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Mary N. Middlestead May 23, 1934 ~ October 11, 2019


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Mary N. Middlestead, 85, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 surrounded by her family at her home in Melbourne, Florida.  She was born in Amsterdam, Missouri on May 23, 1934 and was raised in Helena, Montana.

Mary and her late husband Robert Middlestead met in Helena, Montana and began their married life in 1953 in Anchorage, Alaska.  Five years later, they relocated to North Miami, Florida where they raised their sons.  She obtained an Associate in Arts degree from Miami Dade College at the same time her son Lloyd was attending college.  They relocated to Pembroke Pines, Florida and moved to their final home in Melbourne, Florida in 2010.

Mary was a homemaker and former Secretary. She worked for the FAA at the Miami International Airport.  Once retired, she was a volunteer at a local senior center.  She was very active in her church which included weekly Bible Study.  She loved to cook, bake, sew and read romance and mystery novels.  She loved to play games especially Mexican Train, Dominos, and Mahjong.

A loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  Preceded in death by her parents, Buck and Anna Finley, her husband Robert Middlestead, her two sisters, Carol Tuggle  and Linda Henry.  She is survived by her son Robert Middlestead; son, Lloyd Middlestead and his wife Mia; Michael Middlestead and his wife, Dawn; grandchildren, Ethan and Nathan; brother, Robert Finley and his wife, Dorothy.

Mary was a kind and loving soul who will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Services will be at 11 am on Wednesday, October 16th, at the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd, 810 West Florida Avenue, Melbourne.

Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne, 724-2222.


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October 12, 2019, 8:47 pm

Beautiful write up. Sounds like mom was an active loving woman who will be missed not only by her friends and family but her whole community. Prayers are with you and your whole family.

Frances Hannam

October 13, 2019, 6:34 am

October 13, 2019, 6:27 am

I enjoyed talking to Mary as she was getting her mail. She always had a friendly wave and a smile for her neighbors.
You all our in my prayers.

Angie Vincent

October 13, 2019, 9:18 am

I’m Mia’s aunt Angie and I heard such wonderful things about Mary! I could see what a special mother she was through her son Lloyd, who loved and respected her with all his heart! She’s in heaven now with our Jesus and is in my prayers.

elizabeth mercado and husband John

October 13, 2019, 10:16 pm

Mary was my daughter Mia’s mother-in-law and a wonderful, sweet person. She had a heart of gold and would do just about anything for anyone. I am blessed to have had the privilege and pleasure of knowing her. I admired so much her relationship with her son Lloyd. She loved her 3 sons and 2 grandsons with all her heart. She was an awesome mother-in-law to my daughter. I enjoyed so much the times I and my husband spent with her so very much. Her precious smile and spirit will be terribly missed but I know she is with her beloved husband and mother in paradise. Her family are all in my prayers.


October 14, 2019, 11:42 am

Lovely story about her life. Mary Nel’s sweet disposition and knowledge will be missed by all. She took care of everyone with dedication and love; she was in many ways my best friend.
Best to the family, Joette

Catherine Fechter

October 15, 2019, 5:02 pm

Beautiful obituary summarizing a wonderful lady. So sorry for your loss, but she will continue on in all the precious memories of her lifetime.

Judi Gill

October 16, 2019, 11:37 am

Dear Friends so sorry for your loss. By what I read about her, she left a huge imprint on any heart she touched. From heaven she now watches over you both Mia and Lloyd.

Know that she is being prayed for and also the rest of the family. Baby Steps.

Dr. Joseph & Florence Papia

October 18, 2019, 12:36 pm

Though she is gone, her love for you remain and always will… Your mother live within your heart – her spirit guides you still. Hoping the legacy of love your mother left you will be a source of strength and comfort for you now. Deepest Sympathy 🌹 Joe and Florence

Della Dobbins ( Wayne's friend)

October 20, 2019, 9:23 am

I’m sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. What a beautiful lady, I enjoyed visiting with her in Montana.

Sue Evans

November 2, 2019, 10:32 am

We have lost a great lady! I am so sorry for your loss. Mary and I worked together at the Miami Air Traffic Control Center and celebrated our retirements at the same party in 1996. She was always a very efficient, trustworthy, and delightful friend. I send my condolences and am sending prayers for her family.

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