Danese G. Moore: ‘No one is better than you are and you are no better than anyone is.’

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Danese Lillian Goodwin Moore

Danese Lillian Goodwin Moore was born on October 6, 1934 in Columbia, South Carolina to the late William Milton Goodwin and the late Edith Elizabeth Koon. She passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.  

The Goodwin Family lived on Madison Ave, Woodbrook Avenue and later on Bentalou Street. Danese was the youngest of six siblings. Her siblings William H. Goodwin, Jr., James H. Goodwin, Edith C. Gibson and Norvice G. Penny all preceded her in death. Her sister Reva G. Lewie and her daughters Angela Moore Rivers and Andrea Norvice Moore survive Danese.

Danese, affectionately called “Needie” by her sister Edith, graduated from Old Douglass High School in 1951. Danese was very active with the Douglass class of 1951 reunions and stayed in touch with her classmates over the years. She attended Morgan State College for four years until her husband Samuel Moore called for her four times to come marry him in Cambridge, England. Samuel was in the U.S.Air Force and was stationed at Mildenhall Air Base in England at the time. Danese and Moore lived a wonderful life together abroad. They travelled extensively throughout Europe, during their time in England and had a honeymoon most folks only dreamed of on the island of Capri in Italy. Their first daughter Angela was born in Dover, Delaware and Andrea was born in Belleville, Illinois. Before retiring in Columbia, Maryland, they were stationed in Fairfield, California on Travis Air Force Base. Danese was active in the Officer’s Wives Club and, when family visited, they went to San Francisco, Napa Valley and other well-known attractions in the area. Moore treated Danese like a queen and was a loving and doting husband. When they first met on the steps of Morgan State College, Samuel, also known as Moore, let her know that he had his eye on her and was watching her.  Duck (Moore) was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Danese was an active member of the Kappa Silhouettes.

When Major Samuel Moore retired from the military, they decided to live in Columbia, where Danese became a trailblazer on many levels. Danese wrote a column for the AFRO American Newspaper in Baltimore, in the mid to late seventies called In and Around the New Town, where she shared epitaphs of an exciting new progressive city with a Black population that was just as progressive. Danese chartered the Columbia Chapter of Tots and Teens and the Howard County Chapter of the National Political Congress of Black Women. Danese developed many lifelong bonds in Columbia. The Mothers of the Tots and Teens group, after their children graduated from high school, enjoyed one another so much that they formed a book club and stayed in touch until her very last days. She was also a charter member of the Concerned Parents of Howard County, which led to the chartering of the Howard County Foundation for Black Educational and Cultural Achievements, Inc. Concerned Parents were movers and shakers and when they entered a school, the administrations listened. They found a growing need for Black students to be able to obtain scholarships and to date they have given over $1,000,000 in scholarships to African- American students in Howard County. Danese was also a member of the Howard County Chapter of Negro Business and Professional Woman and was heavily involved in politics. She worked on Ethel B. Hill’s run for Ho. Co. School Board and was actively involved in now County Executive Calvin Ball’s first campaigns. Later in life, Danese decided to get her property management and real estate licenses. She worked for many years in property management in Columbia, then became an entrepreneur and managed her sister Reva’s properties in Baltimore.

Danese and Samuel travelled all over North America and Europe. They often visited their daughter in Milan, Italy. Andrea would wait for her parents to arrive and they would travel wherever the military plane would take them first and then come and visit. Every summer they went to Virginia Beach, where Angela, Kevin and Preston would join her for fun and sun on the beach. They loved to entertain and lived a very simple, yet lavish lifestyle. One thing she instilled in her children’s hearts was that No one is better than you are and you are no better than anyone is.” Etiquette and life’s rules were very important to Danese and she shared them with whomever her audience was and shared them often.

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Gran as her two adoring Grandchildren called her, loved the finer things in life and shared that with her daughters and grandchildren Preston and Aliah frequently, to ensure that they carry on  her legacy. Danese loved her son-in-law Kevin Rivers, as if he was the son she never had and was just getting to know Gerard Charlot, Andrea’s fiancé, when she passed away. 

Left to treasure her memory are her daughter Angela Danese Moore Rivers (Kevin Rivers) and grandson Preston Moore Rivers; daughter Andrea Norvice Moore (Gerard Charlot) and granddaughter Aliah Angela-Marie Evans; Marcia L. Thompson (Troy H. Thompson, Jr); Julie Goodwin; Aron Jenkins (Marisa Jenkins); Lauren A. E. Givens Alabi (Hammed Alabi); Aaron Jenkins (Marisa Jenkins); grand nieces and nephews; Candice T. Crawford (Michael Crawford); Troy H. Thompson, III; Rachel Soto (Louie Soto); Crystal L. Thompson and Godson Rustin Brown. Danese leaves a host of friends, family, and well-wishers. She lived an immoderate, yet simple life, refined and comfortable until her last breath.