WEST BATH — Lauraine Thomas Pluto, 64, passed away at home on Oct. 1 after battling pancreatic cancer.
She was born Nov. 25, 1946 in Beverly, Mass., the daughter of Elmer B. Thomas III and Laura Catherine Cooney. Raised in Rockport, Mass. and Brunswick, she graduated from Brunswick High School in 1965 and Bates College in 1968.
After college she got married and had two sons, later moving to Arizona. As that marriage ended, she returned home to Maine and spent the majority of her life in her adopted state.
She spent her life raising her children and devoting herself to activities pursued by her family. It was through her children’s activities that she met Joseph Pluto, a navel officer. They were married May 7, 1977 and traveled with the Navy to Bermuda, the Azores and the Philippines.
She enjoyed all manner of sewing and was skilled enough to make her own wedding dress. A true outdoorswoman, she enjoyed fishing and was skilled at archery and riflery. She served for years as a dance and figure judge for the U.S. Figure Skating Association and later in her life turned her attention to civic duties such as being an election clerk and acting as a member of the Mayflower Society.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Joseph, and their daughter Laurie Pluto of Hebron and her partner Jason Strong and his children Joanna, Jordan, and Spencer. She also leaves behind her two sons, Jim Gameros of Gray and his partner Karen hall and Bill Gameros of Dallas Texas and his wife Kathryn and their children Zoe, Isabel, and Nina.
A celebration of Pluto’s life will be held on Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. at Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 federal St., Brunswick, ME. Burial will take place at 1 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery, Bath.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any of the following: Maine State Music Theater, 22 Elm St., Brunswick, ME 04011; Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266; or the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, 10 High St., Suite 301, Lewiston, ME 04240.
Memorial condolences may be expressed and a video tribute viewd at stetsonfuneralhome.com.