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Mary Middleton
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Mary Jean Middleton, 75, passed away at home on Sunday, July 5 in Laguna Woods, CA after a long battle with cancer.

She was born August 2, 1933 in Marshall, Minnesota. At age three, she traveled with her parents, Frank, Sr. and Dorothy, to the jungles of French Equatorial Africa, now French Cameroon, where her father was employed as a mining engineering for a French mining company. In 1939, the family moved to California and took up residence on a farm near the city of Escalon.

Miss Middleton attended Escalon High School graduating in 1951. She went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree at Cal Berkeley and her Masters Degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton. She taught school all over the world, starting with the Stockton Unified School District, before traveling to Europe and Thailand to teach the children of military families.

She ended her career in education as a librarian in Costa Mesa. She was a world traveler with several trips to Europe and Asia, seven trips to Africa and one to Antarctica.

Survivors include her brother, Frank (Jane) Middleton; sister Martha (Jim) Edeal; and three nieces and four nephews.

A Memorial Mass and service will be held on Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 19399 East Highway 120, Escalon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary's name to Heartland Hospice, 725 W. Town & County Road, Suite 130, Orange, CA 92838 or to the Bonnie Jean Thompson scholarship fund at the University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95211.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

July 29, 2009