Mesquite quilter responds to Tanksley funeral with comforting craft
Monitor Staff Reports
MESQUITE–A quilter, who was touched by the expression of grief and respect at the loss of Kemp resident and First Responder William Scott Tanksley answered a call from the Heroes Memorial Foundation to make a quilt for Scott’s family.
Michele Milligan, 41, read a Facebook message from a man seeking the creation of a quilt to honor Tanksley and she responded.
You see Milligan had seen the line of cars and emergency vehicles, police motorcycles and flags displayed on Feb. 17 for Tanksley motorcade on Northwest Highway.
The funeral procession for the Dallas firefighter passed right in front of her.
“I literally pulled over into the parking lot of the Jack in the Box and cried,” she told WFAA News. “I don’t know him; never met his family; but it touched me that all these people would honor this man in that way.”
So when the opportunity presented itself to do something, she did.
So far she has been able to collect T-shirts and patches from fire and police departments across Texas and the nation.
She put the work out online, and the message has spread to New York, California, Disneyland Arizona, Indianapolis and Andover, she said.
“These aren’t even all of them. I continue to get boxes and envelopes every day with patches and T-shirts in them. She’s going to continue to accept donations for the quilts through June 1.
“Then we will begin the planning phase for the quilts,” she said.
She plans to create one quilt for Scott’s widow and three smaller ones for his children. “It will be something they can hold on to,” she said.
One of her favorite T-shirts comes from Mississippi State University, where Scott played college baseball.
She expects the work to take six to eight months to complete with a few willing hands.
If anyone wants to donate a patch, they can be sent to Pieced Together Studios, C/O Michele Milligan, 15330 LBJ Frwy, Suite 421, Mesquite, TX 75150.