d. Dec. 8, 2013
Margaret Milligan, 95, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1918, died on Dec. 8, 2013, in Redmond, Wash., where she resided the past six years.
Margaret was the only child of Samuel and Stella (Delacourt) Milligan and never married. She attended Hughes High School in Cincinnati, serving on the school’s newspaper and magazine staffs until her graduation in 1936. Margaret received a bachelor of sciences in applied arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1940. She had a brief career in radio after college, and then moved with her widowed mother to Los Angeles in the late 1940s.
In 1958, during the infancy of computers, Margaret started the “Data Processing Digest,” a computer abstracting publication. It grew to have a wide circulation and afforded her the opportunity to travel to computer conventions in Europe and Asia. In 1980, Margaret moved to Davis, where she continued as editor and owner of the “Digest,” and was one of a group of people who constructed a cooperative of living units in what is now Village Homes.
In the late 1980s, after her mother turned 100 years old, Margaret became involved with issues of senior housing. She ceased publication of the “Digest” in the mid-1990s, but continued advocating on behalf of seniors and senior housing as long as she lived in Davis. In 1999, Margaret became a member of the Davis Senior Citizens Commission where she served until 2002, advocating strongly for housing for middle-income seniors. She received the Humanitarian Award from the Davis Human Relations Commission for her work there.
Shortly after helping establish University Retirement Community, which opened in 2000, she began advocating for another senior housing project and helped found what became Eleanor Roosevelt Circle, which opened in early 2007. This project in particular excited Margaret because it, unlike all other senior housing projects in Davis, is the first and only one that accommodates a mix of income groups. Margaret was very surprised when the Community Room at ERC was named the Margaret Milligan Community Room in her honor.
Due to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, Margaret relocated to Redmond, Wash., in 2007 to be near a cousin. She felt she had come full circle because she lived so near computer giant Microsoft’s headquarters. She maintained a wonderful sense of humor and was a favorite at the adult family home where she lived for the past three years.
She is survived by cousins Julie Virjee of Rolling Hills, Calif.; Brian Condit of Cathedral City, Calif.; Sheila Hubbard of Redmond, Wash.; Barbara Pletz of Columbus, Ohio; Lisa Wilkosz of Columbus, Ohio; William Pletz Jr. of Beaverton, Ore.; and their families. Margaret’s ashes will be interred at the Davis Cemetery at a date to be arranged in the spring.
Margaret requested no public services, and suggested that anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution in her memory may do so to Davis Senior Housing Communities Inc. at DSHC/Margaret Milligan, 675 Cantrill Drive, Davis, CA 95618.