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  • Verna Mae Middleton

  • Verna Mae Middleton passed away at Wellington, KS on January 16th, 2010 at Cherished Friends Assisted Living Center at the age of 88.

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  • Verna Mae Middleton
    Verna Mae Middleton passed away at Wellington, KS on January 16th, 2010 at Cherished Friends Assisted Living Center at the age of 88. She was born on July 6th, 1921 in rural Oxford, KS to Robert & Mabel Brown as the 8th of 9 children. Verna graduated from Wellington high school in 1938 and later worked at Harry’s Café in Wellington. She also worked for Vivian Guyer as a housekeeper and babysitter for their son while Vivian ran a beauty shop. Verna married George Middleton February 26th, 1946 in Winfield, KS after George returned from the South Pacific in WW2. Verna was the business manager for their auto repair business that she and George ran out of their home on North B Street in Wellington. She was also the parts runner and knew about as much about what parts George needed as some of the people in the auto parts stores. Verna & George have one Son, Keel born in 1958.
    Verna was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1999, her parents, four brothers, Vern, Ronald, Charles, & Les Brown and two sisters Margaret Evans and Mary Scott. Verna is survived by her son Keel Middleton and his wife Anna of Wellington and two grandsons, Thane & Todd Middleton both of Overland Park, KS. She is also survived by two sisters, Gladys Armstrong of Wellington and LoRee Goodrum of Mayfield and one sister-in-law Gay Brown of Wellington. She had very strong ties to her family and is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
    Verna was a member of the Wellington Church of the Nazarene. She was very mission minded and gave of her money and time to missions. She had a love for Missionaries and her and George and been on one mission trip to Las Cruces, NM in the early 90s to help do repairs to the property on a church there. She had a great connection to former missionary friends Keith & Ruth Jackson. She also had a heart for the Wellington Food bank worrying about people not getting enough to eat and often contributed food or money to them.
    Verna enjoyed writing letters to her family and friends over the years and she also enjoyed calling them and visiting at family re-unions. Verna always seemed to know what was going on with any of the family members at any given time. She also had tremendous recall of names and how they were connected to either a family member or someone she knew. She loved reading and sharing the books she had read with others. She also loved cooking and was an excellent cook as were most of the Brown family. (Family reunions always have some great food!) She loved taking cookies, cakes and pies to various places such as Mill Creek Lumber where Thane worked for a while and to Doctor Naldoza’s office. She (and George) both were dog lovers and almost always had dogs in their home since they were married in 1946. Verna & George also enjoyed camping and water skiing at various lakes in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. For several years they went to Wellington Lake on January 1st to ski of course, wearing wet suits to stay warm. For many years, they camped in tents, then in 1964, bought an old school bus that was converted to a motor home. After they retired, George & Verna traveled quite a bit in their 5th wheel camper. They made trips to South Texas almost every winter. They had also traveled to Alaska, Ontario, Tennessee, Indiana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Colorado, and various lakes in this area after retirement as well.
    Page 2 of 2 - Funeral services will be on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 at the Nazarene Church in Wellington with Pastor Don Cross officiating. Burial will be at Sumner Memorial Gardens along side George and many other member of the Brown Family. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, January 18, 2010 from 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. The family will greet friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Frank Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net.
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