Nancy Elizabeth Milne passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. She was born in Lansing, Michigan, on September 29, 1925, the eldest child of Francis and Edith (Frost) Baxter. She graduated from Lansing Eastern High School, where she made friendships that would last throughout her life. Nancy attended Michigan State College, earning a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics.
She was a life-long member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where, on August 30, 1947, she married Gordon Milne Jr. of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She was devoted to her family and, when her children were older, she took a job with Lansing Public Schools as a teachers’ aide, retiring in 1989. She was also an active member of the PEO sorority and volunteered with the Sparrow Hospital Auxiliary in the gift shop. Nancy was a gifted needleworker, excelling in knitting, embroidery and needlepoint, and she contributed her art to the needlepoint kneelers at St. Paul’s. Nancy and Gordon loved to travel, and they had many adventures around the world, from the Arctic Circle to Greece. They also enjoyed several weeks each summer on Lake Leelanau, Michigan.
Nancy was preceded in death by Gordon, her husband of 69 years, and her brother Francis Wesley “Bill” Baxter. She is survived by her daughter Jane McCaffree (James) Bisaha of Alpharetta, Georgia; son Robert (Claire) Milne of Kalamazoo, Michigan; son James (Theresa) Milne of East Lansing, Michigan; three grandchildren, Christopher McCaffree of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Ian and Hope Milne of East Lansing, Michigan; her sister, Barbara Baxter-Berman, of Palo Alto, California; sister-in-law Keitha Shaull Baxter of Portland, Oregon; Gordon’s sister Sara (Gerald) Nonken of Canton, Connecticut and Naples, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, on Friday, May 12, at 11:00 a.m. Contributions in Nancy’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 West Ottawa St., Lansing, MI 48933, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 2111 University Park Dr., Suite 200, Okemos, MI 48864. The family is being served by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw Street, Lansing, MI 48933.