June 18, 1946 to
July 10, 2013
Taken from us far too soon
The loving wife of Bob; cherished mother of Dawn (Carlo) Calfa, Julie (Jim) Barron and Sam (Devi) Milligan; treasured grandmother to Daylen, Dawson, Danae, Jack, Abby, Ashvin and Prem; best friend and sister to Carole.
Wendy’s battle with lung cancer was short but courageous and well-fought. In the end, Wendy won her battle with cancer, succumbing instead to a stroke. Surrounded by Bob, Dawn, Julie, Sam and Carole, Wendy took her last breaths at the time and place of her choosing, waiting to pass on to her next adventure until she was comfortably ensconced in the arms of Rotary Hospice House.
Wendy was born in Vancouver and moved north to Vanderhoof with Bob in 1972, where they raised their three children. Wendy was a force to be reckoned with, running the house and the farm on her own while Bob was working construction jobs throughout the province. She pursued her dream of teaching, despite a lack of a teaching certificate, and taught successfully at all levels, including College level adult ESL classes.
When her family was grown, Wendy turned her attention to helping others as a volunteer, and later as the coordinator, of the Prince George RCMP Victim Services Unit. She also was an active member of the Prince George Air Search and Rescue team for quite some time. Following her retirement, she sought to provide joy and became a marriage commissioner – a job she thoroughly enjoyed!
Wendy loved spending time outdoors with Bob and t h e i r good friends as well as their grandchildren. She also enjoyed travel, theatre and lunch with her many friends. Bob was never one to travel internationally but always encourage Wendy to fulfill her love of adventure without him. Wendy was able to travel to Europe on her own and wander wherever she wanted before returning home to Bob. The following year, she decided she would like to walk on the Great Wall and again, set out on her own to explore China and Tibet. She returned from that trip in time to join Bob on his own dream of dipping his toes in the Arctic Ocean, following a lengthy drive in their truck and camper. This summer, Wendy will be accompanying Bob on another camper adventure down the west side of the Fraser River before arriving at her final resting place in Surrey. Bob says this time, he will be able to drive, stop and park where ever he wants!
Thank you to Dr. Miller, Dr. Fibich, Dr. Key, Dr. Din and all other doctors, nurses and caregivers involved in her care. A special thank you to all caregivers at the Cancer Center of the North who provided such special warm care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rotary Hospice House or the BC Cancer Society In Memory of Wendy Milligan
Much loved, greatly cherished and
forever missed. Love you Mom.
Memorial service took place Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1 pm at Assman’s Funeral Chapel, 1908 Queensway Street, Prince George. Pastor Mel Fehr officiating. Reception to celebrate Wendy’s life followed the service. Wendy’s request was that everyone visit and laugh and share happy memories.