Gwen Canfield

Gwen Canfield

April 29, 1914 - September 14, 2011

Gwen Canfield

April 29, 1914 - September 14, 2011


Gwen Canfield
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,; American Diabetes Association,; Arthritis Foundation,; National Multiple Sclerosis Society,

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24 responses to Gwen Canfield

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  1. Stacy Jeff, Jack, Hannah and Family:
    Looking at these beautiful photos of your Grandma Gwen put a smile on our faces and tears in our eyes. How blessed you all are to have been so close. Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole Amazing Family! Love The Marceaus

    Shelly & Layne Marceau
    Sep 21, 2011
    Pleasanton, CA

  2. Sindy says:

    What an amazing life and family your Nanny Gwen had. She was lucky in so many ways and was truly blessed!
    We are thinking of you and your family at this time.
    xox, Sindy

    Sep 20, 2011
    Newport Beach, CA

  3. Sue dePierro says:

    Dear Barbara, Lauri and Family – Continue the wonderful love and laughter that your family has always enjoyed. You have so many great memories of Gwen – always enjoy talking about them. Love and blessing to you all. Dave and Sue DePierro

    Sue dePierro
    Sep 20, 2011
    Monarch Beach, CA

  4. Dear Canfield Girls;
    your mother was an amazing strong woman and a great role model for you all…You were so lucky to have her as long as you did and she was always full of fun…Both your parents were very special people .Your Dad always fishing and laughing ….all GOOD MEMORIES!!
    It is nice to think of them together again just like my parents…..
    love Susie
    p.s. so sorry i cannot be there ..We are out of town for my 60th birthday…..

    Susie Dragt Boerner
    Sep 24, 2011
    anaheim Hills, CA

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