you all, and with the rest of the family as well. Is always hard to lose a loved one. Especially if is your mom or your dad. I know God will you all the comfort needed to face such a situation like this. Pray and pray from the heart. Your prayers will always be answered. Love you guys. May she R.I.P. God is good.

  10. Tom Fox

    Laura, Ramona, and Jim D. Your mother was always kind to our family. She always treated our boys with great respect. Anytime we saw her she would give them books, games, or little trinkets. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Billy Stimpson

    Beautiful picture. Interesting life. Lucky to have you for a son!

  12. Ken and Karin Bohr

    We are so sorry to learn of Ruby's passing. We remember so many good times as neighbors and when we all traveled to Scandinavia with the Kantorei. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. David Dahl

    Sorry to hear abour Ruby's passing, Jim. She was lucky to have you looking after her all this time. Peace to you and your family.

  14. Debbie Sitzman

    You were a loving Aunt, in so many ways.You made me finish high school.I will miss your love and laugh.Your favorite neice !

  15. Kim Spooner

    I'll always remember talking with Ruby about working for Motorola, and how we didn't care for the new CEO. Was greatful she got me a tour of the Motorola facility where she worked. Before my mom decided to go with Kantori to England. Ruby was to be my choir mom.

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