Bernice Gordon, 83, city substitute teacher

November 12, 2003

Bernice Gordon, a retired Baltimore elementary school substitute teacher who was active in her church, died Friday of complications from diabetes at Sinai Hospital. The Ashburton resident was 83.

Born Bernice Harris in Baltimore and raised on West Lafayette Avenue, she was a 1938 graduate of Douglass High School and studied at what is now Morgan State University.

She was a substitute teacher at the old Mildred Monroe Elementary School, at Guilford Avenue and Lanvale Street, for two decades.

Family members said Mrs. Gordon liked to travel and visited Jerusalem in 1962. She was a member of the Douglass Alumni Association.

Her husband of 57 years, Charles H. Gordon Sr., died in 1997.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Cherry Hill United Methodist Church, 3225 Round Road, where she sang in the choir, taught in the vacation Bible school and belonged to its Methodist Women organization.

Survivors include a son, Larry Gordon, and a daughter, Shelley P. Gordon, both of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Another son, Charles H. Gordon Jr., died in 1961.

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