Priscilla Gaines Lansey passed away on Dec. 1 as a result of congestive heart failure. Gaines was the first of five children born to Edward Gaines Lansey, Sr. and Martha Priscilla Phillips on Sep. 12, 1942.

Priscilla Gaines Lansey. (Courtesy Photo)
Priscilla Gaines Lansey. (Courtesy Photo)

A native of Northwest Baltimore, Gaines was baptized at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church and graduated from Western High School in 1960. She attended Baltimore Junior College now known as Baltimore City Community College and Morgan State College now known as Morgan State University.

Gaines left Baltimore in the summer of 1965 to visit a friend in Los Angeles, CA where she happened to love it so much she decided to stay working for the Los Angeles Public Library. However, Gaines returned to Baltimore in 1967 to continue her education at Morgan State College as an art major where she received her Bachelor of Arts in 1970.

After graduating from Morgan, Gaines began her professional career as a kindergarten teacher at the Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School.  In 2010 she retired from Tench Tilghman Elementary school after 40 years of service in public education.
She was an active member of the Upton Community.  She worked with the Marble Hill Community
Association and was a volunteer with the city fair now known as ArtScape.  She was a member
of the Ladies 12, The DuBois Circle and serving on many committees and in various elected offices.

Priscilla Gaines Lansey leaves behind her sister Yvonne; two brothers, E. Gaines Jr. and Patrick Lansey; a niece Stephanie Yvonne Lansey-Delgado (husband Johnny); one great-nephew Justin Anderson and a host of other family and friends.  Her parents and brother Frank preceded her in death.

The viewing was held on Dec. 7, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Wylie Funeral Home on 701 N Mount Street in Baltimore, MD 21217. The services are Dec. 8 at Immaculate Conception on 1509 Druid Hill Ave in Baltimore, MD 21217. There will be a family hour from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. which is when the funeral mass will begin.