Carol Patricia Milligan

January 2, 1945 - December 11, 2021
January 3, 2022 25 Condolences Print Obituary

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Carol “Mama Bear” Milligan, our loving, devoted mother and friend. Carol left us while sleeping peacefully at the Pilgrims Hospice in Edmonton, on December 11th 2021.

Carol was a bright shining star to everyone who knew her and will be sorely missed. She is survived by her children; Sandra, Lesley, Tim (Daniella), grandchildren; Chelsey and Lucas.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dave, brother Bill, sister Jeannie, and parents Joan and Bert.

Carol was born in County Kent, England in 1945. As a small child, she and her mother arrived in Canada via Ship to the famous Pier 21 in Halifax, then travelled by train to Wetaskiwin, where she spent the next 5 years with Grandparents.

Carol married Dave Milligan and had 49 fun filled years together! Carol and Dave were heavily involved in the communities that they lived in. They curated the annual "Swim Across the Lake Fundraiser" for over 20 years. Carol was an excellent archer winning the Alberta Champion in her teens. She also played a mean game of badminton. Carol and Dave helped put on the Elmwood Variety Show, where Carol would do dance numbers including the Can-can and Dave would do the stage lighting. Carol was also involved with the Royal Canadian Legion Norwood Branch.
Carol was a respected member of the Edmonton Real Estate Board for 46 years. Dave and Carol built a thriving real estate and property management business, alongside their eldest daughter Sandra.

At one point Dave and Carol owned a small plane. One Christmas taking all three children to Disneyland! Leaving lasting memories for all.
Carol enjoyed spending her summers at the cabin with a house filled with family and friends. She was the center of influence with a great many friends and was the happiest puttering around her home on the lake. She loved making a fire in the firepit, cleaning up sticks and logs, picking rocks to clean up the beach, and planting her favourite sweet peas, Geraniums, and Begonias. She loved to host trips to the falls on the “party deck”. Playing a game of cards on the front porch or reading a book on the back porch was where you could find her on a sunny day.
It was said that a dog won the canine lottery when you became a pet of Dave and Carol, so we must mention beloved dogs, Sherry, Buddy, Sparky, Rouge, all of which had first dibs to lay on any couch in the house.

Carol cooked the most amazing meals, our favorites were her turkey stuffing, gravy, devilled eggs, angel food cake, carrot cake with cream cheese icing, butter tarts, Grandma's rainy-day beef and barley stew, her famous crab dip and potato salad, just to name a few!

Carol loved to go to warm sunny destinations. Cruises became her favorite way to travel especially with her family and friends.

She loved to write personalized letters and cards. She always lent a sympathetic ear to anyone in need. She was always hopeful and positive and her words came from an empathetic stance. A few of her favorite sayings were; “the more the merrier”, “don't poke the bear”, "if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all”.

The family asks that in honour of Carol that you may please share a short story or anecdote from the time you spent with her and how she touched your life. Thank you.

  1. She will be so missed by so many

  2. Carol and Dave were a huge part of my childhood and life and provided me with unlimited encouragement, guidance and fun. I will treasure all of my sleepovers, trips, adventures and long talks I have had with her forever and will miss her and Dave immensely. Sending the Milligan family lots of love, thanks for sharing “grandma” with me and my siblings, we are forever grateful!

  3. Deepest condolences to the family. Loved the time I got to spend with Carol! Especially guiding her up Dunns Falls in Jamaica, from the rear! Had a wonderful time on that girls trip, and many more times in Seymour Arm. She will alway be fondly remembered. Diane

  4. Carol was a very special lady! She will definitely be missed!

  5. Aunty Carol,

    Thank you for showing my sister and I that we could live a better life and showing us that better things were possible. Thank you for never judging our situation, instead giving us hope and teaching us camping and life skills. Thank you for being the cool B.C. Aunt who took the time to explain every car ride question imaginable. Thank you for teaching me about the mountains, trees and highways and how to get to the lake and all the areas around it. I find myself never lost in BC because of this. I thank you for showing me how to be classy and cool all at the same time. I thank you for every Christmas we had with you and Dave at Bright Nights and every dinner after at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Thank you for being there for us when everything else was wrong.
    Thank you for everything. I love you.

