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Dolly Godwin

March 27, 1926 — March 6, 2021

Dolly Vella Godwin, 94, of Wilmington, formerly of Wilson, died Saturday, March 6, 2021.

Funeral, Thursday, 11:00, Evergreen Memorial Park.  The family will be at Wilson Memorial Service, Wednesday, 6 – 7 PM.  (Masks and social distancing are encouraged.)

“Mis Dolly” was born in Louviers, France, to Simone and Carmel Vella. She grew up during the occupation of her country in World War II. Near the end of the war, she met and fell in love with and married Elmer L. Godwin, who was serving in the US Army. After the war, the couple moved to his native Wilson. She became an American citizen, of which she was eternally proud. While living in Wilson during the years 1946-2018, she raised a son and worked at Bissette’s Drug for over 40 years. She was always a loyal friend, neighbor, parent and family member. The couple shared a tremendous work ethic, and an inseparable relationship until his death in 1998. In 2018, she moved to Wilmington to be near her son and daughter-in-law.

Surviving is her son, Michael, and daughter-in-law, Nila Monnett Godwin, of Greensboro; sister, Nicole Stephen of Silver Springs, MD; many nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dolly Godwin, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

6:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

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Evergreen Memorial Park

2800 Nash St N, Wilson, NC 27896

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