WARREN – Gail Haviland Baxter, 79, passed peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at Windward Gardens Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

Born in Medford, Mass., April 20, 1942, she was the oldest daughter of George and Ruth Noble Haviland.

On April 21, 1962, Gail married John Baxter Jr. in Medford. Gail worked as a telephone operator there, which is how she and John met. Together, they raised their family in various lighthouses, following John’s Coast Guard assignments. Eventually they settled down in Warren.

For many years, Gail worked for the telephone company in Boston, Mass. When her children were born, she dedicated herself to being a full-time mother. She returned to the work force later in life, working at Pen Bay Hospital. She began as a switchboard operator and later moved on to the Special Care Unit Clerk. Throughout her life, she also served on the Warren Ambulance.

Predeceased by her loving husband John in 2020, Gail is survived by her sister Janet and her husband, Vod; daughters Lori Gaunder and her husband Robb of Florida, Kim Wesley and her husband Isaac of Oklahoma; sons John Baxter of Maine, and Stephen Baxter and his wife Debra of South Carolina.

Gail’s family chose to remember her life privately. In lieu of flowers, her family asks you consider donations in her name to the Maine Lighthouse Museum, 1 Park Drive, Rockland ME 04841.

To share a memory or condolence with Gail’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.