Grace Middleton

Born on July 13, 1931 in Covington, New York
Departed October 4, 2022 in Palm Bay, Florida

Grace Middleton, age 91, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Grace is survived by her daughters, Kathy Partington and Deborah Oates; brothers Charles, and Don Milroy; grandchildren Ernie Oates, Daniel, Rebekah, and Jason Durkee; five great grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces from the Milroy family. Grace is also survived by stepsons Mark (Cara), and David Middleton; stepdaughter Janette (Steve) Ernest; step-grandchildren Dyan (Carlos) Rodriguez, Krista Middleton, and Sean (Ariel) Ernest; three step great-grandchildren; brother-in-law E. C. “Bud” Cornelison; and nephews John Stuckey, Charles Stuckey, and Kevin Cornelison.

Grace is predeceased by her husband Tony; parents Albert and Leonore Milroy; brothers Albert Jr., Richard, and Paul Milroy; sister Onnolee Mulcahy; in-laws Anthony and Lou Middleton; sisters-in-law Jewell Heath, and Ella Cornelison.

Born July 13, 1931 in Covington, New York, Grace grew up with five brothers and one sister and graduated from nearby LeRoy High School in 1950.

After a move to Florida in 1963, Grace joined NASA and had a long and successful 30 year career working at the Kennedy Space Center and Patrick Air-Force Base in various administrative support and secretarial roles. This is where she met Tony, whom she married in 1976. Tony and Grace were married for almost 44 years and lived in Palm Bay, Florida. Post retirement, Grace worked at Holmes Regional Medical Center as a patient representative.

Grace loved the Lord and worshipped at Calvary Chapel Church for many years. She greatly enjoyed being involved in various ladies groups within the church. Grace relished spending time with her family, crocheting, reading her Bible, and watching NASCAR. She will be truly missed and forever remembered by her family.

Services will be held Saturday, October 15 at Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home in Melbourne, Florida. Visitation will be from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, and a service from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Interment will be at Florida Memorial Gardens, Rockledge, Florida.

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Terrasena Jones from Cocoa wrote on October 12, 2022:
Grace was the first person I met when I started my career at NASA. She was the secretary in the NASA Airforce Management Office (NAMO) and I was her intern. She was very nice to me and a great mentor. She encouraged me to finish school and told me that great things were in my future. Here today I have been at NASA 35 years and always remember the office I started in and always remembered Grace and the gang. (Bob, Bill, Sarah, Terry, Fred, and George) R.I.H.
Emogene Grenville from Merritt Island wrote on October 10, 2022:
I worked with Grace in NASA Unmanned Launch Operations at the Cape in the 70's and she and I worked in the same position at various times at Patrick Air Force Base for the NASA Test Support Office. She was a wonderful lady and I always appreciated the love and support she gave to my children and the care she gave to everyone in her family.
Cara Middleton from Melbourne wrote on October 10, 2022:
Dear, sweet Grace, Your love for family, and for our Lord, will always be in my heart. We’ll gather someday, rejoicing eternally, together. I love you, Cara
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