Gwendolyn Stokes was born January 23, 1956, in Stanly County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Mary Frances Drye Edwards and the late Thomas Edward Stokes Sr. Wednesday morning, December 2, 2020, Our Lord and Savior, Maker of all things, called our beloved to Eternal Rest. Gwen, as she was affectionately known, was caring, and loving. She never said she was leaving, she never said goodbye, she was gone before we knew it, and only Our God knows why. Amid the midst of this sorrowful time, we are comforted in knowing that Gwen loved us all, and we loved her. We miss her dearly and she will never be forgotten.
She was educated in the Stanly County public schools and graduated from North Stanly High School, New London, North Carolina. She furthered her education at Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina where she pursued a degree in early childhood education. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a developmental specialist with Lafayette Group Home, Albemarle, North Carolina.
Gwen was a member of First Baptist Church, New London, where she was a member of the Senior Choir. She enjoyed cooking, singing, solving word search puzzles, and collecting anchors, but most of all she enjoyed family time and doting on her grandchildren. She also served as the community liaison by providing food boxes for the community and others that were in need.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas E. Stokes Sr. and brother, Thomas E. Stokes Jr.
Gwen’s memory will be cherished by her devoted daughter, LaTonya Gilmore, Fort Mill, South Carolina; three grandchildren: Khalil Gilmore, Huntersville, North Carolina, Chazlyn Caple and Anajha Allen, both of Fort Mill; mother, Mary Frances (John) Edwards, New London; brother, Kenneth (Sheila) Stokes, Salisbury, North Carolina; special friend, Eric; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
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