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Gwendolyn ‘Gwen’ Cummings Dupray, 70, poured her heart, soul and talents into her children’s lives

Gwendolyn 'Gwen' Cummings Dupray
Gwendolyn ‘Gwen’ Cummings Dupray

WILMINGTON — Gwendolyn “Gwen” Cummings Dupray, 70, of Sunset Park, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center.

A non-smoker, she was diagnosed with advanced Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer in 2010. A doctor gave her three months to live. Renowned for her strength, and determined to enjoy her new grandson, Gwen vowed to fight the disease. Nine years later, her greatest joy was being a doting “Nan” to her four grandchildren, Carter (10), Caroline (8), Nelson (5) and Marietta (4).

Born April 4, 1949, and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, the proud Canadian married a handsome American U.S. Navy officer, Henry “Hank” Dupray, 52 years ago. They settled in the states. A devoted mother, Gwen poured heart, soul and her many talents into her children and their interests.

Over the years, she served as a volunteer children’s music director and Sunday school teacher at Waddington United Methodist Church, New York; Sunset Park United Methodist Church, North Carolina; and Pine Valley United Methodist Church, North Carolina. She worked as a clogging teacher and costumer for the dance program at YWCA Lower Cape Fear. She was an active parent in the Wilmington Boys’ Choir and Hanover Singers, where she also lent her sewing talents.

Professionally, Gwen costumed many shows for Tapestry Theatre Company, Thalian Hall and Opera House Theatre Company. She also created costumes for cruise line and cabaret shows and a handful of productions at EUE/Screen Gem Studios. Additionally, Gwen made and altered wedding gowns, prom dresses, suits, ready-to-wear, and more for a bevy of private customers who often became friends. A road warrior, she drove across North America several times per year, visiting friends and family. She was famous for her homemade bread, her handwritten letters and cards, her phone greetings and her love of shopping. If it’s true that the one who dies with the most fabric wins, Gwen gets the gold!

Gwen is survived by her husband, Hank Dupray; children, Charlene Dupray (Pascal Siegler), Trevor Dupray and Chad Dupray (Cara Dupray); and her four beautiful grandchildren. In addition to many cherished cousins and lifelong friends who span the globe, Gwen is also survived by her aunt, Lavena Charpentier; brother, Bobby Cummings (Lorraine Byrch); and sister-in-law, Carol Cummings.

A viewing and visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation. A local memorial service will be announced at a later date. In the interim, a funeral service and burial are being planned for Saturday, Sept. 14, in Chase Mills Waddington, New York.

Share online condolences with the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.

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