Jean Ann Milbocker (Hale), 80

Jean Ann Milbocker (Hale), aged 80, passed away suddenly of natural causes on May 19, 2020.

Born to Jack Hale and Marguerite Hale (Benson) Bloss on Aug. 7, 1939.

Jean attended Allegan High School, graduating in 1957, and Borgess School of Nursing Class of 1960.

She married the love of her life, Robert (Moe) Milbocker, on Sept. 10, 1960.

Always positive and upbeat, she felt blessed by her loving friendships and her family. She made her home open to all, including animals, with some becoming beloved pets. If someone didn’t have a place to go, they were welcome to become a part of the family. People dropping by just to say “hi” brought her great joy.

Jean was a nurse at Allegan General Hospital for many years, a den mother for Cub Scouts, and a lifelong Democrat, doing extensive volunteer work. She also sat on several county boards, including Allegan County Family Planning, Allegan County RCA, and Sunset House.

Jean loved her home and enthusiastically decorated it to celebrate the holidays with her loved ones. She always looked forward to getting together with her friends, shopping, weekend trips to Chicago and taking in the sights, as well as traveling with Moe throughout the US, Canada, and Bahamas. Jean and Moe spent several winters on the Alabama coast, visiting with friends and relatives.

She is survived by daughter, Debra (Ian) Thorburn, Bryce, Maeve, and Madelaine; daughter, Teresa (Scott) Southwick, Autumn (David) Vanliere, Chase, Lydia, Brooke Southwick, and Forrest (Brittany) Southwick, Gunner, Andreya; son, Patrick Milbocker, Dakota (stepson); sister, Kathy (Dick) Caine of California; sisters-in-law, Julia Milbocker (Wayne Burton), Darlene Milbocker, Shirley Milbocker, and Vera Milbocker; brother-in-law, Michael (Onalee) Milbocker; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Milbocker; daughter-in-law, Kim Milbocker; brothers-in-law, Buster Milbocker, Jim Milbocker, Gene Milbocker, and David Milbocker; and sister-in-law, Colleen Milbocker.

Cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration of life at a later date.

Jean will be lovingly remembered for her crazy leopard prints, sweatsuits, music playing throughout the house, assorted ice cream bars stocked in the freezer for the grandkids, beautiful flower gardens and her loving spirit, which will be eternally celebrated.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made to The Allegan County Community Foundation or a local food pantry of one’s choice.


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