Celebration of Life was held last Saturday for JOSEPHINE GAINES LANSEY at Grace Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. She was the daughter of the late Teackle Wallis and Josephine Gaines Lansey. Her seven brothers who preceded her in death, and she was the last living grandchild of Bishop Abraham Lincoln Gaines.
A native Baltimorean, Josephine was a 1946 graduate Frederick Douglass High School graduated from Coppin Teachers College (now State University) with a degree in Elementary Education. Employed 30 years by the Baltimore City Public School System, she began her career as a classroom teacher. Like many before her, she went on to further her education commuting to New York University to earn a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 1954.
In May 1963, she was selected as a member of the delegation representing Baltimore City Public Schools at the American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Convention in Philadelphia. Also during this time she was selected to participate in an education series produced by WBAL-11 titled “Let’s Be Fit” where she created 3 segments for the series.
In 1980, she joined her brother, E. Gaines Lansey, Sr. at Ideal Federal Savings Bank, an institution founded by her father and several other prominent businessmen. She retired for a second time in 2010. Josephine was an active member for many years with the DuBois Circle, Phi Delta Kappa, The Pennies and Bozas social clubs as well the Frederick Douglass High School and Coppin State University Alumni Associations. A long time member of Grace Presbyterian Church, she was also a member of the Memorial Fund.
She leaves to celebrate her memory, several nieces and nephews who she nurtured and supported. She also leaves to mourn her passing sisters-in-law Priscilla Phillips Lansey, Rowena Lansey and Marie Lansey, goddaughter Gayle Guilford, devoted friends and traveling companion Shirley Griffin, Mary Prow and her life long friend and companion Cleona Kelly. The family requests those wising to make donations in her name do so to Grace Presbyterian Church or Druid Hill YMCA.
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