Lillian Esther Sharp Duffus

October 14, 1927 - February 10, 2022
Lillian Esther Sharp Duffus


Lillian Esther Sharp Duffus passed away in her sleep at 2:08 am on February 10, 2022 at Trinity Grove in Wilmington, NC. She was 94 years old. Born in Schenectady, NY to Daisy Vandenberg Sharp and Lester Peter Sharp. She was raised on the family farm located on the corner of Rock Hill Road and New Salem South Road in New Salem, NY at the base of her beloved Heldeberg mountains. For sixty years she lived with her Husband in Huntington Station, NY where she raised her family, before moving to Hampstead, NC and finally Trinity Grove in Wilmington, NC.

She is preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 60 years John Howard Duffus,Jr. Her brothers in law Edwin Wood and Hollis Stedman, her niece Jennifer Brennan and her grand nephew Sam Bracci.

She is survived by her daughters Susan Margret Duffus LoRusso and her husband Phillip Kelly. Anne Elizabeth Duffus, DVM and her wife Suzannne Terrant, DVM, her sisters Evelyn Lois Sharp Wood, Diane Sharp Stedman, her brother Lester Sharp, her beloved grandchildren, Jessica Canady and her husband Rich Ruehle, Joseph LoRusso, Yared Terrant, Hassan Terrant, Susan Terrant Byrd and her husband Eric Byrd, great grandson Dylan Canady and 9 nieces and nephews and their spouses, 18 grand nieces and nephews and 7 great grand nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Hampstead United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at 11am. There will be a visitation and reception immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Trinity Grove or Lower Cape Fear Lifecare, both of Wilmington NC.

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

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  • February 20, 2022
    Chanda Fiskin says:
    I have been lucky enough to have multiple fond memories of Gigi (this is the name I know her best and I feel honored she let me call her this). From the first time I met her and we joked about how small and cute she was but to not let the size full me, to getting to sit with her during her birthday celebration out side amongst her family and friends, to sitting with her during get togethers where I was not able to stand up for long periods of time and Gigi was my company. We laughed a lot about our lack of energy but I was always amazed that she actually had more than me. She was and still will be very inspiring. She was such an active person, spunky and quick witted. Thank you for sharing your mom, your Gigi, your friend with me and my family. She will be very missed but her lights shines on all around you, through you and in you.

  • February 23, 2022
    Gwen Clark says:
    I have so many fond memories of Gigi. She was small, but fierce, and always a Lady. My condolences to all of her family and loved ones. Always in my thoughts and prayers.❤️