Mary B. Middleton, 87, nurse, homemaker

September 12, 2004

Mary B. Middleton, a former registered nurse and homemaker, died of liver disease Tuesday at her Catonsville home, where she had lived for many years. She was 87.

She was born Mary Portzen in Waldorf and moved to Washington, where she graduated from high school and nursing school.

She worked briefly as a nurse before her 1940 marriage to Carlisle A. Middleton, a machinist.

Mrs. Middleton had been a parishioner at St. Joseph Passionist Monastery Roman Catholic Church in West Baltimore and later joined St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.

She was a longtime volunteer with the Catholic Daughters and St. Stephen's Ministry.

Mrs. Middleton, who had been a world traveler, enjoyed playing the piano and arranging parties for family members.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Middleton was offered Friday at St. Mark's.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Middleton is survived by a son, Dr. Stanley G. Middleton of Roland Park; a daughter, Rosemary Baum of Ocean City; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Another son, Dr. Phillip E. Middleton, died in 2002.

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