Dulce Maria Milligan’s spirit left on Tuesday morning of Feb. 16. But her last sigh was at 7:55 p.m. on Friday, Feb.19, 2021, at Miller’s Merry Manor of Warsaw, at the age of 95. Prayers that grant her peace in the afterlife are welcomed.
She was born on Sept. 12, 1925, in Ciego de Ávila, Camagüey, Cuba, to Tomasa (Hernandez) Genara and Jose Genara. On March 19, 1950, she was married to Ignacio Fabio Aragon who was also a native of Ceigo de Ávila. He passed away in 1957. She eventually remarried to Bill Milligan, and he passed away in 1978.
Dulce grew up in Cuba and she battled against Dictator Fulgencio Batista; then against the self-proclaimed Christian (Socialist/Communist) Fidel Castro. She spent time in a Communist jail with a total of 100 women, who were starved, beaten and raped. Priests would bring them sandwiches to eat.
She sent her daughter to the United States of America in December of 1961 on a PP (Pedro Pan) flight. Under Castro’s Socialist/Communist regime she was not allowed to leave Cuba until the Freedom Flights were enacted by President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1965-1973. She tried to connect with her daughter, but working in a factory (sometimes three shifts) was only able to reconnect when her daughter was 16 years old.
Dulce worked as an assembler for Zenith Rowland in Melrose Park, Ill., and lived throughout the United States moving to Warsaw in 2013. Dulce always had love for her Lord, and wherever she lived she would attend a church. While living in Arizona, she attended a non-denominational church.
Dulce’s remarkable life will forever be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Jane (Jim) Haney, Leesburg; and everyone who was ever fortunate enough to have met this wonderful lady. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, son, Andre Aragon, two brothers, Alberto del Rosario and Froilan del Rosario.
Dulce’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 20201, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana. There will be an hour of calling prior to the service from 4 -5 p.m.
Memorial donations may be directed to New Hope Pet Rescue, 72555 County Road 29, Syracuse, Indiana 46567.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s website at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com.