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Marjorie M. Milligan

April 20, 1956 February 20, 2016
Marjorie M. Milligan
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Marjorie M. Milligan, 59, of Pitman Street died February 20, 2016 at home. She was a poet.
She was born in Providence, Rhode Island, daughter of Keith G. and Mary B. (Connors) Milligan.  Besides her parents, she leaves a brother and sister-in-law Keith G. Milligan, Jr. and Julie Milligan of Pawtucket, dear friends, Christina Ormai and Pamela Moniz, and pal Ebenezer Sowah.
She graduated from East Providence High School in 1974, the University of Rhode Island in 1979, received a M.A. from Rhode Island College in 1985 and an M.F.A. from Brown University in 1992. While at Brown she received teaching assistantship and the Peter Kaplan Fellowship in Poetry. She was also the recipient of an Artist’s Project Grant from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts. In 1999 she received the first Philbrick Award in Poetry from the Providence Athenaeum and her chapbook “Coats Field” was published. She gave many poetry readings, most with the “Pitman Street Poets” and had poems published in numerous publications.
Ms. Milligan volunteered at the former Rhode Island Association for the Blind, Little Brothers, Little Sisters, Butler Hospital, The Women’s Center, Project Persona (tutoring Indochinese refugees in English), Amnesty International, and the Rhode Island Project AIDS where she was one of the first two women “buddies” in Rhode Island.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 27 at 11am in the Historic Chapel at Swan Point Cemetery, Blackstone Blvd, Providence to which relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, PO Box 780, New York, NY  10008-0780.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 27 at 11am in the Historic Chapel at Swan Point Cemetery, Blackstone Blvd, Providence to which relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, PO Box 780, New York, NY  10008-0780.

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