Gwendolyn Maurice McCaskill, an employee of Barnes & Nobles Bookstore on the Grambling State University campus, was remembered by many at GSU. Funeral service for McCaskill was held on, Jan.19 at Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ in Ruston.
McCaskill was in her seventh year at the GSU bookstore.
“In a time where people are so busy thinking of themselves, Mrs. McCaskill set a great example of selflessness,” said Rosalyn Lewis, GSU Bookstore manager. “She gave a warm smile and a big hug to everyone who walked into the GSU bookstore. Our students had a mother away from home in her. Love is something that she so freely gave and she will be greatly missed. Not only has the McCaskill family suffered a great loss so has the Grambling Family especially those who frequented the GSU Bookstore. I have know doubt she’s having a meet and greet in heaven.”
McCaskill received her early education from the Monroe City School System. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelors degree in fashion merchandising from Louisiana Tech University.
The mother of three daughters completed further studies at GSU, working toward a master’s in public administration.
She was a member of the Northeast Louisiana’s Board of Realtors and realtor for Century 21.
McCaskill was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and an entrepreneur, establishing several fashion boutiques.
Colleagues remember McCaskill has God fearing.
“I will really miss her, especially the many conversations we would have about God and just the love she a always showed towards everyone,” said Ciria Lee, a psychology major and employee of the Barnes and Noble bookstore. “She was a blessing to many, and I’m glad God allowed me to have the opportunity to be touched by her. I smile because I know she is in heaven having a wonderful time.”
McCaskill is survived by her husband, mother, three daughters and three grandsons.