Virginia M. Gaylord died in her sleep on June 4 at the age of 101. She had been living at Heritage at Falmouth for the past two years.
She was the widow of Arthur Smith Gaylord, her husband of 70 years.
Originally from Waterbury, Connecticut, she moved to Northampton to attend the Cooley Dickinson Hospital School of Nursing and graduated with a registered nursing degree in 1942.
She married Mr. Gaylord and, during World War II, the couple moved across the country with each new Army Air Corps base posting. Afterward, they returned to Northampton and built a house in Leeds, a village in the western portion of the city.
Ms. Gaylord worked at a hospital, at Smith College Infirmary, and for several local doctors.
She moved to Falmouth after her husband died in 2002, so she would be closer to family.
Ms. Gaylord was an avid reader and learned landscape painting.
She leaves two sons, Arthur S. Gaylord and Bruce E. Gaylord; two grandsons; David Gaylord and Andrew Gaylord; three great-grandchildren; and extended family.
Burial will be at Spring Grove Cemetery in Florence.