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Emma Milligan

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 5th, 2012


Nov. 27, 1914-Nov. 30, 2012

HENRY, Neb. – Memorial services for Emma Milligan, 98, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at the Henry Bible Church with Pastor Scott Mathis officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.

Emma died Nov. 30, 2012 at her home near Lyman, Neb., and cremation has taken place. A memorial has been established to the Henry Bible Church. The Colyer Funeral Home assisted the family with cremation arrangements.

Emma was born Nov. 27, 1914 in Hillsdale, Okla., the daughter of George and Alta (Harned) Thompson. She grew up in Hillsdale, where she graduated high school in 1932. She went on to college at Northwestern College at Alva, Okla. for three years and then taught school near Hillsdale.

She married Leonard Milligan in 1936, and they farmed wheat and raised horses in Oklahoma until 1950, when they moved to Granada, Colo., where they ranched until 1956.

The couple moved to Henderson, Colo. and Aurora, Colo., where they managed Quincy Farms, which was a quarter horse ranch owned by Ed Honnen. In 1967, they bought a horse farm in Aurora. They built and operated a country western store on Colfax Avenue from 1968 to 1972.

They sold the Aurora farm in 1984 and moved to Beyers, Colo. and farmed and raised horses until Leonard died in 1996. Emma moved to Henry, Neb. in 1998 and then to Lyman in 2006.

Emma was a member of the Henry Bible Church. She enjoyed bridge clubs and had been active in 4-H. She liked to work in the yard and “dig in the dirt.” She raised flowers and produce. Emma loved to visit, she was a great cook, she refinished furniture and raised chickens, cows, horses, sheep, pigs and greyhounds. She was a giver, always helping.

Emma is survived by a son, Lance Milligan, and his wife Joyce of Henry; a daughter, Revae Woodworth, and her husband Don of Torrington; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leonard; one brother, Ray Thompson; and one grandson, Jerry Woodworth.

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