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Sandra J. Milan

July 26, 1953 ~ September 4, 2022 (age 69)


Sandra Jean Milan was born to Archie L. Milan and Ethel Milan Polk on July 26, 1953 in Como, Mississippi. Sandra later relocated to Cleveland, Ohio with her grandparents, Dave and Marine McGhee. Sandra enjoyed living on Olivet Ave. where she met her dear sister-friends for life, Sherlynn Allen-Harris and Evelyn Stephens-Bates. This trio was thick as thieves and they remained best friends throughout Sandra's life. Sandra was a product of Cleveland Public Schools where she graduated from John Hay High School.

In 1968, Sandra welcomed into her life a beautiful baby daughter, Stephanie Cecelia Milan. As a young mother, Sandra put the wellbeing of Stephanie as her most important priority. Later, Sandra married Cleo Bates. He helped her raise little Stephanie in a beautiful stable home in East Cleveland, making it possible for Stephanie to spend the entirety of her educational years in the East Cleveland Public School System. When she graduated from Shaw High, Stephanie became a premier licensed cosmetologist, manager, and master teacher of cosmetology.

After her divorce from Cleo, Sandra met and fell in love with Ricardo Adams. The two of them became life partners, and he too was a father-figure to Stephanie. Sandra always had a generous heart and loving spirit-when Ricardo's sons, Dwayne and Kevin were in need, Sandra didn't hesitate to embrace them like a mother.

Sandra was a talented artist, and an overall creative person. In her spare time, she loved to paint, draw, and use pastels to recreate her favorite album covers and other portraits of family and friends. She was also a great baker and could create delectable, and beautifully decorated cakes which everyone enjoyed.

Sandra will be remembered for her care and concern for her family and dear friends-whom she was fiercely protective of. Mess with Sandra's family and friends and she would put you in your place with a quickness.

One of Sandra's most cherished activities was buying a very large collection of music. She loved Aretha Franklin and most of Motown's record catalogue. Sandra also appreciated the blues music that her Uncle June and her grandfather loved. She also loved to burn CDs for friends. In addition to her music, Sandra loved to dance and she was known in Jr. High, and High School for her dancing skills.
Sadly, Sandra struggled with major illnesses in her 40s and 50s which slowed her down, but she always tried to fight through it all-until God released her from her burden and called her home on September 4, 2022 at University Hospital.

Sandra's memory will be cherished by all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by She will be dearly missed by her mother; Ethel Polk. Her two daughters; Stephanie Milan, Cathy Riley. Her two sons; Dwayne Adams, and Kevin Adams. Her grandchild Dominic Cunningham, De'Angelo Cunningham, and Chyna Williams Her 6 sisters; Linda Proctor, Patricia Folds, Barbra-Jean Williams, and three who proceeded her in death; Evelyn Polk, Georgia Stewart, and Stephanie Williams. Her three brothers; Robert Polk, Lamar Williams, and Bobby Williams Jr. With a host of 12 great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.

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September 15, 2022

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Cleveland, OH 44106

Funeral Service
September 16, 2022

9:30 AM
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10913 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106

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