Gwendolyn Dare “Gwen” Loudermilk

January 16, 1938 - March 3, 2018
Gwendolyn Dare “Gwen” Loudermilk

Gwendolyn Dare Loudermilk, age 80, of Wilmington, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

She was born on January 16, 1938, in Durham, NC, the daughter of Ralph Cooke and Selena Green Cooke.

Gwen taught classical piano for decades, enriching the lives and helping hone the skills of a generation of music lovers. She also served as an organist for several churches when she was younger. She also attended Duke University where she took a number of courses.

Gwen is survived by her children; John D. Loudermilk III, Ralph Richard “Rick” Loudermilk and his wife Lisa, and Michael Paul Loudermilk and his wife Karen.

No services are planned at this time.

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  • March 08, 2018
    Skip Woolwine says:
    Gwen was a close neighbor of ours in Nashville. I remember the outgoing personality and sense of humor she always maintained, even in the face of the challenges that accompanied raising 3 high-spirited adolescent boys, and the frequent visits of certain delinquent neighbor kids (i.e., myself). Well done, Mrs. Loudermilk.

  • March 08, 2018
    Chris Woolwine Bettis says:
    Dear John, Rick & Mike, I remember your beautiful mom so well. She certainly put up with plenty of shenanigans from y'all & my brother! I'm so sorry for your loss & will keep you in my prayers.

  • March 15, 2018
    Bill Parker says:
    I really miss this high school classmate and absolute superb pianist who accompanied me on school-wide singing opportunites in grades 10, 11, and 12. She gave me the confidence and inspiration to sing at an outlier level!! Was a huge fan of Johnny L, and I still karaoke his songs. Will always remember both of them!!!! Love to the family. You'll soon arrive at a place where you'll remember all the good times had with your mom and all the good things about her!