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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Blanche Middleton

Friday, October 24, 2003

Blanche was born at Nesbit, near Senath, Missouri, February 6, 1907, daughter of Annie E. and Ivan T. Jones. Graduated from Senath High School, then attended Draughon's Business University in Springfield, Missouri. Held positions with law firms in Kennett and with Hardesty & Limbaugh law firm in Cape Girardeau. Assisted in liquidation of defunct National Banks in Rector, Arkansas, and Campbell, Missouri, during the early 1930s.

Served as Administrative Asistant to the late Orville Zimmerman, Representative in Congress until his death in 1948, then as administrative assistant to the late Paul C. Jones who succeeded Congressman Zimmerman. Congressman Jones retired in 1969, after which Blanche moved to Sarasota, Florida, with her husband, the late Harvey Middleton.

Blanche was a member of Harkey's Chapel Church at Nesbit. She was asociate member of Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., taking an active part in the Rustin Couples Sunday School Class, and MYF. She had previously taught a Sunday School Class at Harkey's Chapel Church, and directed the MYF, at that time known as Epworth League.

She is a member of Eastern Star, and American Legion Auxiliary when it was an active organization.

In Washington, D.C., she was active in the Missouri Society, Little Congress, Congressional Staff Club. During World War II, she was active in Civil Defense, Red Cross, and assisted in raising funds for an Army Ambulance, and also in raising funds for Retarded Children's Clinic, and for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

In Sarasota, Florida, she is a member of First United Methodist Church, Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Bird Key Yacht Club, Bay Isles Beach Club.

Blanche was married to Harvey Middleton in Washington, D.C. in 1949. They had one daughter, Jo Ann Middleton Drummond, who now lives in Colonial Beach, Virginia, with her husband, David, and her son, David, Jr. Harvey died in Sarasota, Florida, April 2, 1973.

She was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Joe Harold, Ralph, and James Thomas Jones; 5 sisters, Ivan Jean Newmeyer, Ruth Jones, Aileen Hummert, Bernice Hardin, and Amy Nelle Lindhoff.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Octover 25, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Senath with Rev. Bob McNabb officiating. Burial will be in the Memorial Gardens in Kennett.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church and will continue until service time.

McDaniel Funeral Home of Senath is in charge of arrangements.