Gwendolyn (Trout) Stone, 83, of Solon, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, with her family beside her.
Gwen was born Aug. 14, 1929, in Cherryvale, Kan., the daughter of Edwin P. and Edna (Skaggs) Trout. She graduated from Independence (Kansas) Junior College in 1949 and shortly thereafter left Kansas to visit her cousin Col. Maury Holden at Fort Lewis near Seattle, Wash. There, she met her future husband, Milton D. Stone, Jr., a West Point graduate and infantry captain. They were married Aug. 29, 1950, in Independence, Kan. She and her husband lived in Fairbanks, Alaska; Appleton Wis.; Columbus, Ga., and South Pittsburgh, Tenn., before finally settling in Montgomery, Ala., where Gwen lived for 45 years. In 2002 she moved to Iowa City, to be closer to her grandchildren and in 2010, to Solon.
Gwen worked as secretary to the president of the Alabama Farm Bureau and later as a medical transcriptionist for Drs. Weinrib and Schwartz. She served as the first woman vestry member of the Church of the Holy Comforter and was also active in St. Anne’s Guild and the Junior League. She and a friend co-authored a textbook of Alabama history that was used in some of the state’s elementary schools. She was a passionate reader, bridge player and supporter of the arts.
She was loved by her family and admired by all who knew her.
Gwen is survived by her sons, Edwin Stone (Mary) of Iowa City and Milton Stone (Penny) of Birmingham, Ala.; and her grandchildren Nicholas Stone of Atlanta, Ga. and Carolyn Stone of Winston-Salem, N.C. Gwen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother Marvin Trout.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to either the Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa or Iowa City Hospice.
Graveside services were held Sept. 15 at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Ala.
On-line condolences may be left for the family at www.lensingfuneral.com.