In memory of
Jean Middleton
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In memory of
Jean Middleton
Jean Jenkins Middleton July 20, 1930 - April 9, 2017 Durham "I decided to enter this world on July 20, 1930 in Tarboro, NC, as my father, Julian Lawrence Jenkins, and my mother, Ollie Moore Jenkins, were passing through on a trip. Our home was actually Goldsboro, where I spent my first twelve years of absolute fun and innocence. After my father passed away, I moved to Richmond, VA with my family. I attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg VA and Traphagen School of Design in New York City, where I met and married Harry Middleton. I followed my husband to Durham, NC where, over the next several years, I became the mother of five little children. In my spare time, I was very active (and vocal) in PTA, President of the Durham Jaycettes, on the BOD of the American Red Cross, the Pines of Carolina GSA, United Fund, Children's Museum, chairman of the March of Dimes Mother's March, and (the most fun) leader of a girl scout troop for seven years (boy, did I learn during my teaching). When Harry and I went our separate ways, I decided I needed to be paid for my efforts. So I went back to school at Durham Technical Institute, took architectural drafting, and began a thirty year career in drafting, design, construction, and property management. The people I met and worked with during my different jobs were wonderful, and I can't think of anything I could have done, career wise, that would have given me more enjoyment. After my retirement, I traveled as much as possible with my family and my great friends, making several trips to Europe, to many places in the USA and Canada, and my memorable four week trip driving to California and back with four of my favorite people, camping in 110* heat in Death Valley, Nevada, and during a snow storm in Bryce Canyon, Utah, and everything else that happened along the way. My latest involvements were with NC Rail-Trails, and a small investment club, which I started with some of my adult children and their friends, who all do their best to keep me young. I've had a full life and a good one, but the most important part, and the part which I am most proud, are my five unbelievable children who give me so much happiness; Gayley (husband A G Crockett), Bruce (wife Kay), Geoffrey (wife Angie), Melanie (husband Jeff Lilly), and Nancy (husband Jeff Laughinghouse). There are also my beautiful and intelligent grandchildren (they take after me); Kate Crockett, who has left us, John Crockett, Brian, Ben and Hannah Middleton, Henry Middleton-Lilly, Owen and Norah Laughinghouse. And there is my forever- young brother, Julian L Jenkins Jr. and his wife, Sue and their three children, Brian, Larry, & Christy. I have loved them all so much. I will be cremated and I guess my children will take things over after that. Honoring my wishes, there will be a get-together of my family and friends to celebrate my life, which I have lived and loved and enjoyed from beginning to end. Now I am with Kate; we're roomies again, painting our nails, and watching Sleepless in Seattle. Leonardo Da Vinci once said "As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings a happy death." I wholeheartedly agree! A celebration of Jean's life will be held at St Luke's Episcopal Church in Durham, NC on April 21, 2017 from 6:30 - 9:00. Please join us to wish her well on her next journey. In lieu of flowers please consider a gift to the Medical Foundation of North Carolina. Please include UNC Hospice and the honoree in the memo line. Medical Foundation of NC 880 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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