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Elizabeth "Lizzie" Wagner Milbocker
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Birth: May 30, 1876
Lapeer County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jan. 21, 1969
Otsego County
Michigan, USA

Elizabeth is the daughter of Jacob and Julia (Kaufman) Wagner.

Siblings: Louis, Mary, Anthony

Spouse: Clement Milbocker (Married 2-25-1894, North Branch, Lapeer County, Michigan)

Their Children: Martha, William, Thomas, Irene, Frederick, Julia, Agnes, Sylvester, Francis, Marcus, Gertrude, Helen

At time of her death, she had 48 grandchildren, 101 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Interests/hobbies: Among others, knitting, crocheting, television

Elizabeth married her Aunt Elizabeth (Kaufman) Milbocker's brother-in-law, Clement. The 2 women began as aunt and niece, and ended, with identical names, as sisters-in-law.

The couple moved to Gaylord in 1895; raised all their children on the "Milbocker Farm", on Milbocker Road.

Her daughter, Irene Bailey, recalled how, when she returned from school, Elizabeth, appearing exhausted, would be rocking a baby and cooking, etc., at the same time.

Every other day, she baked 14 loaves of bread, and canned 400-500 jars of fruit each season, not to mention all the school lunches she packed daily. Their farm provided chickens, beef, milk, eggs and wild fruit.

There always seemed to be room for one more child in the house. The family often gathered around the dining-room table, and not just for meals. They always enjoyed doing things together, including visiting kin and neighbors, enjoying a meal with them, celebrating holidays, and going to nearby lakes.

Clement preceded her in death on 10-18-1941. Two years after he died, Elizabeth left the farm, moved to the City of Gaylord, and began doing domestic work for others.

Granddaughter, Junice (Milbocker) Young, described one visit with Elizabeth:
"Aunt Irene's husband, Harold Bailey, a contractor, built Grandma a home next to his and Irene's. We called it the 'Dollhouse', because it was quite small. I remember one occasion, when I spent the night with her. The next morning, she got up and began cooking a huge breakfast for us. She made enough food to feed an army! It was as if she was living in the past, when she cooked big meals f/ Grandpa and their 12 children!"

In 1961, because of her age, Irene and Harold decided they needed to move her out of the 'Dollhouse', and into their East Main Street, Gaylord, home. It was there that she celebrated her 90th birthday, with an "Open House", and allowed reporters to interview her. Later, the story of her extraordinary life was published in the local newspaper. Elizabeth remained with the Baileys until her death.

Funeral Mass was held at 11am, on 1-24-1969, at St Mary's Church, Gaylord, where she was a lifetime member. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home.


Family links: 
  Julia Kaufman Wagnor (1845 - 1880)
  Clement Milbocker (1859 - 1941)*
  Martha Ellen Milbocker (1895 - 1907)*
  Irene Mary Milbocker Bailey (1901 - 2001)*
  Francis Andrew Milbocker (1911 - 1981)*
  Marcus Raymond Milbocker (1914 - 1987)*
  Gertrude Lauretta Milbocker (1916 - 1920)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Mary Cemetery
Otsego County
Michigan, USA
Maintained by: Mary Abbey
Originally Created by: Mary Flath-Pardo
Record added: Jan 24, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17670691
Elizabeth Lizzie <i>Wagner</i> Milbocker
Added by: Mary Abbey
Elizabeth Lizzie <i>Wagner</i> Milbocker
Added by: Mary Flath-Pardo
Elizabeth Lizzie <i>Wagner</i> Milbocker
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Rest in peace, Aunt Lizzie.
- Great-Niece, Mary Abbey
 Added: Jul. 22, 2011

- Donna Sue Johnson- Coon
 Added: Sep. 23, 2007

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