Delcitia Caroline Johnson-Gore (Del) was the youngest child born to Curtis W. Johnson I and Caroline Bennett-Johnson on April 4, 1957. She was born into a second-generation Mt. Airy family, who helped her develop a love for family history and social justice.
She was baptized and attended the original Grace Baptist Church of Germantown in her youth. She remained faithful to her Christian upbringing throughout her life. Del, along with her husband, Darryl, ultimately chose Salem Baptist Church as their Church home.
Del attended Philadelphia public schools before receiving an academic scholarship to Chestnut Hill’s Springside School in 1971. She thrived at Springside, making many lifelong friends. It was there that she met her future husband and love of her life, Darryl Gore, a Chestnut Hill Academy student. They were married on August 20, 1988.
Though Del began her college career at Northwestern University in Illinois, she later received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Temple University in 1990; she continued her academic endeavors while working and caring for her family, earning a MEd in Special Education from Chestnut Hill College in 2006. Del found her calling in Special Education, working with middle school children with special needs in various Philadelphia public schools. Her last assignment was at Hill-Freedman World Academy of the Mt. Airy neighborhood. As an instructor, Del was known for her kindness, attention to detail, ability to instruct and empathy for her students. She delighted in sharing the stories of their progress and achievements. Throughout her career, Del was a beloved mentor to aspiring teachers and co-workers.
At Salem Baptist Church, among her many activities, Del sang in the Inspirational Choir, participated in feeding the homeless (TLC #5), was a member of American Baptist Women, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was invited to become a Deaconess, and later served as an officer of the Board of Deaconesses. Del was a valued member and servant of the church, deeply loved for her compassion, wisdom, humor, and authenticity.
Del loved sewing, baking, writing, and doting on her children and many nieces and nephews.
On Wednesday, April the 21st, 2021, the Lord, in His Infinite Wisdom called her home. She is survived by her adoring husband of 33 years, Darryl Gore; their children, Caroline Alexandra (Josiah) and Jordan Hope; her siblings, Jacqueline Sissoko (Mamadou) and Curtis Johnson II; her many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
Friends and family are invited to attend a walkthrough viewing on Tuesday, May 4th from 8:30 to 10:00 AM at Salem Baptist Church of Abington, 2741 Woodland Road, Abington, PA 19001.
A private service for family and invited guests will be held at 10:00 AM. The service will be live streamed on Salem’s Facebook page: @SalemBaptistChurchAbington. Following the Service, the interment service will be open to all at Ivy Hill Cemetery, 1201 Easton Road, Philadelphia, PA. The family also invites you to join them for a light repast at their home, 1422 E Duval Street, Philadelphia, PA 19138 following the gravesite service
In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider donations on Del’s behalf to the Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust. Their website is: www.thedennisfarm.org.
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