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Johnnye W. Milligan

October 1, 1924July 17, 2020

Johnnye Wesley Jones was born October 1, 1924, in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. She met Henry Milligan in California, they married in Las Vegas, NV on November 1, 1972. She was employed by County of Los Angels for 25 years as an Occupational Therapist. She also received her BA degree from California State University Dominguez Hills, CA. Johnnye was involved in her union Service Employees International Union Local 721 for 50 plus years as an employee and a retiree. She would advocate and lobby for the rights of workers at the local, state, and national levels. Her duties allowed her to be seen in the Capitol building as well as many conventions. These are a few of the organizations she participated in Coalition of Black Labor Unions, A. Phillip Randolph Institute and California Alliance Retired. Johnnye strongly believed in helping and speaking up and out for others as such she volunteered as an Ombudsman for the County of Los Angeles. Johnnye was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Los Angeles, California for many years. While attending there she was a member of the Church Council, Altar Guild, and choir. After her relocation to Las Vegas, NV she became an active member and participated with Saint Andrew Lutheran Church. Johnnye loved to be active. She loved to dance, exercise, especially stretching and yoga. She loved to travel, and she saw much of the world. She enjoyed telling her many traveling experiences with lots of humor. For her ninety birthday, she went to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the balloon festival. After that, she went to the Panama Canal, Brazil and Hamburg, Germany. Her splurge was high-end shopping for hats and shoes. While in Las Vegas Johnnye found a class that she loved, Spanish. Her daily activities also included reading the paper, crossword puzzles, and studying for her Spanish class. Time nor words cannot express the zest Johnnye had for life and the people that she met along the way.


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 30, 2020


Johnnye W. Milligan

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Bobbie Jean Anderson

August 2, 2020

I was so shocked to see on Facebook that Johnnye had passed. She and I served together on Seiu721 retiree Committe until she moved to Vegas some years ago. She was a friendly and interesting person! She used to attend some of the New Frontier Democratic club events. Was always willing to lend a helping hand. I was blessed to have known her. May she Rest In Peace.🙏❤️

Jennifer Walsh

August 1, 2020

Johnnye was a joy to be around. I was so fortunate to have her join my family at holiday meals. Her love for watching sports made her push one of the men from the couch to watch the ball game on Thanksgiving. The prior Christmas she demonstrated her flossing skills. She will be missed.


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