Mar­ian Swarthout Mid­dle­ton

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Mar­ian Swarthout Mid­dle­ton, 94, died at home on Jan­uary 9, 2019 in Aliso Viejo, Cal­i­for­nia of con­ges­tive heart fail­ure. She and her hus­band Robert (Bob), who pre-de­ceased her, were long-time res­i­dents of Tu­lare and Pismo Beach, Cal­i­for­nia where they were ac­tive in church and community ac­tiv­i­ties. She was de­voted to her friends and fam­ily, and will be re­mem­bered for her kind­ness, love of life, in­tel­li­gence and sense of hu­mor. She is sur­vived by her fam­ily: Mar­cia Mid­dle­ton of Bal­ti­more, Mary­land, and Bar­bara and Jerry Fitch, grand­chil­dren Zack and Libby Fitch, of New­port Coast, Cal­i­for­nia, and many cousins, nieces and neph­ews.

Born in Grand Rapids, Michi­gan, the daugh­ter of Don­ald and Ann Swarthout, Mar­ian grew up a fun-lov­ing child and ex­celling in aca­demics. She at­tended Al­bion Col­lege and com­pleted her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion at the Univer­sity of Michi­gan in 1946. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, she moved to Los An­ge­les seek­ing ad­ven­ture. Mar­ian took a sec­re­tar­ial job at MGM Stu­dios where she was thrilled to eat at the stu­dio com­mis­sary sur­rounded by movie stars.

Mar­ian met Bob Mid­dle­ton while play­ing bad­minton in an adult recre­ation league at Bev­erly Hills High School. They mar­ried in 1951 and in 1957 moved to Tu­lare, Bob’s home­town, where they had bought a farm. There they raised cot­ton, wheat, bar­ley and other crops and two daugh­ters, Mar­cia and Bar­bara, who at­tended Han­ford schools. In 1980, Mar­ian and Bob re­tired to Pismo Beach and trav­eled ex­ten­sively in Europe and the United States. Af­ter Bob died in 2005, Mar­ian con­tin­ued to live in their Pismo Beach home over­look­ing the Pa­cific Ocean un­til 2013 when she moved to Aliso Viejo.

Through­out her life, Mar­ian pur­sued a busy sched­ule of civic and phil­an­thropic ac­tiv­i­ties. She was a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Univer­sity Women, Tu­lare County Cot­ton Wives, P.E.O. and the First United Methodist Churches of Tu­lare and Ar­royo Grande. As her daugh­ters were grow­ing up, she vol­un­teered with PTA and 4-H ac­tiv­i­ties and served on the Delta View school board. Mar­ian was an English tu­tor with the San Luis Obispo Lit­er­acy Coun­cil for over 20 years. In her fi­nal years, she re­mained an avid Bridge player, keep­ing up with politics and watch­ing Cal and Michi­gan foot­ball.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice was held at The Cov­ing­ton in Aliso Viejo on Fe­bru­ary 10, 2019. In ac­cor­dance with her wishes, her ashes were scat­tered in the Pa­cific Ocean.

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