CHARLOTTE, MI - Gwenita "Gwen" Eileen Knowlton, 81, of Charlotte, MI, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, in Grand Ledge, MI. Gwen was born July 19, 1934, in Stonington, ME, the daughter of Ralph and Gwendolyn (Morey) Knowlton.
She graduated high school in Stonington before attending the University of Maine, where she was the first woman to graduate with a degree in Chemical Engineering. In the 1950s, Gwen moved to Midland, MI, to start a career with DOW Chemical, where she worked several years before moving to Charlotte to take the position of High School Librarian. As Charlotte High School's first Girls Golf Coach, the team held a record for the most consecutive wins ever and won the State Championship. She later taught computers at Charlotte Junior High until her retirement in 1995. Gwen was a very creative and intelligent woman who loved to learn. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed expressing herself through cooking, knitting, sewing, embroidery and painting. She enjoyed her season tickets to the Wharton Center and was a HUGE MSU Spartan fan, especially basketball.
Gwen is survived by her brother, Darryl (Nancy) Knowlton of Stonington, ME; nieces, Kelly (Jonathan) Pratt and Heather (Jeff) Cormier; nephew, Matthew (Rebekah) Knowlton; great-nephews, Jeremy and Andrew Pratt and Samuel Knowlton; great-nieces, Emily and Allison Cormier and Abigail and Natalie Knowlton; great-great nephew, Jaycen; and close friends, Diane Trethaway, Keeley Coon, Patti Weicht and her family. Gwen's family and friends wish to acknowledge the special staff at Story Point, Grand Ledge and Heartland Hospice for their tender and dignified care for Gwen at the end of this life.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday September 8, 2015 at 2:00 at Knowlton (Tea Hill) Cemetery, Stonington, ME. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Eaton Community Palliative Care in Charlotte. Arrangements entrusted by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home.