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Carol Gadsden

June 22, 1954 — August 10, 2021

Carol Gadsden

Carol Lorraine Wilson Gadsden was born June 22, 1954 in Harrisburg, PA. to her mother, the late Mary Harrison Wilson and her father, the late John Louis Wilson, Sr. She attended schools in the Harrisburg School District, including the former William Penn High Senior High, and graduated in 1972, a member of the first graduating class of Harrisburg High School.

Carol went on to attend West Chester State College where she graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, including certification as a Reading Specialist. She earned a graduate equivalency in reading as part of her certification.

In 1974 she married Nathaniel Julius Gadsden, Jr., with whom she raised three children.

She taught in the Harrisburg School District for 35 years at Downey and Foose elementary schools. She dedicated time to mentoring new teachers, sharing her expertise in reading, and tutor children who had difficulty with reading, phonics and comprehension. She retired from teaching in 2012.  Also, Carol was an educational consultant for the University of Pennsylvania and a leader in educational science, often conducting training sessions in the delivery of urban education in impoverished areas.

Carol was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in 1980 through Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter, Harrisburg, Pa.  Also, she was active in Jack and Jill, Inc. for many years. She likes to travel; she visited several foreign countries. Also, she loved spending time at the beach.

Carol entered into eternal rest on August 10, 2021. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her three children, sons Nathaniel Julius Gadsden III and David Louis Gadsden, Jr.; and daughter Danielle Victoria Gadsden, all of Harrisburg; three siblings, sisters Jeanne Marie Wilson Wise, of Laurel Md., and Deborah Anne Wilson Gadsden (Nathan Lee Gadsden), of Mount Joy, Pa., and brothers John Louis Wilson, Jr., of Silver Spring, Md., and John Louis Harrison, of Atlanta, Georgia; 8 grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Live-streaming is available via Hooper Memorial Home Inc. YouTube link below.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFtzAYXNPTo

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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