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Donna M. (Grisdale) Milliman

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Jan. 26, 1929 - July 5, 2013

Donna M. (Grisdale) Milliman died Friday, July 5, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.
She was born January 26, 1929 to Arthur and Gertrude (Davis) Grisdale in Mt. Pleasant, MI, the 7th of 11 children. After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy, Donna earned her teaching degree from Central Michigan University in 1948. She taught elementary grades and coached the girl's high school basketball team in Beaverton for several years before a brief move to Minnesota. Upon her return to Michigan she began work in the business office at the Lansing State Journal. There she met Richard Milliman, then a Journal reporter. They were married at St. Mary's Cathedral on April 7, 1956. While raising their three children, Donna continued her career as an active participant in the family's newspaper business, Milliman Newspaper Group. In addition to being a trusted confidant and advisor, she served as corporate secretary, as office manager and as landlord at various newspaper locations throughout the state for many years.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James, Joseph, Thomas and Gerald Grisdale; and sisters, Kathleen Cochran, Margaret Wood, Jane Williams, Patricia Grisdale, and Mary Grisdale. Her sister Betty (Nyle) Haggart of Clare survives.
She is also survived by Dick, her devoted husband of 57 years, and children, Teresa (David) Brandell of Lansing, Dirk (Penny) Milliman of Haslett and Ann Marie (Mike) Epstein of Lansing. Also surviving are the nine grandchildren she adored, Stephanie (Mark) Arduini of Seattle; Joshua Fitzwater of Minneapolis, Leslie (Matt) LeBlanc of Grayling, Joseph Fitzwater of Peoria, IL, Callie and Logan Milliman of Haslett, Danielle, Allison and Adam Epstein of Lansing and great grandson Jameson Milliman.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at St. Gerard Church with additional visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
In memory of Donna contributions can be made to the Michigan Press Association Foundation's Richard and Donna Milliman Scholarship Fund, or to the Fr. Weber Endowment Fund at St. Gerard, or the Grisdale Family Scholarship at Sacred Heart Academy.
Published in The Morning Sun on July 9, 2013
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