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Mother Annie L. “Evelyn” Brown
November 17, 2023
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Mother Annie L. “Evelyn” Brown of Colonial Beach, Virginia departed this life on Friday, November 17 in New Jersey.
Annie Laura Brown, affectionately known as “Evelyn” was born June 17th, 1937, to the late George & Annie Brown of Colonial Beach, Virginia. Sister Dorothy Mae, and brother George Lee (deceased).
Evelyn received her education in the Westmoreland County, VA public school system. While in her youth, Evelyn followed in her parent’s footsteps and became a member of First Baptist Church of Colonial Beach, Va. Her father George Brown, Jr. served as Chairman and deacon for over 50 years, her mother was also a member of the Usher’s Board.
Evelyn met and was united in holy matrimony to Henry Brown of King George County, Va. and from this union produced three children: Sylvester “Linwood”, Kathy (Woodrow), and Sandra (James). Later in her life, she was blessed with another son, Neil, the apple of her eye who preceded her in death.
In pursuit of providing a better life for her family, Evelyn relocated to Philadelphia where Dorothy Mae resided. She enrolled into the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) where she received her certification as a computer keypunch operator. She also attended the Lyons Technical Institute of Research as a Dentist Technician.
In the year 1969, Evelyn purchased her home at 620 S. 57th Street in West Philadelphia. She returned to Colonial Beach and brought her children to their new home.
Her home was the site of many family gatherings. She was a wonderful mother, Mom Mom and great-grandmother. She helped raise her grandchildren, Keisha, Daxx and Brittany. Her home was open to several foster children, who had no home or family members willing to care for them. Many of these children remained in close contact with her into their adulthood. She later returned to Virginia to care for her ailing father until his passing.
Evelyn enjoyed traveling back and forth to Philadelphia and New Jersey visiting her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved bringing her great nephews and niece: PJ, Devon, Deion and Jasmine Williams to visit the family. A fantastic home chef, she always prepared the most delicious menu.
With her health challenges, she was moved into a nursing facility in Fredericksburg and then later one closer to her daughters in New Jersey. On November 16th, 2023, God saw it fit to call her home to be with him.
Left to celebrate her life are her three children, Sylvester “Linwood”, Kathy, and Sandra; one niece, Vanessa Patterson of Fredericksburg, VA; one nephew, Victor Wiliams, Jr. of King George, VA; three grand-children; four great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.
A Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, December 2 at 11AM in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church, 619 Jackson Street, Colonial Beach, Virginia.
Viewing will be on Saturday, December 2 from 10AM until service time at First Baptist Church.