April 29, 1914 – September 14, 2011
Gwen Canfield, 97, longtime resident of Laguna Beach, California, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
She was born on April 29, 1914, in Storm Lake, Iowa to John and Anna (Coyle) Toohey.
Gwen wed Dell A. Canfield on October 29, 1934, and they were happily married for 66 years before he died in February of 2001.
She is the beloved mother of four children: Barbara Hillman, Don Canfield, Margie Canfield Willis, and Sue Cable (Wade). She has 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Gwen was famous for her generosity, hospitality, fun loving spirit, and apple pies! She was a true ‘party girl’ never wanting to miss out on any fun, and her mind was razor sharp to the end.
She will be sorely missed, but leaves an incredible legacy that will live on in all of us.
Services will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Newport Beach.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution to any of these charities that have touched Gwen and her family: American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org/; American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org/; Arthritis Foundation, www.arthritis.org/; National Multiple Sclerosis Society, www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx.