Gwendolyn (Gwen) Wilson Dudley

October 28, 1939 - December 21, 2012
Gwendolyn (Gwen) Wilson Dudley


Gwendolyn Wilson Dudley, 73, a beautiful angel who loved the Lord and whom the Lord loved, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2012, at her home in Castle Hayne. With a giving heart and a beautiful smile for everyone, Gwen was loved by all, and shared her boundless grace and love – often beyond her means – to those who seemingly didn’t deserve it, just as God does with all of us.

Gwen was born in Wilmington on October 28, 1939. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Margaret Powell Wilson, her son, Jeffrey Herbst, and her granddaughter, Celeste Herbst.

Gwen would often be found reading her Bible when you stopped by for a visit. She enjoyed puzzle books, game shows, and sweets, especially chocolate! She loved her church family at Springview PFWB Church, where she played the piano in her earlier years. She was employed with Cape Fear Community College for 27 years and later employed by Able Auto Insurance Company. She prided herself in her work and was a faithful and dependable employee.

She is survived by her daughter, Teresa Herbst; three grandchildren, September Robinson, Steven Pryor, and Serena Pryor; three great-grandchildren, Ronald Darden, Jazmin Robinson, Somiya Pryor; four sisters, Sylvia Vaughan (Jim), Annie VanVooren (Van), Nancy Cox (Shuford), Sherry Norris (Tim); and a brother, Jimmy Wilson (Gail).

The family will receive friends Monday, December 24, 2012 from 12 pm until 1 pm at Springview Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church with funeral services to be held at 1 pm in the church with Reverends Lester Hunter and Randall Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center and especially Shawn Johnson for their loving care for Gwen.

Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center or Springview PFWB Church.

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  • December 23, 2012
    Annie Van Vooren says:
    So sorry I cannot be in Wilmington at this time; however, I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with you in November. So thankful you have a "new, perfect, pain free body and you are with Jesus. How awesome to spend Christmas with our Savior.

  • December 23, 2012
    Jeff Lee says:
    I knew Mrs Dudley for over 30 years..I always called her Jeff's Mama...She will be missed in the Neighhood...She's with Jeff now and she passed her way..Heavy Heart

  • December 23, 2012
    Jeff Lee says:
    I knew Mrs Dudley for over 30 years..I always called her Jeff's Mama...She will be missed in the Neighhood...She's with Jeff now and she passed her way..Heavy Heart

  • December 22, 2012
    Jackie Snyder says:
    Aunt Gwen will be greatly missed. She was a sweet, kind, angelic, beautiful aunt. May she hold the hand of Jesus knowing how much she is loved.

  • December 27, 2012
    Kathy Garris says:
    My sincere sympathies in the passing of Gwen. I enjoyed working with Gwen at CFCC for many years and have fond memories of her. Kathy Garris