Claire Gaston

| 03 Oct 2017 | 12:52

Claire Gaston of Warwick, formerly of Pinehurst, N.C., and Ridgewood, N.J., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Schervier Pavilion. She was 94 years old.
Born Jan. 10, 1923, in New York City, she was the daughter of Arthur and Mary (Durham) Bauer and grew up in Glen Rock, N.J. She was predeceased by her sister, Janet Senna
She was married to the late Edward A. Gaston (Ned) in 1950 and raised their four children in Ridgewood, N.J., before moving to Pinehurst, N.C., in 1986.
Claire was a World War II Navy veteran, serving from 1943-1946. She served as a WAVE and was stationed at Hunter College in New York City. Her job was to drive important Navy personnel around the city.
She was a full-time mom and as the children grew older, she became a real estate agent for Century 21.
In her younger days, Claire was a professional dancer at the Roxy Theater in New York City. She was a choreographer for local shows and a member of the Baguettes and Sophisticated Ladies dance groups in Pinehurst, N.C.
She loved animals, especially dogs, and her house was always the “hub” of social activity.
Claire was an avid golfer and former member of Pinehurst Country Club, Upper Montclair Country Club, High Mountain Country Club and Saddle River Golf Club. She won many ladies championships and achieved six holes in one during her career.
She was a painter and member of the Arts Council of Moore County (N.C.) and the Warwick Art League.
Claire is survived by her children Patricia Bayne and her husband, Doc, of Hewitt, N.J., Ned Gaston and his wife, Erica, of Richmond, Vt., Suzanne Gaston and her husband, Craig Wachsman, of Warwick and Bill Gaston and his wife, Kathy, of Enosburg Falls, Vt., grandchildren Joshua and Bronwyn Taylor and her husband, Conor Lennon, Travis Gaston, Graham and Meghan Wachsman, Rachel Gaston and her husband, Jeremy Gartner, Bailey and Justus Gaston, and great-grand daughter Aoife Taylor Lennon.
Memorial visitation will be on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick.
Internment is private.
Memorial donations may be sent to Warwick Valley Humane Society, P O Box 68, Warwick, NY 10990.
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