LEAVENWORTH, KS (formerly of Natchitoches)

June 15, 1932-Nov. 4, 2021

A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Martha LaVerne (Ryland) Middleton, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home followed by burial at Weaver Cemetery in Flora. LaVerne’s nephew, Rick Middleton, will preside over the ceremony. The family will receive visitors from 1-2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.

LaVerne is survived by her son, Robert B. Middleton and wife Daina of Bend, Ore.; daughter, Lynne (Middleton) Sepulvado and husband Joe of Leavenworth, Kan.; grandchildren, MAJ Walter J. Sepulvado Jr. (Joey) and wife Molly of Springfield, Va., Stacy L. (Sepulvado) Kent and husband Daniel of Lansing, Kan., Brett Middleton and wife Vanessa of New Brighton, MN, Mesa (Middleton) Stevens and husband Jarrod of Bowling Green, Ken., and Kenyon Middleton of Bend; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Robert B. Middleton Jr.; parents, Harris W. and Rena (Wiley) Ryland; and sister, Wilda (Ryland) Cripps.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Joey Sepulvado, Brett Middleton, Ronnie Cripps, Daniel Kent, Kenny Kaufman and Robert Middleton. Honorary pallbearer will be Harold Oldham.

LaVerne, 89, was born June 15, 1932, to Harris W. and Rena (Wiley) Ryland in Effie, La. She graduated from the Alexandria Business College and went on to work for many years as a legal secretary and office assistant in Alexandria and Natchitoches. LaVerne was a longtime resident of Natchitoches before moving to Leavenworth, Kan., in 1998 with her husband, Robert, to be close to their daughter and grandchildren. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Natchitoches, then Calvary Baptist in Leavenworth.

She passed away Nov. 4, 2021, at Twin Oaks Nursing Home in Leavenworth surrounded by loving family members and her nurses/caregivers. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the doctors, nurses, caregivers, friends and family for their selfless acts of kindness and support.