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Louise Wester

LAURINBURG — Louise Wester, a longtime resident of Rockingham, passed away on Feb. 23, 2022 at Morrison Manor Hospice in Laurinburg.

Louise was born on May 14, 1920 in Whiteville, North Carolina. She was the last surviving child of Whitfield Lindsey Robbins and Etta McNeill Robbins, having outlived her six siblings. Louise attended Whiteville High School, where she was captain of the girls’ basketball and track teams. She went to business college in Wilmington after graduating from Whiteville High. 

Louise met John Wester in Whiteville and they were married in 1941. John joined the U.S. Army forces in World War II, landing on the beaches of Normandy shortly after D-Day and fighting in the long march into Germany. Louise spent his deployment at home with her parents, anxiously awaiting letters from overseas until John returned from serving his country. They were thrilled to start their civilian life together and to contribute to the post-war baby boom with the birth of their son, John Robbins “Buddy” Wester, a few years later.


The young family moved to Rockingham in 1956. While raising an energetic son, Louise immersed herself in the Rockingham community and found a true home there. She was a tireless volunteer at both the First Presbyterian Church and at Richmond Memorial Hospital, and she worked on political campaigns for candidates she believed in (as long as they were Democrats). Her home at the corner of Ann Street and Scotland Avenue was a place of joy for her, especially the huge yard where she worked her gardening magic. Several years after John died in 1998, Louise moved to Scotia Village in Laurinburg. She was so happy at “Scotia,” renewing old friendships and making new ones. She enjoyed playing beach chair volleyball and highly competitive bridge, swimming in the heated pool, and luxuriating in the beautiful grounds and her lovely apartment. 

Louise loved her family and they certainly adored her. Her son Buddy and his wife Cam survive her, as do their children, McNeill and his wife Kristen, Forest and his wife Sara, Lucas, and Jane. Louise was one of those few truly lucky people who get to know their great-grandchildren, and hers were her delight: Kate, William, Drennen, Ella, and Jackson Wester. She is also fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, and cousins from both the Robbins and Wester sides of the family.

The memorial service to celebrate Louise’s long life will take place at her beloved First Presbyterian Church in Rockingham on Saturday, March 5 at noon. If you wish to remember her, in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate your consideration of a donation to First Presbyterian Church, 904 Fayetteville Road, Rockingham, NC 28379; or Scotia Village, 2200 Elm Ave., Laurinburg, NC 28352.


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