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Lillian Middaugh

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 2:24 p.m. CDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Lillian Gertrude (Thompson) Carter Middaugh passed away Tuesday, July, 1, 2014, in Newport News, Va.

She was born Oct. 24, 1921, in Bureau Township, Illinois, the daughter of A. Hubert and Gertrude Mae (Wilson) Garman Thompson. She first married Russell L. Carter on Oct. 27, 1940, in Clinton, Iowa. From their union, Gary L. Carter and Patricia A. (Carter) Hood were born. She second married J. Burton Middaugh Aug. 6, 1960, in Princeton. His children, Shirley and Robert Middaugh, although adults, became her stepchildren and were fond of her.

Lillian had a long working career, beginning with General Telephone of Illinois, Caterpillar and Harper-Wyman (during and beyond World War II and Korea), and retired from General Telephone of California. In her later life she was able to enjoy traveling to places such as Hawaii, through the Panama Canal, Canada, England, Ireland, and Scandinavian countries. After residing many years in Illinois she moved to California, and finally to Virginia to be close to her daughter. She enjoyed living in Virginia and made many friends in Williamsburg and with the residents of Independent Living at the Mennowood Retirement Community.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Robert W. and W. Burdett Garman, and Wilmer L. "Tom" Thompson; an infant sister, Nellie Thompson; her first and second husbands; her stepchildren; and one grandchild, Ann Michele Hood.

She is survived by two sisters, Doris M. Garman Johnson of West Covina, Calif., and Inez M. Thompson (Richard) Kaufenberg of San Jose, Calif.; her children and their spouses, Gary L. (Judith) Carter of Escondido, Calif., and Patricia A. (Barry) Hood of Williamsburg, Va.; her grandchildren, Jennifer L. Carter of El Cajon, Calif., and Scott D. (Amy) Carter of Buford, Ga., and David K. (Christina) Hood of Basking Ridge, N.J.; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

At her request, her memorial services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mennowood Foundation, 13030 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23602 or the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, P.O. Box 1607, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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