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Obituary: Mrs. Louisa W. Llewellyn, age 82, of Gloucester City NJ

Louisa W. Llewellyn, 82, of Gloucester City, New Jersey, passed away peacefully in her sleep on 091707_1420_ElsieFowler1December 26, 2014 in her daughter's home in Orem, Utah.

She was born to the late Walter and Louisa Finger on Nov. 18, 1932, in Camden, NJ. Louisa graduated from Gloucester High School in 1950 and received a BA in Education from the Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in 1954, qualifying to teach both elementary and secondary education. 

Following college graduation, Louisa worked for a brief time in Fairview, NJ, as an elementary school teacher until the opportunity came to teach at her high school alma mater, Gloucester City High School, where she was a teacher until she retired in 1989. Mrs. Llewellyn was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students through education and was the advisor to many student clubs and organizations. She was always proud of the

students she worked with on the school newspaper, yearbook, and other creative literary clubs. As a teacher she was known for being tough but supportive with the expectation for all of her students to work hard and learn to their full potential. Mrs. Llewellyn was particularly passionate about history and often included epic historical battle reenactments that took place on the practice fields outside her classroom. She was so interested in the history of her own hometown that she became an author and editor of the book, First Settlement on the Delaware River: A History of Gloucester City, New Jersey, published by the Gloucester City American Revolution Bicentennial Committee 1976.

Louisa will be remembered in Gloucester City as a lifelong community servant. She attended City Council meetings on a routine basis, worked at the community food bank and thrift shop, sang with the Community Choir, was the treasurer for the Police Athletic League, supported the Girls Softball League as a Commissioner, was on the Mayor's Advisory Board, and actively supported many other city organizations. After she retired from teaching Louisa was elected to and worked tirelessly on the Gloucester City School Board where she served until she recently resigned due to declining health. She always placed the children of Gloucester City at the forefront of any Board of Education decision and relentlessly pushed for improving education opportunities which included the new middle school. Over the course of her life, Louisa was recognized on several occasions for her dedicated service to the community that she loved.

Louisa was an active member of Trinity Methodist Church of Gloucester City where she sang in the church choir, served as a Sunday School Teacher to children and adults along with being the Church Treasurer for many years. She was a dedicated servant of her faith and loved her church family as they loved her.

Louisa is survived by two sisters: Faith Piasecki, of Pompano Beach, FL and Sandra Juckett of Gloucester City, NJ; her two children: Glynneth Llewellyn Bockholt and husband Robert (Orem, UT) and Mark T. Llewellyn, Sr. and his wife Muriel (Tallahassee, FL). She was preceded in death by one granddaughter and one great-grandson, and is survived by five grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be sent to the Gloucester City Board of Education, 1300 Market Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030 with a notation "in memory of Louisa Llewellyn". The donations will support the scholarship funds distributed to graduating students of Gloucester City High School.

A Memorial Service is being planned for early 2015 to be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Gloucester City. The date and time for the service will be announced at a later date.

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