NEWMARKET, N.H. – Jeanine M. Milliken, 59, of Exeter Road, died Aug. 29, 2012, at her home, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born March 7, 1953, in Bangor, daughter of Blake and Dolores (Moore) Thibodeau, she was raised in Brewer and was a 1971 graduate of Brewer High School.
After graduation, she worked at Merchants Bank, Bangor, as a bookkeeper until her marriage to George, in 1976, when she moved to Portsmouth, N.H. Jeanine moved to Newmarket, N.H., in 1979. An active member of Newmarket Community Church, Jeanine taught Sunday school, served on the Deaconate, was clerk and helped in the thrift shop. She was also a den leader when her boys were in the Cub Scouts. Jeanine volunteered and worked at Newmarket Public Library and was an aide at Newmarket Junior/Senior High School. She was employed at Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation, where she worked as a programs assistant. Jeanine was a dedicated wife, mother, daughter and sister. She enjoyed family gatherings, singing and laughing, outdoor activities, her flower garden, hiking, and cooking. She loved children, and was always willing to help and serve others. Jeanine would always say “Find the joy in every day,” an expression that she lived by.
In addition to her parents of Dedham, Jeanine is survived by her husband of 35 years, George A. Milliken; two sons, Matthew Milliken of Shrewsbury, Mass., and Brian Milliken of Newmarket, N.H.; brother, Bruce Thibodeau of Parsonsfield; sister, Lorraine Bloodsworth of Bradley; mother-in-law, Marcia Milliken of Eliot; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter St., Newmarket, N.H. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Newmarket Community Church, Main Street, Newmarket, N.H. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Dedham UCC church. Private burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jeanine Milliken Scholarship, care of TD Bank, 72 Exeter St., Newmarket, NH 03857. To sign an online guestbook, visit