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Virginia Langley Middleton – August 2, 2019


Virginia Langley Middleton

Our beloved Mother, Virginia Langley Middleton passed away on the morning of Friday, August 2, 2019. 


She was born on January 16, 1932, to Zachariah Taylor Langley and Mary Edna O’Neal. She was the 5th of eight children.


The family lived in Catoosa, Oklahoma, later moving to Lassen County California in 1938, in the midst of the Depression. The Langleys were never rich, and they suffered many hardships, but she was always proud of the way her family loved each other, no matter what. An abundant and generous love of family and friends would be one of the central themes of her life. 


Virginia attended Lincoln and Roosevelt schools, and graduated from Lassen High School in 1950. She worked as a bookkeeper and accountant at a firm in Susanville. In 1952, she met Robert Middleton, fresh from the Korean War. They married in 1953. The love their union embodied was tender and kind, active and strong. Their marriage lasted for 65 years. 


Over the years, she would bring into the world four children, Michael Robert (Hillene Fleurke), John William (Marjorie Chan), James Arthur (Tracy Austin), and Lisa Virginia (Dale Porter). The family attended Susanville Assembly of God, where she led songs, sang in the choir, played her trumpet, and served as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, and church treasurer. Faith was the cornerstone of her life, and she worked hard to live a life worthy of the grace she felt from her relationship with God. This was her legacy and charge given to her children.    


Nine grandchildren called her “Grandma Ginnie.” And such was her influence in the world that many others, children and adults, would adopt her as their Grandma Ginnie, relying on her support and care. She loved each of her grandchildren with all her heart, reveling in the times when all of us could be together. 


We would be remiss if we did not mention the importance of Spic and Span cleaner in her life—reserving an exalted position–second only to God in reverence.  Cleanliness is next to Godliness.


As her children grew older, Virginia took a position as a teachers’ aide at her alma mater, Lassen High School, teaching remedial reading. Following her retirement, she and Bob spent as much time as they could afford with her beloved sisters, Bertie and Elaine, traveling the world, laughing together, and continuing the deep affection that marked their relationship so many years ago. Nieces and nephews came to rely on her constant, abiding love, as the years went by and as their own parents began to pass away.


Virginia’s memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, at 3:00 in the afternoon at Community Church, 1400 Numa Rd, Susanville, CA 96130. A private interment, attended by close family, will follow the service.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity, a cause she strongly supported:  https://www.habitat.org/donate/?keyword=menu-one-time


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