Florence Dodge Fisher Millikin, 93

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 9:45am

Florence Dodge Fisher Millikin, 93, passed away peacefully in her home on Block Island, a quarter of a mile away from where she was born on Jan. 29, 1922.

She was the daughter of Charles Freeman Milliken, a Block Island fisherman, and Donalda Fisher Milliken.

She was predeceased by her husband, George G. Millikin, of 43 years, a farmer and taxi driver with whom she raised two children on George’s grandfather’s farm on Pilot Hill, and her son, George G. Millikin, Jr., in 1986.

“I was a Milliken before I married and I married a guy named Millikin,” she was quoted in The Block Island Times in 2004. “I guess they were from different outfits!”

Her most enjoyable time was during her many years at the Block Island School’s state lunch program, working alongside her sister, Eva Mott.

In later years, she was the dispatcher for her husband’s taxi business. She had a passion for collecting old Block Island post cards, and was an avid word puzzle-solver. She enjoyed watching the birds at her feeders and always could be found sitting in her chair with a dog at her feet and a cat on her lap. She never lost her sense of humor.

She is survived by her sisters, who are twins, Eva Mott, of Sebastian, Florida; and Ruth Sprague, of South Kingston, R.I.; daughter SueAnn Shaw and husband Robert; grandson Ely Millikin and wife Amy, of Warwick, R.I.; grandaughter Kelsey Shaw, of Narragansett, R.I.; three great-grandchildren, Tatum Shaw, Aneira Millikin, and Ari Millikin; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Mary D. Fund.

A burial service will be held at the Island Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. A reception will follow at the Topside Café on Ocean Avenue.