She applied rigorous scholarship standards to everything she did, basing her actions and views on meticulous research, intellectual integrity and careful consideration of alternative views. She was an excellent writer and editor, working professionally over many decades and providing volunteer editorship services to a variety of historical publications. She treated everyone she met with respect and dignity, always acted with integrity and was generous and sympathetic to those in need. She was in all things publicly minded and devoted to making life better for others. She was a loving wife and mother, devoted grandmother to her five grandchildren and immensely proud of her family. She is survived by her husband Howard of 53 years; her three children and their spouses, Joseph Wayland and Patricia Verrilli of New York, Karen Wayland and Robert Herbert of Washington, D.C. and Charles Wayland and Laurie Schlueb of Missoula, Montana; five grandchildren, Christopher, Daniel, Matthew, Spencer and Levi; and siblings Ted Stratton of Florida, Joseph Stratton of Oregon, and Judith James of Indiana.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, December 21 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Rd, Colchester, CT 06415. A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Lebanon Historical Society, P.O. 151 Lebanon, CT 06249, or the Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 51 Lebanon, CT 06249. www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com
Published in Norwich Bulletin from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, 2016