  6. Carol was always warm and kind every visit or meet up. Extending invites on her porch or boat! Always appreciated her and the kindness! You were a Seymour fixture and will be missed! 💙
    Thank you Carol!
    Rest in much Peace!
    Dear Milligan Family, have peace in your Heart💙

  7. I worked closely with Dave and Carol for many years. We also were close friends so I have spent some memorable times at the cabin. I cooked spaghetti for a fundraiser and partied hearty over the years. I miss her already and know my life is altered by her departure. I’m sure Carol is dancing with her beloved Dave and watching over her whole family who she loved so much.

  8. Carol Davidson January 5, 2022
    I will miss Carol and am so sorry we were not able to spend time together. Before Covid took over all of our lives we had planned on going to the movies and or lunch. I’m sad that we were unable to do those things… and now we never will. Since she has passed I picture her with Dave, her husband and companion, of many years. I feel blessed to have known her.💕

  9. We will miss Carol’s endless optimism and exuberance. She helped us buy our first house 40 years ago! We were always delighted to visit with your family over the years. Carol and Dave will be remembered for their love, generosity and beautiful smiles. Rest in Paradise together ❤️

  10. What a lovely obituary you have written of Carol’s life! I learned many things that I did not know about her. We came to know Carol and Dave through Helen and Bill Thomas and our fun times camped at Silver Beach. And then got to know her better when we moved to Dasnieres Bay and spent so much more time at Seymour. She was a genuinely warm and lovely soul, and I will seeing her at the lake. A life cut too short, but she has left beautiful memories to all who knew her.

  11. Carol was a beautiful woman, inside and out. My fondest memory of Carol was meeting her during the Seymour Arm Summer Sizzler when I played ball with Lesley. Always smiling, Carol made a point to go out of her way to say hello and make me feel welcome. I will never forget Carol Milligan’s kindness. A gem of a woman. Godspeed.

  12. I have so many great memories of my sister Carol. The camper trips to Shuswap and other beautiful lakes and rivers are so precious to me now. Everyone liked Carol because she was kind and a good listener. The past few years I’ve been out to the lake more than ever and I am so grateful for it. I also got chosen to drive with Carol to and from the lake to Edmonton. We really enjoyed our drives through the mountains blasting Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash and singing along. I miss her so much already but I am glad she is not having to fight anymore. Bless you Lesley for the care and love you put in.

  13. Carol, I am so sorry this happened to you. I always hoped we would be able to travel to more places together. You were the best big sister I could’ve asked for. Always there with your perfect hair and happy go lucky attitude. So glad we got to do our sibling holiday with all our brothers and sisters. I will never forget that trip. Best day ever! Love you forever. Didy

  14. Going to miss you Carol. I’ll never forget Dave and you showing me and Diane how to dance for our wedding. Hope you and Dave are together right now dancing in heaven with Bill joining in.

  15. Growing up she was always around! She always had such a warm energy about her, and a big smile on her face.

    One of the days after we lost her, I was driving home, and I had this memory of when we bought our house. I remembered driving up, and coming inside, and there she was waiting in the empty kitchen with a big smile on her face.

    As I drove up and parked, I came inside our house, and I could feel that same warm energy. I’ll always be grateful that she (and Sandra) helped us find our home. Being in my kitchen reminds me of that warm smile she had that day!

    We are definitely going to miss her presence in our family, but reading these comments really shows what a great life she led and what a lasting legacy she leaves behind. We love you and we will miss you Auntie Carol ❤️

  16. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady! Carol was always so welcoming and encouraging during the “swim across the lake”. Seymour Arm will not be the same without her. My deepest sympathies to all the Milligans. Sending you all my warmest thoughts and prayers.

