Gwendolyn A. Panton, 93, of Falmouth, died February 21, 2018 after a brief stay at the JML Care Center. She was the wife of the late Richard A. Panton (2001) for 54 years.
Daughter of Russell and Ella Norris, she was born in Canada in 1924. Her family moved to Falmouth Heights in 1926, residing in the home her father built on Jericho Path. She graduated from Lawrence High School in Falmouth and went to work for Arnold Dyer at the Falmouth Coal Company.
During World War II, she worked at the rationing Center handing out rationing stamps. She married Dick after World War II in 1946 and they proceeded to build their own home on Jericho Path. She resided on the same acre of Jericho Path for 62 years. In 1953, they started their plumbing company. She and her husband successfully ran that company for 33 years while raising their two children.
She participated in the Falmouth Child Study club where she made many long lasting friendships. She was a Cub Scout Pak and a Brownie troop leader in the 1960’s. She was a member of the First Congregational Church. Gwen and Dick were members of the Falmouth Country Club and she enjoyed golf in her retirement as well as gardening. She took pride in her family and they remember a good mom who provided love and guidance to them and their extended family.
She leaves her son, Richard N. Panton and his wife, Deborah, of Valparaiso, IN, and their two children, Richard Russell and wife Sandra and Caroline Stasia Pullara and her husband Matthew; and her daughter, Susan P. Smith and her husband Francis H. Smith of Falmouth, and their two children, Brian J. Smith and wife Paula, and Douglas A. Smith. She also leaves 5 great grandchildren: Tyler Morel Smith, Alden Jacob Smith, Tristan Ty Pullara, Logan Richard Pullara, and Scarlett Panton; two sisters, Kathleen Perry of Falmouth and Carol Gagnon of Hamilton, OH; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Bernie Norris and Philip Norris, and her sister Irene MacDougall.
Burial will be private at Oak Grove Cemetery. Donations may be made in her memory to the: Three Hundred Committee, for the purchase of the Tony Andrews Farm in her memory, 157 Locust Street, Falmouth MA 02540.