Barbara Louise “Garver” DeLeo

February 2, 1932 - April 14, 2021
Barbara Louise “Garver” DeLeo


Barbara Louise Garver DeLeo of Wilmington, died on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She was born on February 2, 1932, in Gastonia, NC, to Lester and Ola Garver.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Ralph, Paul and Harold Garver, as well as by her husband, John P. DeLeo. She is survived by her children, Jackie P. Shanklin (Kenneth) of Wilmington, NC, William (Bill) Pate (Donna) of Mobile, AL and Jeanne P. Gordon (James) of Hendersonville, NC; her grandchildren Chris Gordon (Siobhan), Jennifer Mercuri (Jeremy), Kristen Dewey Stephen), Aaron Pate (Analisa) and Hannah Pate; and her seven great-grandchildren.

Barbara had a love for life that was contagious. She loved gardening (she did indeed have a green thumb), traveling, line dancing, singing (she was in the choir at Harbor United Methodist Church) and gathering with friends. She was in the Pilot Club of Wilmington; she joined the Red Hat lunch group; and she loved her “lunch group”; and she loved her “lunch bunch” friends. She dated on her children and grandchildren.

A visitation and memorial service will be held at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation on Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 3-5PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403
910.791.9099

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