Louise Marks Cobb

September 28, 1931 - December 27, 2015
Louise Marks Cobb

Louise Marks Cobb (Lou) of Wilmington, NC, died on Sunday, December 27, 2015.

Born in Asheville, NC, on September 28, 1931, she was the only child of John Ryan and Virginia (Lasseter) Marks. She graduated from Lee Edwards High School in 1949 and UNC-Chapel Hill in 1953 with a BA degree in Journalism. While working in Smithfield, NC, for her college professor on the Herald, she met and married Thomas Wyatt Cobb of Wilmington in 1953. He preceded her in death in 1993.

She was blessed with four daughters, without whom this trip would not have been possible or nearly as much fun, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, all of whom survive her. Daughters: Anne Reiner (Bill), Jenny Waldkirch (Robert), Mary Richardson (David Thore), all of Wilmington; and Tracey Filippi (Leo), of Fall City, WA. Grandchildren: Lasseter Waldkirch Wooten ( Jonathan), Greenville, NC; Lindsey Waldkirch Sullivan (Kevin), Martinsburg, WV; Thomas Waldkirch (Katie), Wilmington, NC; Janna Filippi, Kings County, WA; John Thomas Richardson (Sarah), Wilmington, NC; Bryan Richardson, King County, WA; and David and Sara Reiner, Wilmington, NC. Great-grandchildren: Shawn Richardson, Bentley Richardson, Cameron Wooten, Ethan Wooten, Kalin Sullivan, Aiden and John Sullivan, and Wyatt White.

She taught English at Hoggard High School for a number of years. After her retirement, she enjoyed traveling (at home and abroad), bridge (particularly with the 449’ers), reading, golf, and her volunteer work, primarily at St. James Episcopal Church where she was a communicant. She had held memberships in the Carolina Yacht Club, Cape Fear Country Club, and Pine Valley Country Club.

A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to WHQR Public Radio, St. James Parish, Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, the eBrary program of the New Hanover County Library or a charity of your choice.

The family thanks the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Home Instead Senior Care for the aid and kindness they gave our mother during her illness.

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


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  • December 29, 2015
    Brenda Wolff says:
    Louise was a dedicated teacher, mother, wife and friend. Her independent spirit and sense of humor was a gift to all. May God bless each of you daughters and family members and friends who mourn her lass.

  • December 30, 2015
    Posey Andrews Walsak says:
    Ever the proper Southern Lady, Momma Lou was a mother, wife and friend. She was always there to lend an opinion, to correct those when she believed they were mistaken about one thing or another. Her eyes would dance and sparkle with humor and mischief whenever one rose to challenge those opinions. I shall truly miss our spontaneous dinners together, when we would sit for hours discussing politics, religion and family. May each one of her daughters find peace in their hearts, knowing she touched many.

  • December 30, 2015
    Jane Rippy says:
    I have had the blessing of knowing Lou from church over many years. She was a wonderful volunteer, always smiling , and serving with such grace. In recent months , I have been privileged to be able to visit with her in her home. She has traveled this part of her journey home with such grace and such a positive spirit. I always left feeling better than when I arrived . She was a true inspiration to me and so many others. I am holding your family in my head heart and prayers. Love, Jane Rippy

  • December 30, 2015
    Nancy S. Marks says:
    Your special mother was a wonderful, thoughtful friend and companion forever. I am so pleased that she is finely free of this earthly pain and having a great round of golf with Tom, her best friend forever. She was so proud of each of you, and had such joy in your travels together during these recent years. Love and prayers for each of her beautiful and bountiful family!!

  • December 31, 2015
    Henry Rehder, Shallotte, NC says:
    Mrs. Cobb was a delightful person, and I appreciated her practical advice and encouragement. Through many conversations over the years in sunshine and shadow, she was as real as it gets. "Though much is taken, much abides..." God bless you as you mourn her loss.