Middleton, Vera nee Williams was born in Rotherham, England in 1921. As a young woman Vera aspired to a career in nursing, but the outbreak of WW2 necessitated a change of plans and she worked for the Government in support of the war effort. During the war Vera met Ken Middleton, a RAF officer, and they were married in 1942. In 1952 Vera and Ken immigrated to Canada to reside in New Westminster while Ken completed his medical internship at the Royal Columbian Hospital. The next year they welcomed their first child Jan. Their second daughter, Evlyn Margaret was born in 1956, after Ken and Vera had moved to White Rock. They remained White Rock residents for their entire lives. While Ken had a busy medical practice, Vera devoted her time to her family, friends, and a variety of volunteer and philanthropic organizations including the Peace Arch Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and PEO. She and Ken were founding members of the White Rock Baptist Church. A loving and gracious lady to the end, Vera always had time to lend a hand to those who were not well, or just needed a friend. She touched many lives. Vera and Ken had a close friendship with many, including the MacKenzies, the Splits/Thomas’, the Gahagans and the Gards. While many of the senior family members have now passed on, the grown children and grandchildren of these families remain close to this day.
Vera lost her beloved Ken in 1993 after a marriage of over 50 years. However, she continued to live independently until 2011 and remained active with her family, church, community and friends.
Vera passed away peacefully on December 11, 2012 surrounded by loving family members. As per her wishes a quiet celebration of Vera’s life was held later that month attended by immediate family. Vera’s life was full, happy and highlighted by graciousness and giving. She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends. Vera was predeceased by her husband Ken and is survived by her two daughters Jan Roberts (Warren), Evlyn Sluis (Will), her grandchildren Brent, Carly and Wesley and great granddaughter Serena.