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Minerva Deloris Gouge

Minerva Deloris Desper Gouge, Nammy was born on November 19, 1928 in Baltimore Maryland and passed away at the age of 93, in Salem, Virginia.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Wilson Desper and Catherine Margaret Poggie. Her brothers Arthur and Charles Desper, sister Mary Desper. Her husband, James Clifford Gouge.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Currie (Monti), her son Dale Gouge (Sharon), her grandchildren, Kathy Rudolph (Jeff), Angela Jackson (Roy), Brandi Oliver (Jeff), Rachel VonWahlde (Dusty), and Tyler Fountain. Her great grandchildren, Jeffrey (Ayleen), Christian, Jordan, Ryan, Rhett, Taylor (Sam), Jonas Olivia, Maverick, and Sylvie. Her great-great grandchildren, Arianna and Abigail Jaymes.

Deloris came to reside in Pinellas County Florida in 1950. She and her husband along with her daughter, Linda became members of Clearwater First Assembly of God. Their son, Dale was born in 1954.

She worked very hard all of her life, often manual labor and she never complained. She served in various ministries for over 50 years. Some of them included singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, women’s ministries and the nursery.
After retiring from K Mart in 1992, she spent her time visiting, traveling with, and caring for her family. She enjoyed crocheting, playing games, riding her bike, keeping up with her friends, but most of all just being surrounded by family. As a result of her kindness and love for people, she never met a stranger. The running theme in her life was laughter. She will always be remembered for her zest for life and a smile that showed even in her beautiful blue eyes. She was intentional and had a way of making one feel as though they were the most important person in the world.
The legacy she leaves is an encouragement to each of us, to always be kind, love people well, not take life too seriously, and most importantly foster a daily relationship with Jesus Christ; so that we can join her in Heaven one day.

The family will receive friends at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 26.2022 at Connect Church Clearwater (Clearwater First Assembly of God). A Funeral service will be he held at 3:00 PM. Pastor Ken Hope will be officiating. Burial will follow in Largo Municipal Cemetery.


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