Janis Hudson Middleton, 50, interior decorator

April 30, 2002

Janis Hudson Middleton, an interior decorator and artist, died Saturday at Winchester Regional Medical Center in Virginia from complications of a fall. She was 50 and a resident of Savage.

Janis Hudson Goforth was born and raised in Winchester, graduating from high school there in 1970, and earned a bachelor's degree in art and graphics from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1987.

In 1982, she married Norris C. Middleton, who survives her.

Mrs. Middleton, who lived in Savage for 20 years, had worked as an interior decorator for Color Wheel in McLean, Va., Next Day Blinds, and Will's Decorating Center in Greenbelt.

At her death, she had been working as an administrator for Mill End Shops in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Middleton was known for her homemade strawberry preserves, which were sold at the annual Savage Fest each June.

She also liked playing the guitar and piano and singing. She was an accomplished watercolorist, and enjoyed painting scenes of the surrounding Shenandoah Mountains from the porch of a family-owned vacation cabin.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Omps Funeral Home in Winchester.

Other survivors include a son, Jacob E. Middleton, and daughter, Jessica B. Middleton, both of Savage; and two sisters, Nancy Goforth of Paw Paw, W.Va., and Joni Schwartz of Richmond, Va.

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