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Brenda Juanita Cole

May 6, 1950 - May 31, 2021

Brenda Juanita Cole, age 71, of Wilmington, passed away on Monday, May 31, 2021, at her home.

Brenda was born on May 6, 1950 in Griffin, GA. She was the only child of Carolyn McCarty and the late J. Benjamin McCarty.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1971 and subsequently obtained her Master’s degree from George Mason University. She taught in various public schools for several years. She had a lifelong passion for literature. Brenda was loved dearly and will be miss by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband Alan Cole, of Wilmington, and by her three children, Peter J. DePaolis, Stephanie Steinmetz and Diana DePaolis Gouveia.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Reading is Essential for All People (REAP) in Brenda’s honor. REAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving reading proficiency in public schools through teacher training and enrichment in the state of Georgia. Donations can be sent in her honor at

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