1928 – 2015

AUBURN — Gladys E. Strout, 87, of Mechanic Falls, died early Friday morning, June 26, at the Hospice House in Auburn.

She was born in South Paris, January 29, 1928, a daughter of Elwood and Harriet Gowell Verrill. She graduated from Mechanic Falls High School, and on June 21, 1947, she married Vernon P. Strout in Mechanic Falls. He died March 7, 1961. Gladys was a homemaker while raising her children; she then worked at Stride Rite, Beal’s laundry and Mecon Mfg.

She was an active member of the United Methodist Church and the Susanna Wesley circle at the church, and taught Sunday school at both Minot Corner and Mechanic Falls churches. Gladys enjoyed reading, bird watching, gardening and being with her family — especially the grandchildren. She always had a smile, was good-natured and never complained.

She is survived by her three children, Lillian Whiting and her husband, Jim, of Poland, Virginia Roberts and her husband, Homer (Mike), of Mechanic Falls, and Elwood Strout and his wife, Deborah, of Minot; two sisters, Thelma Verrill of Minot and Erma Thorndike of Farmington; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two nieces, Wendy and Cheryl.

Gladys was predeceased by her husband; an infant son, Paul Vernon Strout; and a niece, Vicki. Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

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