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Carol Allford Duckett

April 23, 1943 August 24, 2015
Carol Allford Duckett
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Obituary for Carol Allford Duckett

We will Celebrate
 the Life & Legacy of
Our Beloved

Carol Allford Duckett

"The Sunshine Of Our Lives" 


 On Wednesday

September 2, 2015

 Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

5732 Race Street

Philadelphia, PA  19139

Viewing:   9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Homegoing Service to follow at 11:00 a.m. 

Interment will conclude at Ivy Hill Cemetery

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19150

                          Carol's  Life Journey

Sunrise:  April 23, 1943          Sunset:  August 24, 2015
On April 23, 1943, James and Emma Allford and their family of 4 children welcomed Carol Juanita into  their home in Philadelphia, PA.    Carol’s vivacity and gift of gab were apparent from the start and her academic abilities were recognized at an early age.   Her public school education culminated in her graduation from The Philadelphia High School for Girls where she was known for her sparkling personality and her fluency in languages.  Carol continued her education at Penn State University graduating in 1964 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and, then to Arcadia University for her Master’s degree. 
While at Penn State, Carol joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Epsilon Gamma Chapter; she continued to be active in the Philadelphia Alumnae chapter, participating in the award of scholarships to deserving students.  She also was an active member in the national teachers’ sorority, Phi Delta Kappa. 
 Carol’s desire to have a positive influence upon young people directed her into a teaching career spanning 30 years in a variety of teaching positions in the School District of Philadelphia.  As she progressed from teaching in the classroom to becoming an administrator, she served as a House Director at Ada Lewis Middle School.   She was promoted to the principalship at Guion S. Bluford Elementary School where she did a remarkable job of motivating not just students and teachers, but also parents and the surrounding community.
In 1988, Carol married the love of her life, Joseph Duckett.  Their lives were filled with travel and family.  They loved trips to Aruba and Las Vegas and celebrated Carol’s retirement with a trip around the world.   Joseph brought to the marriage a wonderful extended family as well as 2 daughters and a granddaughter whom Carol loved as her own.   During their marriage, Carol, the ever faithful daughter, brought her parents to live with her.  She and Joseph cared for them lovingly until Joe’s death in 1998.  Carol continued to nurture and care for them until their deaths.  
Carol  attended  Mt. Carmel Baptist Church for most of her life until the trip to West Philadelphia proved too  taxing for her and she transferred membership to Bethel Deliverance International Church in          Mt. Airy where she participated in the Community Outreach Ministry.   
After love of God, family, and travel, came Carol’s love of bowling.  She was so proud of the many bowling trophies she won and so close to the many friends she developed through the years in the School Employee league at the Adams Lanes.   She loved a wide range of music with favorites ranging from  Andrea Bocelli to Nancy Wilson to Kirk Franklin.  And, boy, did she love those Eagles!
Carol began wintering in Brooksville, FL with her niece Nettie and Nettie’s husband Louis Newby until this year when Carol finally said farewell to cold and snow and became a full-time Floridian. 
After a brief hospitalization, Carol passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on August 24, 2015.  She leaves behind memories of a beautiful life and a legacy of unconditional love.   Carol is predeceased  by her husband, Joseph; her parents James and Emma; her sister Gwendolyn A. Bryant; her brothers Layton and James Jr.; and her foster sister Aliyya Emeruwa.   She leaves to mourn a foster brother Theodore Allford, stepdaughters Cathy Cole (Lee),  Josey Duckett Boyd (Brandon), granddaughter Lauren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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