“With a gentle smile and the wave of her hand, she has wandered off to a far, far land, and left us dreaming how very far it must be if she lingers there. I cannot say and I will not say that she is dead---She’s just away”
Deborah Goodwin Mosley was born on June 21, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the baby girl in the family of nine children. Her parents, John and Estelle Goodwin raised them in a Judeo-Christian home.
Deborah attended the Philadelphia Public Schools and graduated from S.P.H.S. While at Southern, she was a member of the Leader’s Club, the Modern Dance Group, the Volleyball Team and the Spanish Dance Club. Her modern dance group appeared before the State Board of Physical Education.
Deborah’s marriage to Charles Mosley blessed her with four children, Charles (Skip), Karen, Geraed and Darryl.
In her early Christian experience. Deborah attended Zion A.M.E. She directed the junior choir, sang with the young adults and later sang with the gospel chorus.
After transferring her membership to Allen, Deborah served as usher, gospel chorus member, adult teacher, Trustee, assistant director of Christian Education, steward, and assistant superintendent of the church school. As an usher, Deborah served as president and as President of the Philadelphia Church Usher’s Association; on a state level, she served as assistant chaplain delegate to Louisiana, chairman of the Ways and Means and chairman of charity. Deborah enjoyed visiting in the various states. On a community level, Deborah served as President of the Ladies Auxiliary to Amvets--Lt. E.E. Toatley, Post #11. She belonged to the “Betsy Ross Sachettes”—an honor group of the Amvets. Deborah was inducted into the Legion of Honor at the Chapel of the Four Chaplains.
Deborah leaves to cherish beautiful and crazy memories of her, children: Skip, Karen, Gerry and Darryl; grandchildren, Eric, Jillian, Nicholas, Pamela, Karl and Fife; great-grandsons, Brandon, Eric, Jr., Cameron, Tyrik, Nathan, Delmar and Julian; great granddaughters, Rhonda, Nicky, Angel and Zea; a host of wonderful nieces and nephews; two acquired sons, John and McKinnly; three acquired daughters, Cheryl, Shirley and Gloria; and all of the children she claimed as her great-grand children.
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