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1954 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Connie Elaine Middleton, age 56, passed away unexpectedly on March 5, 2011 at her home in Mount Vernon.

She was born June 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, Washington, the second of five children to Bud and Shirley Novotny. She attended school in Mount Vernon and prior to graduation began an odyssey that would truly make an intriguing book.

After years of trials and tribulations, Connie eventually settled down and spent approximately twenty years in Muncie, Indiana. She attended Ball State University in Indiana and made her family proud by making the Dean's List for the academic year 1996-97. She received her BA in the social sciences and worked many years for the Transit Authority in Muncie, Indiana. Connie had many dear friends in Muncie and spoke often of her desire to see them again in the near future.

Connie moved back to Mount Vernon in 2001 to be close to her family and lifelong friends. As her health allowed she helped those who needed a hand and always went out of her way to help the elderly.

Connie was a unique character with a quick wit and delightful sense of humor. She traveled many paths in her life and could handle herself confidently with any audience. You never had to wonder what Connie thought about a particular subject as she was always forthright and straight ahead with her basic beliefs and opinions. For those of us that knew and loved her, it will probably be her unflinching candor and honesty that we will most remember and miss.

She is survived by her daughter Andrea Middleton of Indiana; her father Bud Novotny and her sisters and brothers-in-law, Wendy and Ron Fore and Heidi and Eric Stendal of Sedro-Woolley, Gretchen and Curtis Hood of Eatonville; her brother Steve Novotny of Mount Vernon; her aunt Irene Kittelson and lifelong friend Lorraine Breathour of Mount Vernon; special cousins, Kathy Good and Julee Bradshaw (Aaron) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband Matt Middleton and her mother Shirley Novotny.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Cremation and arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home.
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