WILMINGTON — Betty Downer Milliken, 85, passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.
She was born August 24, 1931. in Laurens, S.C., the daughter of the late John Bunyon Downer and Jenny Belle Mills Downer. She was preceded in death by her son, Donnie Thompkins; sisters, Ruby Manley, Mary Gurber and Dorothy Cox; and brothers Ray Downer and J.B. Downer.
Betty worked for numerous years at Jimbo’s Family Restaurant in Wilmington.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Patricia Malpass, and her husband, Sam, of Wilmington, Marie Benton, and her husband, Kenneth, of Wilmington; Sylvia Thompson, and her husband, Neil, of Leland, Oscar “Buster” Gore, and his wife, Shellia, of Supply and Chris Milliken, and his wife, Connie, of Wilmington; 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; sister, Joy Benton; brothers, Thomas Downer and John Downer; and numerous other loving family members.
A service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at Quinn McGowen Wilmington Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.