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Leola Etheridge

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ETHERIDGE, LEOLA GLADYS Leola Gladys Etheridge, of Middlefield, beloved wife of the late Charles F. Etheridge Sr., passed away on March 18, 2014, six months shy of her 102nd birthday. Born in Lisle, NY, she was the daughter of the late George and Leah (Richardson) Howe. In the century that spanned her life, Leola was born right before World War I, was a teenager during the Roaring 20’s, spent early adulthood in the Great Depression, became a wife at age 19, a mother at age 20, all before World War II, and lived a tremendously full life. She was a proud and faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Middletown for over 70 years. As the matriarch to five generations, Leola taught strength and perseverance in all circumstances of life. She is survived by five children and their spouses: Gladys (Etheridge Tower) and Roland Fields of Middlefield; Charles F. Etheridge Jr. and Lorraine of Durham; James R. Etheridge and Jacqueline of Stuart, FL; Donald E. Etheridge and Judi of Pahrump, NV; and Sharon (Etheridge) Waite and Joseph of Middletown. She is also survived by 27 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband, Leola was predeceased by three children: Robert D. Etheridge, Richard W. Etheridge and Audrey (Etheridge) Lauria. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the Middlefield Federated Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Middlesex Hospice c/o Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457; or Middlefield Federated Church Building Fund, 402 Main Street, Middlefield, CT 06455. Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown is handling the arrangements. To share memories or send messages of condolence to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservicecom.
Published in middletownpress on Mar. 20, 2014
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