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Louise Marks Cobb, retired journalist and English teacher

Louise Marks Cobb.
Louise Marks Cobb.

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

Born in Asheville on Sept. 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, 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 are: Anne Reiner (Bill), Jenny Waldkirch (Robert), Mary Richardson (David Thore), all of Wilmington; and Tracey Filippi (Leo), of Fall City, Washington. Grandchildren are: Lasseter Waldkirch Wooten (Jonathan), Greenville; Lindsey Waldkirch Sullivan (Kevin), Martinsburg, West Virginia; Thomas Waldkirch (Katie), Wilmington; Janna Filippi, Kings County, Washington; John Thomas Richardson (Sarah), Wilmington; Bryan Richardson, King County, Washington; and David and Sara Reiner, Wilmington. Great-grandchildrenare : 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 3 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church on Saturday, Jan. 2.

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.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation.

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