April 5, 2016
Edie Middleton knows what she wants and is not afraid to go for it. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, she grew up in the Congregational Church, was competitive on the tennis courts and an avid skier.
During a college ski vacation to Aspen, she met people from the Northwest and experienced an epiphany; “I realized they think like I do!” So, at age 26 in 1959, after earning her Master’s in Education at Brown University, she travelled cross-country toward a new home in the West. She found Denver was missing an ocean, San Francisco was too cold in the summer, Portland didn’t suit her and Seattle was just right.
“I wanted to get a teaching job but ended up working at Virginia Mason in the lab.”
She soon met her husband at a college graduate mixer. “I knew what I wanted and he knew what he wanted. We met, got engaged and married in three months. He wanted an independent woman and he got one.” The couple lived in Aberdeen, where they raised their three children, now adults, and grandchildren in the NW.
No stranger to Plymouth, she and her friends attended Plymouth Church in the early 1960’s and was most recently involved in the First Methodist Church of Bellevue. After retiring as a long -time real estate agent, Edie now resides at Skyline on First Hill. “I’m finding new things to do. I’m on the Board for Seattle Girls School, a wonderful experiential middle school for grades 6, 7, 8. I’m the epitome of a liberal arts education. I learn what I need to learn and do what I need to do.”
She loves the ‘fabulous music, good preaching and friendly pastors’ at Plymouth. “The church I grew up in was similar, so I feel right at home here.”