Barbara A. (Williams) Milligan

  • Born: December 21, 1932
  • Died: May 18, 2021
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

809 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176
Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family

Barbara A. (Williams) Milligan, longtime resident of Melrose, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at her home. She was 88.

Born in Charlestown on December 21, 1932, Barbara is one of nine children of the late James and Alice (Cook) Williams. She grew up in the Charlestown area.

Barbara met and later married her beloved Sinclair Milligan. They dated during his time in the Army, and after he was honorably discharged, they were married.
Barbara and Sinclair would eventually settle in Melrose where they resided for many years.

Barbara's first love in life was her family. She was devoted to Sinclair and adored their daughter Nancy. She enjoyed family trips to Burlington Vermont, Old Orchard Beach, and trips to Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun and Atlantic City.

She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Melrose where she taught Sunday School for many years, and was an excellent crocheter who taught others how to crochet at the Melrose Public Library. Other interests included playing Bingo Saturday nights, going yard sailing, cooking and baking, and gardening.

Her sweet, loving, and lighthearted demeanor will be missed by all who knew her.

Barbara was the beloved wife of the late Sinclair C. "Bunny" Milligan with whom she shared 55 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Nancy A. Haffty and her husband Richard of Stoneham. Loving sister of Stella Boyd of NY, the late Ethel Christopher, Dorothy Bower, Patricia Tuttle, James Williams, Jr., Richard Williams, Sonny Williams, and Kenny Williams. Also survived by her cousin Linda Cook and numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends will gather in honor of Barbara's life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Friday, May 21 from 5-7 PM. All attendees are respectfully asked to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing. Funeral services will remain private. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm so sorry to hear about Barbara's passing. I only recently found out that she and I are first cousins, I wish I could have met her.

Posted by Linda Cook - Bozeman, MT - Family   June 14, 2021

She will be missed we've been neighbors since 1977, and the entire family were the best neighbors you could have. Mrs. Milligan you are at peace now please say Hi to Mr. Milligan for us.

Posted by Scott McCarthy - Melrose, MA - Neighbor   May 20, 2021

Rest In Peace my beautiful Aunt Barbara. A true LADY, and most kind and loving soul I have ever known. I will always remember the special times we shared when I was a child and as an adult. My sincere condolences to cousin Nancy. Aunt Barbara adored you and was so very blessed to have the love and support you always gave her.

Posted by Jane Tuttle - Hardeeville, SC - Family   May 18, 2021

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