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Gwendolyn Jean Merritts Springer, 86, missionary who restored Baptist churches and youth camps

Gwendolyn Jean Merritts Springer

WILMINGTON — Gwendolyn Jean Merritts Springer, 86, died Friday, July 24, 2020. She was born Feb. 28, 1934, in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

She spent the first part of her life in Altoona. As a teenager, her family moved to Wilmington, where she met and married David McLean and raised her two children as a homemaker.

She lived on the water in the Masonboro area and loved fishing, boating and the water. She later spent some time in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area and worked in retail clothing. She enjoyed clothes and helping people look their best.

She later met and married Alton Springer, who preceded her in death, and lived her latter years in Lillington, Alabama, until returning to Wilmington due to health reasons. From their home there, they became involved in the service of the Lord as mobile missionaries for the Baptist Church. They traveled the USA via motorhome and donated their time and money to help build, repair and restore Baptist churches, youth camps and Christian retreats around the country. When not traveling, she was very active in her local church and was a member of the choir. She loved music, and gospel bluegrass was among her favorites. She liked to paint and do crossword puzzles. Wheel of Fortune was her favorite television show.

Gwendolyn is survived by two children, Sherry Johnson (husband Nathan) and David McLean; three grandchildren, Shane Bruns, and his wife, Ginger, Alexis Sisk, and her husband, Adam, and Katelyn McLean; four great-grandchildren, Carissa, Kody, Kolby and Kinlee; and two great-great-grandchildren, Hudson and Karson. She was also considered Grandma Gwen by Susan McLean, and her husband, Michael Satrazemis, and daughter, Sophie, and Chris McLean, and his wife, Toni, and their daughter, McKenzie.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Stonebridge and Woodbury for the love and care she received over the years.

In lieu of flowers, donations and be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or Breast Cancer Research.

Due to the current situation, a memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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