Obituary of Shirley Brown
We are celebrating the epic life of our dear precious mother Shirley Blanche Elizabeth Manning Nottingham Brown, who was born to Joseph and Willa Mae Manning on January 3, 1921, in the home built by her dad at 1406 Anne Street in Norfolk, Virginia.
Shirley was the youngest of four children born to this union and grew up as a young aristocrat at a pivotal time when our country and culture was being impacted by The Great Depression.
She was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and she enjoyed traveling south to attend her Booker T. Washington High School class reunions for several years.
Early in the 1940's Shirley and her (late) husband Elmer Lorenzo Brown came to Atlantic City to work and raise a family. She worked as a waitress in several hotel restaurants within the resort, the Atlantic City Race Course, and lastly Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.
"Mother Brown" as she was affectionately called loved the Lord Jesus Christ and served Him faithfully as a member of Hamilton Memorial United Methodist Church for several years. In the early 1980's she became one of the founding members of United Body of Christ Ministries (The Love Center Church) where she loved, mentored, and mothered many young women, men and children.
Shirley was truly a virtuous woman, full of skill and godly wisdom. Shirley was gifted in myriad abilities: an accomplished seamstress, a talented artist of watercolors, an avid crocheter, an excellent cook and she truly enjoyed gardening.
To know our Mother was to LOVE her as she walked in love daily demonstrating the true love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; as her children rise up and call her blessed (Proverbs 31: 28)
Our Mother loved fashion and the joyful pleasure of shopping. She was a very classy dresser! Mother could light up a room with her grace, wit, and humor. She could tell you things you had long forgotten and her very keen and blessed memory spanned several decades.
Mother leaves to mourn her family and close friends. Her loving children, Nia N. (June) Alimayu of Boston, Mass. Judy O. Brown of Atlantic City, Sandra R. Brown of Atlantic City, Christine A. Young (Wong) of Galloway, N.J., and Marguerite Gillette of Chester, Pa.
Her precious grandchildren are Ayanna Alimayu, Jeffrey J. Brown Sr. (Lindy), Angela Nottingham, Ishmael Brown, Takara Young, Isaiah Young, Robert Martin, Kai Martin, Tamara Young, Justin Brown, Toria Young, John Gillette (Ann), Gerald Jalil Gillette, and Hillary Davis.
Great grandchildren, Christian Alimayu, Joshua Alimayu, Tameka Brown, Marcus Lorenzo Alimayu, Jeffrey Brown Jr. Zachariah Brown, Cree Elizabeth Brown and Aaliyah Alimayu. Her cousin Alberta Hatcher of Newport News, Va., niece Annette Berry and great nieces Shelly and Tenina Berry of Albany, NY.
A special daughter and caregiver Rondell Showell, special niece and caregiver Janice Dukes, godson Marven F. Hill, goddaughter Briggitte D. White, dear sister and great friend Joan M. Brown, and special cousin Max G. Brown both of Philadelphia, Pa.
Mother will be sadly missed by a great host of friends and extended family members in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, Georgia and California, as well as her best friends Catherine Lowe, Jean Bailey, Bertie Harriell, Brenda Kellam, Wilma Badgely, Dorothy Gordon, and her childhood friend Evelyn Townsend of Newport News, Va.
A Memorial service will be Noon, Saturday, November 25, 2017, The Love Center Church, 2006 East Riverside Drive in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.