GARDINER — Tanya L. Moulton, 82, died of a prolonged illness on October 11, 2022. Although she was not a long-term resident of Glenridge Rehab & Long Term Care, she was well cared for in his last days by the wonderfully compassionate staff of Glenridge as well as MGMC Hospice. In her last days and moments, Tanya was surrounded by several members of her family. Many stories have been shared of the positive impact she has had on the lives of so many people.
Tanya was born on August 27, 1940 in Gardiner to Charles L Looke Jr and Viola Agnes Colfer Looke.
Most of her childhood she resided in Farmingdale. Tanya was exceptionally outgoing in high school, played basketball, enthusiastically chanted Gardiner High School rallies as a high-spirited cheerleader, and generally entertained everyone with her dramatic antics.
In 1956, Tanya married the love of her life, Wilmer “Bill” R Moulton. They had three children whom they raised at Gardiner: Rebecca, Erin and Michael.
Those who know her describe Tanya as tenacious, witty, loving and generous. These traits would serve her well as she endured the anxiety of raising three children while Bill’s Seabee unit was deployed in Vietnam. Through such uncertainty, she got her driver’s license and got her first job as a house supervisor at Steven’s Girls’ Correctional Facility in Hallowell.
A few years later, Tanya earned her GED, found work as a cashier at Depositors Trust in Augusta and finally as a customer service representative at Kennebec Savings Bank where she retired in 2003.
The retirement paved the way for Tanya and Bill to set off across the country with their beloved ragdoll cat, Riley, and their towed motorhome.
Throughout her life, Tanya has served her community and remained social through many organizations and different roles. She was a Scout leader, formerly Noble Grand of the local chapter of Rebekah, a member of the Red Hat Society, Merry Met at Highland Avenue United Methodist Church and an assistant at church suppers until her health declined.
Tanya loved a good time and was often the life of the party. She adored Elvis Presley and was known for her pirouettes on the dance floor. Laughter consumed his entire body and anyone who witnessed it was sure to join in. You’d probably miss part of a comedy listening to him laugh – yet somehow that only added to the film’s appeal. You can always bet on Tanya to have seen all the Oscar nominated movies and be a great predictor of the winners.
Tanya and Bill have taken all of their grandchildren on trips over the years: camping and fishing on Parlin Pond at Loon Echo Campground, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Williamsburg, Virginia and Washington DC.
Tanya is predeceased by her parents, Charles and Viola Looke, her brother Richard Looke, her husband Bill Moulton and her son-in-law Tracy Coutts.
She is survived by her sister, Pamela Stanton of Farmingdale and her husband, Robert; uncle, Franklin “Frankie” Looke of Scarborough; brothers-in-law, Clifford Moulton of Pittston and his wife Carol, David Moulton of Pittston and his wife Jane; children, Rebecca Coutts Nadeau of Pittston and her husband Robert, Erin Moulton of South Gardiner, Michael Moulton of Smyrna, Ga. and his wife Shannon; grandchildren, Amanda Coutts of Salem, Mass. and his partner Emily Froeschl, Melonie Leighton of Pittston and her husband Chad (great-grandchildren Vera and Liam), James DiPane of Fountain, Colorado and his wife Stephanie (great-grandchildren Tyler and Olivia), Maggie Metelmen of Melbourne , Australia and her husband Tod, Gareth Moulton of Dallas, Ga. and his wife Cristin (great-grandson Thomas), and Devon Moulton of Smyrna, Ga.; longtime friend Beulah Madden from Farmingdale; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial ceremony will take place in the spring of 2023.
Arrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website, http://www.staplesfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Tanya’s name to:
PALS animal shelter
188 Case Road
Winthrop, ME 04364
Obituary: Charles Warman Morris Jr.