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Official Obituary of

Ruth Mildred "Susie" Middlesworth

June 25, 1925 ~ March 29, 2024 (age 98) 98 Years Old

Ruth Mildred "Susie" Middlesworth Obituary

Ruth Mildred (Susie) Middlesworth passed from this life to her eternal home on Friday, March 29, at 7:04 PM, at Century Villa in Greentown. She was born on June 25, 1925, the daughter of Martha Jane (Smith) and Dorey Layton Maple. She spent most of her school years attending Jackson Township School, graduating in 1942. After high school, she attended Purdue University and graduated from the School of Home Economics with honors in 1946. After her graduation, she taught at West Middleton and Jackson High Schools before her marriage to Billy Middlesworth, son of Homer and Sylvia (Woodmansee) Middlesworth, in 1947.

Susie and Bill lived in Jackson Township and farmed for many years. During that time, Susie raised four children and also helped Bill with Gro Mor Nitrogen Corporation and Turf Builders Inc. She taught 5th grade at Eastern Elementary for two years before returning to her major, Home Economics, which she taught at Taylor High for one year and Eastern High School for 20 years. She enjoyed instructing students in cooking and Consumer and Family Science. After retiring from teaching, Susie sold Real estate when she and Bill developed Deer Knoll subdivision in Greentown.

As a lifelong member of Converse Church of Christ, Susie spent many hours in women’s and children’s ministries. While in high school, she played the violin in the school orchestra. Later she played in the Purdue orchestra, the Kokomo orchestra, the church orchestra, and several local string groups. She enjoyed playing and entertaining friends and family until her later years. She and Bill spent many hours volunteering at Howard Community Hospital after they retired. They spent many winters in Bradenton, Florida, and she also volunteered at the hospital there. She was a member of Jackson Township Home Ec. Club and Greentown Research Club. Bill and Susie also met monthly and spent vacations with lifelong friends called the WCM.

Susie’s first love was serving God, and her greatest joy was her family. She spent many hours instructing her children in home arts and 4-H endeavors, and she was always ready to shuttle children to music lessons, church, and sports activities. Her grandchildren remember baking cookies with Grandma as one of their favorite activities. She enjoyed crocheting and made an afghan for each of her children and grandchildren.

Susie is survived by her daughters, Jane (Robert) Millspaugh and Karen (Ronald) Swan, sons Stanley (Janet Kirkpatrick) Middlesworth, and Gary (Andi Stoeffler) Middlesworth, grandchildren Julie (Joe) Holderman, Kenny (Rachelle) Swan, Caren (Dave) Scheider, Christi(Jeff) Dismang, Brent (Karli) Millspaugh, Kevin (Karen) Middlesworth, Brooke  Chapman, Emily Middlesworth, Drew Middlesworth, Alexa Middlesworth, Ben (Jordan) Reno, and Will (Markella) Reno. She has 24 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff of Century Fields and Century Villa for taking good care of her in her later years and during her final hours.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 11 am to 1 pm Thursday April 4, 2024, at Converse Church of Christ, 301 East Wabash Street, Converse, IN 46919. Funeral service will begin at 1 pm on Thursday at the church, with John Clark and Kevin Middlesworth officiating. A link will be available on Susie’s obituary page at 1 pm on Thursday to view the funeral service live. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Greentown.

Contributions in memory of Susie may be directed to Ark Christian Ministries (3522 N. 1000 W. 27, Converse, IN 46919) or Converse Church of Christ (PO Box 413, Converse, IN 46919). Hasler & Stout Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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April 4, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Converse Church of Christ
301 E. Wabash St.
Converse, Indiana 46919

Funeral Service
April 4, 2024

1:00 PM
Converse Church of Christ (Wabash Street)

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