Beverly “Bev” J. Middleton, 86, of Gothenburg, died Feb. 7, 2019, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.

Bev was born Dec. 2, 1932 on the family farm near Homer, Michigan, daughter of Murl and Helen (Roepke) Swayze.  The family moved to Chicago when she was 3, then they moved to Montana where she started elementary school.  They then moved to Wisconsin for a couple years before moving to Stillwater, Minnesota.  Bev graduated from Stillwater High in 1953.  A year later,she married and to this union

four children were born - Sandy, Bryan, Randy and Joy.  The marriage later ended in divorce. While living in Minnesota, she worked for St. John’s Hospital as a private nurse before moving to Nebraska. In 1973, she married Sumner Middleton, the love of her life.   

She enjoyed cooking and baking, and then sharing these gifts with family and friends.  She also had a large garden which she gave away or canned.  Sumner and Bev built a home at Jeffery Lake soon after they were married and they lived there for the next 23 years.  After his passing, she continued to live there for a few years until moving to Gothenburg.   

.Bev was a member of the “Red Hats” and was a Calendar Girl with the Brady Beauties.  She enjoyed reading and was a member of the library.  She loved helping people whenever she could.  She taught preschool Sunday School at church for many years.  She was a member of the Extension Club.  She spent many hours crocheting and made a crib size blanket for each of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Bev was known for her sense of humor and the great love she had for her family.   

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Sumner her parents; daughter, Joy Kuhlman; son, Randy Haugen; step-son, Dave Middleton; and brother, Gene.

.Survivors include her family, Sandy (Tom) Burnett, Bryan (Tracy) Haugen, Deb Middleton, Steve (Katherine) Middleton and Cathy Russo;  grandchildren, Bob (Peggy) Bailey, Brenda Bailey,

Tara Reinheart, Danielle

Haugen, Matthew Haugen, Josh Haugen, Nick Sitorius, Jake Sitorius, Sonie Kuhlman, Ellie (Rob) Krysl, Ben (Amy) Middleton, Sam Middleton, Mary (Blake) Streeter, Will Middleton and Alysha Haugen; great grandchildren Hanna, Loren, MaKinsey,Teagan, Trenton, Bailey, Dakotah, Summer; Haugen, Ryder Haugen; Aspen, Jadyn, Nathan, Quinton, Kaitlyn, Natalie Sitorius; Miles, Maggie Streeter; and Leo Middleton; and her devoted dog Princess.  

Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 1- 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, 620 Tenth Street, Gothenburg, on Friday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m.   

Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Peckham Cemetery, Gothenburg.

Memorials may be given to the Brady United Methodist Church, 301 N Market, Brady, NE 69123 or St. Jude Children’s ResearchHospital, POBox1000,Dept142, Memphis, TN 38148.  To sign the online guest book, go to