Ledyard - Iris M. Middleton, 87, of Ledyard, formerly of Mystic, passed away peacefully, Monday, July 2, 2012, at Greentree Manor in Waterford.|
She was born in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 20, 1924, the daughter of Bertha M. Ray and Cecil Robertson. Iris was the beloved wife of 55 years, to the late Lawrence "Larry" W. Middleton, who passed away in 2003. They were married in New York city at St. Mark's Church on 138th St. on July 26, 1947. She resided in New York for a short time, Oakdale for 20 years, and Ledyard for 28 years, before moving to Academy Point in Mystic.
She was a dedicated teacher at Oakdale School in Oakdale for 28 years before retiring in 1992. While at the Oakdale School, she pioneered the course (Man-A Course of Study). She love her work and the many students whom she taught.
She was president of the Montville Education Association (MEA) in 1976. Iris loved to travel, and she and her husband journeyed to many countries including, Spain, Italy, Nigeria, Morocco, Paris, Bermuda, Mexico, and The Virgin Islands just to name a few. She enjoyed reading murder mysteries, bird watching, ceramics, doll making and listening to classical, blues and jazz music.
Iris was a devoted lay minister and charity worker ministering to the women at York Correctional Facility. She was a volunteer for CONTACT, a contributor to the NAACP and the Native America Indian School. Iris was a member of Saint Patrick's church for 30 years and was a lifetime member of the Daughters of Isabella.
Iris leaves a daughter, Lisa (Middleton) Cook and her husband, William H. Cook Sr., of Gales Ferry; granddaughter, Danielle Brown of Gales Ferry, whom she adored; and her nephew, Gary Middleton of Brooklyn, N.Y.
The family would like to thank the staff of Greentree Manor and Masonicare for their dedication to her care.
Her family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 7, immediately followed by a noon service at the Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1, Mystic (51 Williams Ave.) Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veteran's Association, 35 Cold Spring Road, Suite 315, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.
Please visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to leave an online message of condolence and for directions to the funeral home.
Published in The Day on July 5, 2012