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Ms. Margie Ree Siler Milliken, age 79 of Pittsboro, NC transitioned into eternal rest on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC.
Margie Ree Siler Milliken was born on May 4, 1943, to the Late Lacey and Fannie Siler of Siler City, NC. She loved her family full of siblings who would always protect one another throughout their lifetime, even if it came to a fistfight. She received her education from Chatham Middle School and completed her GED as an adult.
Margie was a warm and caring person. Affectionately referring to many of her family members as “Shug”, she was always kind, upbeat, and making us laugh with her words of wisdom and witty remarks. Even having many grandchildren and great-grandchildren from her four loving daughters, she still remembered every one of their birth dates and had fond stories of each new arrival. Although she dealt with severe health issues for many years, she didn’t let them prevent her from traveling and visiting people. We lovingly called her a “Tough old bird” who was strong and kept it real. Her favorite hobbies were doing crossword puzzles and watching Murder She Wrote movies. She really liked watching Westerns with her husband as well. Grandma was known for her delicious southern cooking, as her family would often fight over her chicken and dumplings, Mac N Cheese, and other classic favorites during the holidays! Every dish was a treat, her daughters even fought their own kids over her holiday fruit and nut gift bags that she gave each of us every year. She made friends wherever she went and in her later days was fondly known at the Laurels of Chatham as “Grandma”.
Margie was a long-standing member of Mitchell Chapel Church and sang in the women’s choir. She also enjoyed her sisterhood and community fellowship as an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star at St. Mark Lodge 644 and the Golden Circle organization. She served in several positions including the title of Worthy Matron. Margie worked very hard in the textile industry for many years, and also as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Surrounded by loving family on November 16, 2022, she transitioned to eternal rest, preceded by her late husband of over 60 years, Samuel Milliken Jr., youngest daughter Samelia McIver, brothers Jazz and Jimmy Siler, and sisters Shirley Hanner and Joyce Foxx.
Here to hold her forever in our hearts, she leaves behind daughters Chestine Smith (Charles Smith), Marie Milliken, and Twyla Peoples (Sterling Peoples); a sister Mary Lois Eubanks, brother Herman Siler; nieces Rose Smith, and Patricia Hill; grandchildren Kia, Kamelia, Chatina, Samuel, Shayna, Justin, Che’forse, Charnell, Brea, Brandi, and Faith; great-grandchildren Talia, Kelly, Lia, Theodore; and a host of other relatives and friends! Special mention to her friend Criscal Quick.
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