Gloria Field White

Posted Sept. 03, 2012, at 3:10 p.m.

WINDHAM – Gloria Field White, 89, most recently of Windham and a longtime resident of Cape Elizabeth, passed away Aug. 26, 2012. She was born March 27, 1923, in Melrose, Mass., daughter of Leon and Pauline (Drake) Field.

Gloria attended Punchard High School, Andover, Mass., where she met a young man, Gordon White. After graduating in 1940 she continued her education at LaSalle College and married her high school sweetheart, Gordon, March 1, 1944. With her new husband off in Europe as a naval officer, she worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, producing and educating personnel on the use of Geiger counters, used to detect radioactivity. Once the war ended the couple settled back in Andover, Mass., where they started a family. Gloria worked as a real estate agent and volunteered at Lawrence General Hospital, where she was head of volunteers in the early 1950s. She was member and past president of Andona Society. In 1962, the family moved to Cape Elizabeth, where Gloria was a homemaker and volunteered with several local organizations. Her favorite times were spent on their boat, the Blue Heron, with family and friends enjoying the Casco Bay islands. After the retirement of Gordon from the paper industry, the couple spent many winters in Fort Myers, Fla.

In addition to her parents, Gloria was predeceased by her daughter, Linda Jane Wright. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, G. Gordon; sons, Stephen T. White of Surry and Alan G. White of Windham; daughters-in-law, Mary and Gail (Butler) White; and five grandchildren, Amy (Wright) Demers, Karen (Wright) Newton, Stephanie, Kelsey and Benjamin White; as well as one great-grandson, Zeke Newton. The family expresses its thanks to the many individuals who cared for Gloria during the past few years with her arthritis and Alzheimer’s. Special appreciation to Ursula Thompson, Home Health specialist, and the caring staff at Ledgewood Manor.

There will be a memorial service 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Fort Williams Park. Arrangements are by Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Road, Windham. Online condolences may be made to www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com.

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