Laura Goslee


Obituary of Laura Frances-Dashiell Goslee

Laura Frances Dashiell-Goslee

On May 26, 1931, a beautiful baby girl was born to the late Pauline G Dashiell and Denwood Gale.  She waited patiently for God to dispatch his Angels to carry her home on Monday, March 16, 2020.



Laura received her early education at Salisbury Elementary and in 1947 completed her education at Salisbury High School.  She later met and married James Edward Dashiell Sr. of Fruitland Maryland (deceased).  From this Union there were seven children, Marsha (“Penny”) Jones, James (“June”) Dashiell Jr., Deborah (“Debbie”)Fields, Marilyn (“Peaches”) Reid, Arlene Veney, Roland (“Keith”)Dashiell and Everette (“Mac”)Dashiell (Deceased)In later years, Laura remarried to Alfred Goslee,Sr.(deceased) and with this union added Five adult children, Joyce, Vivian, Brenda, Geraldine and Alfred Jr.  


Laura always understood the importance of work and being independent.  She was employed as a domestic caretaker by, (just to name a few): Mrs. Gwen Curtis, Sue and Frank Morris for several years, Virginia Nicoll, Jack and Betty Morris for over 40 years. During her 40-year tenure, she helped in raising seven children who she loved and cared for as her own: Margaret, John, Mary, Nancy, Paul (deceased), Edward and Jane.  Laura's love for her family and people was undeniably the real deal.



Laura (Mom Franc) was a devoted member of St. Paul A.M.E Zion Church. She dedicated her life to Christ at the age of 12.  Then rededicated her life at the age of 40.  She was a diligent worker in the church.  For over 10 years she served as the President of the Sunshine Ministry and the Church Essential Ministry.  These ministries were joined and later called the C.E. Sunshine Ministry, which consisted of helping the Seniors of St. Paul, purchasing appliances for the church kitchen as well as planning special activities for the Seniors.  Laura also served as President of the Share Program which allowed people to purchase food packages at a low cost.  For more than 30 years Laura served as the President of the food bank outreach ministry at which food and clothing were given away at no cost. Laura was the overseer of the Church's kitchen for more than 25 years.  She would purchase the food for the church and church functions.   A former class leader. A member of the Missionary, Evangelist Ministry.  President of the church's newsletter (The Informer). Laura was a part of the lay council (head of the We Care Committee,) where she would send out get well cards to the sick and shut-in and if she knew your birthday, you may have been blessed with an unexpected birthday card.



Laura also known as “Mom Franc”,” Mom Mom” “Mom”, “Grand-mom”, “Mother, “Sister Franc” and “friend”, leaves many memories not only to her 6 children, but she leaves to share them with 1 Son In-Love, Robert Veney, 1 daughter in-love, Lenore Dashiell, 17 Grandchildren, 46 Great-Grands, 22 Great-Great Grands, 1 Sister, Elinor Briddell, Brother, William Purnell, one Sister In-Love, Elaine Purnell, one Brother In-Love, Marcus Briddell, 4 Nieces and 3 Nephews. One Uncle, Clayton Dashiell.  Two special cousins who were raised like a sister and brother to her, Robert (“Flutchie”) Dashiell and Sharon Dashiell.  A host of cousins, relatives, friends and the St. Paul Church Family.  She was preceded in death by one Sister, Dorothy Ann Jones, one Son, Everette (“Mac”) Dashiell.



Mom Franc as she was so lovingly called by many was a woman of genuine love. She earnestly expressed the importance of family sticking together no matter what. For years, before her health began to fail, she would host Christmas Eve dinners in her home. Mom Franc loved Christmas.  She and her son “Rol” (Roland, Keith) would spend days shopping for every one of her children, grandchildren, great and great-great grands. She also gave gifts to her extended family and some of her church family. Her home was always decorated top-notch at Christmas every year. It was a time; she made sure that you knew how special you were to her.  She emphasized how everyone should “love more.”

“Mom Franc” was a collector of dolls. If you entered her home, you would see the many dolls that surrounded each room. If you were extra special, you just may open a gift from her which included a doll.  She had dolls of all nationalities.

“Mom Franc” was truly unique! During her terminal illness she shared step-by- step with her daughters who cared for her, the process she was going through.  She always took time to tell them and the Hospice Care nurses and assistant nurses, how much she loved and appreciated all they did to care for her. “Mom Franc” planned her own Home going Service; she selected her attire, most of her Pallbearers and asked each if he would serve in that position, she also invited different ones to attend also.  She made many laugh and some left with tears as she shared words of wisdom and encouragement with them.  This woman was amazing through it all!  Her Final Words to ALL: "LOVE MORE"

Her children called her blessed.  She fought a good fight, she finished her course, she kept the faith, (she never cursed God nor anyone during her sickness, but she cried out to God in prayer to take her home), and He heard her cry, dispatched His Angel to come for her; now she is with the LORD, the Righteous Judge, who shall give her a Crown of Righteousness on that day.  


The family wishes to thank Coastal Hospice and their staff for the compassionate care given to our Mom.  We also extend a very special thanks to the Morris family for their abundance of love and support.


Her Final Words to All were: “LOVE MORE"

Due to current mandates, a private family viewing will be held and a graveside service will be held at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron, Maryland.

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