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Pauline Gilmore September 19, 1919 - July 27, 2012 Griswold - Pauline (Polly) Gilmore 92 of Griswold died Friday, July 27, 2012 at her home in Griswold. She was born on Voluntown on September 19, 1919, daughter of the late Adelard and Marie (Violette) Dupont. Pauline lived life to it's fullest, an amazing role model to all who knew her. Born at a time without indoor plumbing or electricity, when horse-drawn carriages took her shopping, she witnessed the transformation of our world into the age of technology, never hesitating to embrace it herself. Marrying Gerald Gilmore in 1951, they enjoyed 58 beautiful years together until his passing in 2009. Pauline's interest in genealogy led her to establish the Fort Meyers Genealogy Library, one of the largest of its kind, and become its Founding Director. Pauline's artistic talents manifested themselves in every way throughout her life, becoming an avid gardener, painter, crafter, and seamstress, she loved to crochet, became a photographer, baker and reader. She left her artistic footprint all over the country by sharing her paintings with friends and family. Community theatres benefited from her many talents, both on stage where she performed, and behind the scenes where she created costumes, did make-up and more. Because Pauline had a special place in her heart, and a unique flair for the bridal industry, after taking classes in merchandising, she opened her own business, Polly's Bridal House in Ledyard for many years. She eventually became a Bridal Consultant, she was a wedding photographer and she created beautiful wedding cakes. Active in her church, Pauline served as President of the Relief Society and was its State Representative. Pauline's zest for life kept her active every day by swimming, dancing, white water rafting, or biking. She always embraced new experiences, which led her to swimming with dolphins and manatees, conducting music, snorkeling in the Caribbean, becoming a Sunday School teacher, and much more. Pauline would make any experience interesting and exciting, sharing wonderful and fascinating stories and anecdotes of her past with those around her. Her love of life was infectious and inspiring. From children to animals, from art to music, from parades to fireworks to decorating all-out for the holidays, you could always find Pauline at the center of fun and laughter. Her personal philosophy of embracing every moment will live on in the memories of all who knew this amazing woman, especially her family. Wishing to be remembered in celebration of her rich and abundant life experiences. Pauline is survived by her son, Dale Carter and his wife, Pat of Harwinton, Mark Gilmore of Griswold and his fiancé, Sandy Fiore, and Craig Gilmore and his partner Troy Henderson of Sarasota, FL. Also surviving her are her sister, June Martin and her husband Earl, of Uncasville and Theodore Dupont of Griswold, and as well as seven grandchildren, 13 great- grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, Gerald Gilmore, her son, Delmore Carter, her brother, Robert Dupont and her sister, Shirley Raymond. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 11AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 597 Scotland Rd., Norwich, CT. Burial will following at Gales Ferry Cemetery in Gales Ferry. A calling hour will be held at the church from 10AM to the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, because Pauline's love for animals, memorial donations are requested to made either to Kitty Harbor, Inc., 2263 Glasgo Road, Griswold, CT 06351-9114 or the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington CT, 06111. For an online obituary and to share a condolence with Pauline's family please visit www.cummings-gagnefh.com. The Cummings – Gagne Funeral Home, Norwich, CT is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Norwich Bulletin on July 29, 2012
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