Mary Alice Jaeger Middleton died Feb. 19 in Pike County Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at Collier Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Louisiana. Interment will be in Bowling Green Cemetery.
A lifelong resident of Pike County, Mary Alice was born Dec. 7, 1926 in rural Clarksville to John Joseph and Mary Mackey Jaeger. She was educated in the Clarksville Public schools, later returning to teach fourth grade there for several years. She attended William Woods College in Fulton, Mo., graduating in 1946. While st William Woods she was in the audience at Westminster College when Winston Churchill gave his famous “Iron Curtain Speech” heralding the rise of the Communist Russia as a world power. She continued her education at the University of Missouri in Columbia, graduating in 1948. While at “Mizzou” she was a member of Delta Delta Delta social sorority and remained an avid Tiger fan.
On June 17, 1951 she was united in marriage to Dr. John W. Middleton of Bowling Green, a 1951 graduate of Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, Pa. After a brief practice in Carthage, Ill., the couple moved to Louisiana in 1953 where Dr. Middleton established a medical practice which survives as the Pike Medical Clinic today.
Mary Alice was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served in many church activities. She was a willing volunteer for grade school, high school and PTA actibities and Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs. She also was a long time member of the DAR and always enjoyed boating on the Mississippi River with her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband and their four children, John (wife, Peggy) of Springfield, Mo., Alice (husband, Jay) of Holtzhouser of Robinson, Ill., Joe Middleton of Independence, Mo., and Tom Middleton of Louisville, Ky. She is also survived by grandchildren Amanda, Kate and Patsy Middleton, Emily and Jason Holtzhouser, Mackey and Jacob Price (J.P.) and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was proceeded in death by her parents and only brother, Tom Jaeger, and his wife, JoAnne Holtsford Jaeger, of Clarksville.
A forty two year survivor of Multiple Sclerosis, Mary Alice always greeted life with a smile on her face and a “thank you” to all she encountered. To the end, she was proud of her Pike County heritage and Clarksville beginnings.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 121 S 8th St, Louisiana, Mo. 63353.