  17. Dear Carol it is so very sad that you had to leave us. My love and prayers go out to your siblings Di Rob and Jo and your children. Les you are amazing women and am so very glad you were there everyday with Carol during her illness.Carol you will be missed greatly . Am so glad that I had the pleasure to know you Love always

  18. never did make it to the lake but was always comfortable talking with Carol and always felt welcome in their home while hanging with Tim and Leslie. she will be missed.

  19. Our sincere condolences for the Milligan Family. They have been our friends and cabin neighbours for well over 30 years, always ready with a helping hand, even without asking. We will miss Carol and her warm personality and welcoming smile. There will never be a time walking past on the back trail or the beach without a happy memory of Carol. Remembering the relaxing times on their front porch or dock and being able to drop in with morning coffee in hand for a quick chat often became an extended visit. She always had interest in our grandkids Cam and Sam and what they were up to and especially loved to hear about and view the pictures of our overseas grandkids.
    We will miss Carol dearly and wish the Milligan family peace at heart to get through this very difficult time. Your parents are together again.
    ❤️ Hartmut and Ineke

  20. Although we never got to know you, just reading all these beautiful tributes are quite telling of what a beautiful person you were, inside and out. Rest in peace Carol, a life very well lived.

  21. I only met Carol twice, both times were very special. She welcomed me with grace and warmth into her home and into her beautiful lake community, like we were old friends. A remarkable woman with beauty and wisdom, gone too soon.

  22. Carol, we had a time, didn’t we. Getting together at the hotel, many times At your cabin, always welcoming. Thanksgiving with your family and mine at the hotel. The lake froze that year so everyone was breaking ice going to Sicamous. We did a few years trophy fishing at Winifred Lake. Flying in – 2 trips but you and I always relied on Leslie to untangle our lines and for Dave to fillet the fish we caught. Remember the guy that filled up his pontoons (attached to his airplane) with pickerel. Yep got caught and the wardens seized his plane. Didn’t we have a time at the wilderness camp? No booze allowed but we joined the line at the liquor store early in the morning. We had many great times, laughing and yes crying. I won’t forget you dear girl. You will always be in my heart.

    Sandra, Leslie, Tim, Chelsea, Lucas, my very deepest condolences.

  23. Sending my condolences to the family
    I always remember going over to their house to ply with Sandy on 85 street when I was a small child she was very nice and always had snacks for us kids
    The last time I saw her was a few years ago at our other childhood friends Dads funeral
    She was a beautiful soul ❤️

  24. Joan and I send our condolences to Sandy, Leslie, Tim and all the family. Carol was a true inspiration to us both personally and professionally. I met Dave and Carol in 1975 when they purchased their Cessna 185 CF-XDA. Dave and Carol were so generous and open to allow me to fly it and take the family on a two week Christmas grand adventure to Los Angelos. They trusted others unequivocally which is a rare attribute indeed. Joan and I visited them and were welcomed at the cottage at Seymour Arm on a number of occasions, one time I flew from Fort St. John in a float equipped Cessna 185 and parked at the dock for the visit. I was welcomed at family socials at their home in Edmonton many times as well. I was asked by Carol to go to Dave’s 50th birthday party downtown Edmonton and do a short speech which brought many memories back of ‘the old days’…great fun. I could write a book on the many adventures and memories. We are sending our warm thoughts and prayers at this time to the family.

  25. Our heartfelt condolences to Leslie, Tim and Sandra. Carol was always a warm and welcoming person and would always make time for you no matter what. Both Dave and Carol provided me (Shane) with so many of my best lifetime memories that I will always cherish and look back on with a smile and warm heart. I always looked up to you and Dave with the upmost respect on how you lived and shared your lives with everyone. You will be missed.

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