Joan Milliman, 71

Joan L. “Nana” Milliman, 71, of Sturgis, passed away Saturday morning July 31, 2010, at Fairview Living Centre in Centreville.

She was born March 20, 1939, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Harrison and Viva (Waldron) Rippey.

Nana had resided in the Sturgis area her whole life, and graduated from Burr Oak High School with the class of 1958.

She retired from the Dometic Corporation in LaGrange, Ind., after 19 years of employment. Following her retirement, she worked as a receptionist at Wal-Mart in Sturgis for several years.

Nana was a member of Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW Auxiliary and a past member of the Women of the Moose Sturgis Chapter #613. She enjoyed playing bingo, gambling and going to casinos. She loved her many animals.

She is survived by two daughters, Kristine Milliman and Karla Milliman, both of Sturgis; four grandchildren, Justin Marie Smith of Thayer, Mo., Heather Waite of Sturgis, Adam Boughton of Sturgis and Andrew Boughton, stationed in Germany with the U.S. Air Force; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce (Howard) VanEtten of South Carolina and Jerry Shaver of Florida; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a daughter, Kathy Milliman.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends for a time of fellowship, sharing of memories and a meal from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW, 264 W. Fawn River Road, Sturgis. Private burial of the ashes will take place at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.

The Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel of Sturgis is entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial donations to the family would be appreciated to help with expenses, c/o: Karla Milliman, 516 N. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.

Her obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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