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Gwen M. Duff, 87, of Mansfield, beloved wife for 65 years of Lloyd T. Duff, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of April 8, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Van Wert, Ohio, on January 5, 1926, Gwen was the daughter of Robert T. and Anna Lillian Moore. She attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, where she majored in music and was homecoming queen. She married Lloyd, her high school sweet-heart, in 1948. They moved to Mansfield in 1954 when Lloyd accepted the position of Coach of Track and Cross-Country at the University of Connecticut. In 1960, Gwen and Lloyd founded Holiday Hill Day Camp and Recreation Center, now in its 54th season.

Gwen was an adored music teacher in the Mansfield Public Schools for 19 years. While teaching, she attained her Master of Music degree from UConn. After her retirement in 1979 she served as a member of the Mansfield Board of Education. Gwen was an accomplished pianist and accompanist for countless ensembles over the years. She was a member of the Storrs Congregational Church for 59 years, where she directed the Youth Choir and was a long-time member of the Adult Choir. She also directed the Mansfield Senior Choir for many years and performed with the choir until this past holiday season. For 69 years, Gwen was a member of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization which focuses on furthering women’s educational opportunities.

In addition to her husband Lloyd, Gwen is survived by her three children – Lynn Keehan and fiancé Mark Leu of Prescott, Arizona; Robert and wife Jill Duff of East Greenwich, Rhode Island; and Wendy and husband Dudley Hamlin of Mansfield Center, Connecticut; as well as her cherished grandchildren: Jamie Keehan; Laura and Graham Duff; and Spencer, Haley, and Hunter Hamlin; and a sister, Martha Austin, of Tiffin, Ohio.

All friends and relatives are invited to a memorial service celebrating her life, to be held April 20th at 10:00 am at the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Rd, Storrs, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gwen’s memory may be made to the American Camp Association Scholarship Fund which will be used to send needy children to Holiday Hill. Please make any donations payable to ACA Campership Program with Gwen Duff Memorial in the memo portion of the check and mail to American Camp Association, 5000 State Rd 67 North, Martinsville, IN 46151-7902; or to the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Rd, Storrs, CT 06268; or to Hospice of Eastern Connecticut, 34 Ledgebrook Dr, Mansfield, CT 06250.