ROCKLAND — Charlotte O. Gordon, 99, beloved wife of the late Edward M. Gordon, died peacefully Sept. 22, 2021, at Sussman House in Rockport.

Charlotte was born in Portland July 19, 1922, the daughter of Marcia and Morris Oransky.

Upon graduating from college, Charlotte worked for the war effort during World War II in Portland. Charlotte and Edward were married in 1946 in Boston and moved to Rockland. Soon after they married, they built their family home on Acadia Drive, and it was here they raised their five children and enjoyed a marriage of more than 60 years. The Gordons’ Acadia Drive house is a source of abundant memories for Charlotte’s family, and the stories are plentiful.

For her grandchildren, Charlotte’s home was a place of unqualified love and beautifully presented home-cooked meals. She never seemed to mind the joyful ruckus of a houseful of grandchildren!

Charlotte volunteered at the Pen Bay Medical Center and was an active member and proud supporter of the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue. For more than 30 years, Charlotte was an employee of the House of Logan in Camden, where she put to work her effortless style and grace. She was 90 — and still resplendent — before she decided it was time to retire.

Anyone who had the good fortune to sit with Charlotte for a chat will recall her quick wit and easy laughter. Her family was her absolute pride and joy, and she delighted in sharing stories of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She never lost her curiosity and concern for others, always willing to offer wisdom and to remind her family, friends and her caregivers: “Life is short!”

Charlotte was predeceased by her parents; husband Edward M. Gordon; brothers Jarrold Orans and Robert Orans; and son-in-law Conrad Gassner.

She is remembered with love and admiration by four daughters and a son: Suzan Theriault and husband David of Rockport; Joan Gordon of North Bay Village, Fla.; Judith Gassner of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.; Gail Gordon of Palm Beach, Fla.; and son Peter Gordon and wife Michelle of New Gloucester.

Also surviving are 11 grandchildren: Adam Theriault and wife Shira, Elizabeth Theriault and husband Jeremy, Erika Dixon and husband Dan, Hilary Rosenberg, Whitney Rosenberg, Alexandra Dunlap and husband Zach, Caroline Gassner, Benjamin Gordon, Michael Gordon, Christopher Gordon and Sam Gordon; seven great-grandchildren Payson and Piper Smith, Ariel and Siona Theriault, Edmund Dixon, and Oliver and Simone Zietz.

Charlotte’s family held a graveside service Sept. 24 at Mount Sinai Cemetery in Portland. You may honor Charlotte’s memory by supporting Adas Yoshuron Synagogue in Rockland, or a charity of your choice. There will be a celebration of life to be announced at a later date.