Originally created 02/10/02

Featured obituary: Mrs. Wilda Gaines Duncan Gwin



When people remember Wilda Gaines Duncan Gwin, they will most likely remember her beautiful voice and her connection to the Masters Tournament, said her nephew James B. Duncan III.

Mrs. Gwin, 77, who died after a struggle with Alzheimer's disease, was the executive secretary to Clifford Roberts, who was co-founder and chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. She served as his secretary until his death in 1977.

"She just had a very interesting life as Clifford Roberts' secretary and met many important people of the world, as many people wanted to gain entrance to the tournament," said Mrs. Gwin's niece Denise Rosenzweig. "She had wonderful stories and interesting memories of life at the golf course."

Mrs. Gwin, the widow of Thomas J. Gwin, was born Sept. 25, 1924. She was a 1941 graduate of Tubman High School.

A soprano, she had numerous leading roles in productions of the Augusta Players and was a soloist with the Augusta Choral Society. She was a member and former choir member of Church of the Good Shepherd.

"She loved nothing more than being front and center in doing what she loved, which was singing and acting," Mrs. Rosenzweig said.

"Even as an Alzheimer's patient in the nursing home, they would have someone come in every Tuesday and play the piano, and she could sit there and sing those hymns. She would just light up when they would do that. It was just amazing."

After Mrs. Gwin retired and her husband died, she became active with the St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary, where she served as president from 1983 to 1985.

"That was her social life," Mrs. Rosenzweig said.

Other survivors include a brother, James B. Duncan of Augusta, and a nephew, Randall Wilson Duncan of Newnan.

Memorials may be made to the Augusta Players or Augusta Choral Society. Graveside services will be held in Westover Memorial Park on Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Fain officiating.