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Bette Jean Middleton, was born on December 23, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan and passed away on August 10, 2013 in Cherokee Village, Arkansas. After graduating high school, Bette joined the Marines and served as a Corporal stationed at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. during WWII. Bette returned to Detroit after the war, and married Thomas K Middleton in 1945. She then went to work for the City of Detroit as the secretary to the Police Commissioner, along with various other assignments during her 34 year career with the city.

Bette and Tom Sr. retired to Cherokee Village in October 1981, and enjoyed many years of boating and swimming. Bette was an accomplished swimmer, and spent nearly every morning on or in one of the lakes in the Village. They also enjoyed long walks every day along the roads in Cherokee Village, picking up trash along the way. Bette and Tom Sr. generously supported animal shelters and a few other charities during their retirement. Tom Sr. passed away on September 4, 2001

Bette resided for nearly the past six years at Fountain Place in the Village. She was an avid scrabble player, and truly enjoyed every one of her friends and neighbors there. Bette is survived by her two son Tom Jr. and John, along with two grandchildren who reside in Michigan.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2:30pm at Fountain Place with Bro Jimmy Anderson officiating.

Memorials may be directed to Fountain Place or the Cherokee Village Animal Shelter.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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