Gwendolyn Eleanor (Fish) Stratton, 95, died at home Aug. 14, 2010.

She was born March 28, 1915, in New Portland, the middle child of three of Roy Cecil and Cassie (Strickland) Fish.

She spent most of her life in Belfast except when away at school, traveling or in her winter home in Port Charlotte, Fla., where she and her husband, Boyd, spent six months every year from 1976 until his death in 1997.

In 1938 she married Boyd Bennett Stratton, who was her husband for 59 years. In 1935 she graduated from Farmington State Teachers College, where she also received her bachelor’s degree in 1956. She then continued with her schooling, receiving her master’s of education¬† in 1959 from the University of Maine in Orono. She continued taking classes until well into her 80s.

In 1960 she was elected to membership in the Orono chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, where she remained a member, celebrating 50 years just before her death. Her teaching experience varied not only in grade level but also in subject matter. Her first teaching assignment right after graduation was in elementary schools in Swanville, Waldo, and Head-of-the-Tide in Belfast.

Then it was music and history at the Governor Anderson School in Belfast, and lastly to the William G. Crosby High School in 1946 until its closing in 1965, when she moved the new Belfast Area High School, where she remained until her retirement in 1973.

Her grandmother, mother, sister and brother were also teachers and they all shared her love of teaching. She derived great pleasure from her active professional involvement in activities at state, local and national levels. She was president and a member of the negotiating team in the local teachers association, secretary to the county teachers association, president of the state Delta Kappa Gamma Society and served on many committees of the Maine Teachers Association.

These included the Legislative Committee, E.P.S. Committee, Executive Committee, the Maine Advisory Committee on Teachers’ Education and Certification, the Chancellor’s Task Force on Teachers’ Education, the Appeals Committee on Certification in the State Department of Education, the Title III ESEA Advisory Council Building Committee for the new MTA Headquarters, a delegate to several N.E.A. Conventions and first chairman of UNISERV Council 5 NEA Member of the N.C.A.T.E.

Gwen was also very active with her husband, Boyd, in the Fredrick Ritchie Grange and the Primrose Chapter 152 Order of the Eastern Star in Belfast. They traveled extensively with Phil and Leona Hawkins and Marita and Ira Packard. After her husband’s passing Gwen continued her travels with her beloved friend Elva Webber.

Gwendolyn is survived by a son, Charles D Stratton, and his wife, Olivia, of Fall River, Mass.; two grandchildren, Charles Stratton Jr. of Winthrop and Annette Heady of Buchanan, Tenn.; four great-grandchildren, Andrew and Kelly Stratton and Wyatt and Roger Heady Jr.; and her devoted friend, Ann Hooper.

Besides her husband, Gwen was predeceased by a brother, R. Donald Fish; and a sister, Laurie Fish Polk.

Friends are invited to call from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 17, at Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast.  Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Grove Cemetery, Main Street, Belfast.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at ripostafh.com.