Gloria (Norton) Howard, 88: Founded Pemaquid Lake Camping, inspired creation of bank

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BRUNSWICK — Gloria (Norton) Howard, 88, died peacefully on June 17 at her Sunnybrook Village home with family by her side.

On June 17, 1922, she was born in Augusta, the seventh of eight children of Josiah and Eva Norton.

After graduating from Cony High School in Augusta, she attended Franklin Normal School in Machias.

On April 19, 1941, she married Clayton Howard and moved to Quoddy Village to serve in Roosevelt’s National Youth Administration program.

Out of a desire to provide an affordable place for families to spend time together, she and her husband built Lake Pemaquid Camping in Damariscotta in the late 1960s. The campground is still in the family today.

In the early 1970s, she was the inspiration behind the creation of the Damariscotta Bank and Trust, which was founded by her husband, oldest son and four local businessmen.

People in Damariscotta will remember her driving around in her beloved bright blue VW Beetle.

She was so proud of her children and grandchildren, and while she never took credit for any of their successes, they could not have happened without her love and support.

Her sweet smile and love of family will be sadly missed.

She was predeceased by her seven siblings, Walter Norton, Hattie Fogg, Althea Anderson, Christine Conley, Joann Higbee, William Norton, and David Norton, and by her husband of 66 years, Clayton W. Howard.

Surviving are her three sons, Clayton N. Howard and his partner Rebecca Bickmore of East Boothbay, Scott Howard and his wife Valerie of Harpswell, Andrew Howard of Saco, and her daughter, Heidi Coffin and her husband John of Brunswick; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held this fall at her home on Pemaquid Lake in Damariscotta.

For those unable to attend, condolences can be expressed at

Memorial donations may be made to CHANS Hospice, 60 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, ME 04011.

Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick.