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Ruth M. Milligan Sanford

October 1, 1927 May 13, 2017
Ruth M. Milligan Sanford
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Obituary for Ruth M. Milligan Sanford

Ruth M. Milligan Sanford, age 89, of Caldwell, Ohio, died Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. She was born October 1, 1927, in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of the late Howard C. and Margaret Mae Doughtery Milligan. Ruth was a beloved mother and homemaker. She graduated from high school in 1948 from the Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus. She along with her husband held periodic church services in their home for the deaf community for many years, and she was a former member of the Thimble Circle. She was a volunteer lifeguard at the Happy Time Pool in Caldwell upon its opening, and she taught lifesaving to the local Boy Scout troops. Ruth was a softball coach and player for the Lassie League, and she was an avid fan of The Ohio State University, the Cleveland Indians, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. She enjoyed fishing, golfing, swimming, bowling, volleyball, and gardening.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Mattie; and two brothers, Captain Donald F. Milligan and Jack E. Milligan.

Surviving are her husband, Donald W. Sanford, whom she dated three years and married January 14, 1950; two sons, Robert L. (Donna) Sanford of Whitinsville, Massachusetts and Jerry E. Sanford of Caldwell; two grandchildren, Amanda “Amy” Sanford of Whitinsville, Massachusetts and Andrea (Jess) Lachapelle of Northbridge, Massachusetts; four great-grandchildren, Emma, Jake, Joel, and Evan Lachapelle; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 2-4 and 6-8PM at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street, Caldwell, where the funeral service will be observed Friday, May 19th at 11AM with Ken Perkins officiating. Burial will follow at Olive Cemetery in Caldwell. Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbus Colony Ohio School for the Deaf Alumni Association, 1055 Colony Drive, Westerville, Ohio, 43081.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

18

May

2:00 PM 5/18/2017 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 5/18/2017 4:00:00 PM
McVay-Perkins Funeral Home

416 East Street
PO Box 263
Caldwell, OH 43724

McVay-Perkins Funeral Home
416 East Street Caldwell 43724 OH
United States

Visitation

Thursday

18

May

6:00 PM 5/18/2017 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 5/18/2017 8:00:00 PM
McVay-Perkins Funeral Home

416 East Street
PO Box 263
Caldwell, OH 43724

McVay-Perkins Funeral Home
416 East Street Caldwell 43724 OH
United States

Service

Friday

19

May

11:00 AM 5/19/2017 11:00:00 AM
McVay-Perkins Funeral Home

416 East Street
PO Box 263
Caldwell, OH 43724

McVay-Perkins Funeral Home
416 East Street Caldwell 43724 OH
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Olive Cemetery Final Resting Place

189 Olive Street
Caldwell, OH 43724

189 Olive Street Caldwell 43724 OH
United States

Memorial Contribution

Columbus Colony Ohio School for the Deaf

1055 Colony Drive
Westerville, OH 43081
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