Cozette Dandridge, 57, ‘wonderful wife'

Posted: June 21, 2012

COZETTE D. Dandridge was the kind of woman who put everybody else's needs ahead of her own.

She saw that approach as expressing the obvious purpose of life for a family matriarch. Her husband of 27 years, Gary, had the best single word for the way she conducted her life: "Wonderful."

"She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother," he said. "She was very private, but very loving. She always took care of everybody."

Cozette Dandridge, who worked in food preparation for Red Lobster restaurants and in housekeeping at the University of Pennsylvania, died of cancer June 13. She was 57 and lived in West Philadelphia.

Gary recalled that when he first saw Cozette at a party back in the early '80s, he knew she was the woman for him. And, apparently, she felt the same. They were married on Oct. 19, 1985, her birthday.

Cozette was born in Philadelphia to Louis Demby and Delores Carter. She graduated from Dobbins Technical High School in 1974, and did clerical work at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange for a time. Since she focused on restaurant practice at Dobbins, the Red Lobster job was a natural. After a few years there, she moved on toPenn, where she worked in housekeeping until she became ill. Her husband worked at Penn for 33 years in facilities management.

Cozette was an active member of Community of Grace Fellowship Church in Collingdale, where she worked with the children, a special interest of hers.

Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons, Tairik, Gary and Zakee; two daughters, Rashida Dyches and Naimah Dandridge; four sisters, Sharon, Tonya, Yvette and Nina; three brothers, Joseph Peters, Henry Townes and Malcolm Townes; her mother, who is now Delores Warner, and 11 grandchildren.

Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sharon Baptist Church, 3955 Conshohocken Ave. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery. n

Contact John F. Morrison at 215-854-5573 or morrisj@phillynews.com, or on Twitter @johnfmorrison.

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