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Midge Allene Church (Mullins) passed away peacefully on November 12 in Sequim.
She was born to Denver and Myrtle Short on May 4, 1925 and was the fifth of 14 children. She grew up in the Smoky Mountains of Virginia.
She was training to be a nurse when she met the love of her life, Foister Church, when she winked at him in a dime store. Foister soon convinced her to marry him, and she became an instant mother to Foister's son, Kelly.
Midge and Foister came to Washington state in the 1950s, and loved the "live off the land" culture of the Olympic Peninsula and settled here. They raised four of their children in Forks, and Midge had one daughter, that came to her heart later in life, who grew up in Michigan.
Midge grew up in a musical family and sang and played the guitar all of her life. During her youth she sang at local churches with her sisters, and they earned the nickname of the Sacred Short Sisters.
Midge enjoyed camping with her family, going to the ocean (especially at LaPush) dressing in the latest fashion, and talking to anyone who would listen about her faith in God.
She had 18 grandchildren who were the joy of her life. They gave her the affectionate name of Granny Arrowroot due to her love of natural foods and herbs.
At her death she had 20 great grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Midge was preceded in death by her husband, Foister, and her daughter, Margaret.
Surviving children are Juanita Appleby (John) of Florida, Kelly Church (Gayle) of Port Townsend, Mary Lou Williams of Sequim and Dr. Tre Normoyle (Brent) of Olympia.
A memorial service will be held in Forks at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on December 8 at 2 p.m. A private family service to celebrate her life will be held in Sequim on December 1.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Northwest Raptor Center, 1051 Oak Court, Sequim, WA 98382.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Nov. 19, 2012