Our friend, Jacqueline Milligan, died peacefully and in good care at Whidbey Health Center in Coupeville on August 6, 2021. We remember her as an artist, a writer, a horsewoman, a romantic, a woman with a fiercely independent spirit and a great sense of fun.
Her life began in Chicago on July 24, 1924, but Jacquie grew up in California, graduating from Fairfax High School in West Hollywood. She worked as a model and then as an assistant producer in movies and television. She wrote successful treatments for series’ such as Hawaii Five-O. In later years, she wrote and published Whootie Gives a Hoot, a children’s book series.
In 1985, Jacquie moved to Whidbey Island, landed a job with the Boeing Company as an executive assistant, and settled into the Island life that she loved for the next thirty-six years. Active in all of her favorite pursuits, she painted with Whidbey artists’ groups, wrote with local critique groups, and joined the team that produced the acclaimed Whidbey Island Writers Conference. But animals and the outdoors gave her the most joy, and she was a familiar sight on the Whidbey horse trails, astride one or another of her beloved mares.
Jacquie made friends wherever she went, and in her last years, plagued by failing health, she gathered a following on social media among fans of Il Volo, a young Italian operatic pop trio whose music gave her great joy. Her Il Volo friends from all over the world will miss her, as will her Whidbey Island friends.
Jacquie leaves two sons, Michael Davis of Germany and Gary Nadler of Arizona; three grandchildren, Yarrin and Josha Davis of Germany and Alaina Gollom of California; and a great-granddaughter, Lindsey Gollom of California.
A private interment ceremony is planned for September 19 at 4:00, with a no host Happy Hour gathering afterward. Anyone interested in joining friends and family to remember Jacquie and celebrate her extraordinary life may call 360-929-8351 for details.