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Virginia Louise Gaines McLaughlin

January 7, 1927 — March 5, 2024

Siler City


Louise Gaines McLaughlin, 97, of Siler City passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at her home.


Lou was born on January 7, 1927, in Goldston, NC to John and Mattie Hancock Gaines. As one of 10 children and among the oldest, she was often the go to person for counsel for a large family even late into her life.


After graduating Goldston High School, Lou worked at several Siler City firms including A.J. Schneierson’s where she developed a special and lasting friendship with co-worker, Mary Stout.   


Louise Gaines married Buddie Cleo McLaughlin Jr., February 20, 1953, together they raised a beautiful family including three children, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Their enduring love and support for one another is a lasting gift to all.


As an active and loyal member of Loves Creek Baptist Church, she worked to support children’s programs and was a dedicated deacon’s wife. She was assertive in sharing her faith with family and friends.


Lou loved beautiful things and delicious food. She was an excellent cook and mother. She spoke truths from her heart and will be remembered for her wisdom.


She was preceded in death by her husband Buddie, parents, and siblings: Oren Gaines, Mary Lee Gaines Powers, Fred Gaines, Alton Gaines, Bill Gaines, Betty Gaines Stone, John Gaines, Jr, Ella Gaines Brower


She is survived by her children: Linda McMasters of Siler City, Jan Brewer of Siler City and Tommy McLaughlin of Ocean Isle; Sister: Frankie Bridges of Siler City; Grandchildren: Carla McMasters Murray, Ashley Brewer, Grant McMasters, Mary Brewer, Blair Brewer Baxter, and Chandler McLaughlin; Great-grandchildren: Cole and Owen Murray, Harrison and Hadley Brewer, Hailey and Olivia McMasters, Ella and Nora Baxter; and many nieces and nephews.


The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to: Pam White, Jasmine Basilio, and Any Arita Palma for their loving and dedicated care.


A graveside service will be held Friday, March 8, 2024, at Loves Creek Baptist Church in Siler City at 1pm with Reverend Kenny Black officiating.   


Memorials may be made to Loves Creek Baptist Church, 1745 E 11th Street, Siler City, NC 27344.


Smith and Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.


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