OBITUARY

Jacqueline Ellis Brown

May 8, 1938October 26, 2017
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Jacqueline Ellis Brown, affectionately called Mama J, was born on May 8, 1938 to the late Lillian P. Harris (Diamond Lil) in Elmira, NY. She ascended to her resting place on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

As a child, Jacqui learned to play the piano at the young age of 4 years old. She began playing at her grandfather’s church, Bethel A.M.E. in Madison, NJ. Jacqui continued to share her gift later in life by playing for Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. church in Columbia, MD where she was also a faithful member. Prior to going on to Glory, she was a devoted and passionate worshipper at Church of God of Prophecy in Kannapolis, NC.

Jacqui and the late Clinton Lee Brown, the love of her life, were united in holy matrimony in 1962. Together they loved and nurtured their only daughter Jocelyn while sharing a union for over 49 years. Jacqui enjoyed vacationing with her husband and friends immensely. She was an avid traveler and took great pleasure visiting various domestic and international destinations such as Dubai, Ghana, Morocco, Alaska and Bermuda.

Jacqui attended Baldwin Wallace University and later transferred to Newark State College where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Elementary education. She was the first black teacher at Central Avenue elementary school in Madison, NJ and was featured in the local newspaper for this accomplishment. Upon relocation to Columbia, MD, she began teaching at Thunder Hill Elementary in 1970. During her tenure, she was promoted to Assistant Principal and retired after many years of dedicated service.

Jacqui became a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Gamma Zeta chapter, Newark, NJ in 1959. Post-graduation, she become an active member of Beta Alpha Omega. In 1972, Jacqui took great pride in becoming one of the charter members of Iota Lambda Omega. She was a hard-working member who always demonstrated the tenets of sisterhood. Jacqui was a leader, mentor and role model for members, serving as the 3rd Chapter President; as Graduate Advisor for Lambda Phi at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and twice as Membership Chairman. Iota Lambda Omega will sorely miss one of its pearls.

Jacqui also had a great enthusiasm and devotion for working with the youth. She was a charter member of the local chapter of National Tots and Teens, Inc. This family organization’s chapter was chartered in Columbia, MD in 1973 and served to offer recreational, social and cultural development to children. She was a Team Leader, popular with all of the age groups and the parent liaison to the teen group.

Jacqui was also the founder and head cheerleader for the "Winner's Circle", a book club formed from six Moms who were members of Tots and Teens and became close friends. They read books and gathered regularly to eat lunch and discuss the book, if they had actually read it!

Beyond any doubt, Jacqui was a trailblazer. She will be fondly remembered for her warm greetings, beautiful smile, sparkling personality and complimentary words. She was preceded in death by her spouse, Clinton Lee Brown; mother, Lillian P. Harris, grandparents, Reverend James H. Ellis and spouse Phyllis; and aunt, Clementine Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Jocelyn Brown Mungro and spouse David of Concord, NC; grandsons Joshua Clinton Lee Mungro (light of her life) of Concord, NC, David Jr. and Masyn Mungro of Lenoir, NC; aunt, Thelma Sullivan of Bowie, MD; cousins, James, Phyllis, and Wendy Johnson of Bowie, MD; Linda Johnson of Madison, NJ; Charles Johnson and spouse Elaine of Kenvil, NJ; God daughter, Desta Ellis Johnson of Madison NJ, and a host of loving relatives, friends and sorority sisters.

Services

  • Service- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony, (Doors close at 5:00 pm and will reopen at ceremony conclusion)

    Friday, November 3, 2017

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, November 3, 2017

Memories

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Felicia Matthews

November 27, 2017

Words can't express how Momma J will be missed. Jocelyn- you are and will always remain a great friend/person. My thoughts and prayers will stay with you forever.

Marianne Disporto

November 3, 2017

I saw the link here on the Facebook page "You know you're from Madison" Mrs Brown was my 3rd grade teacher at Central Ave in 1962-63 school year. That must have been one of her first years teaching, and I have nothing but the best memories of her and her kindness. She was one of my favorite teachers, you were lucky to have her for a mother. My sincere sympathy to you and your family in this loss. Marianne Disporto

Candy Love-Ferguson

November 3, 2017

To the family of Mrs. Jacqueline Brown: We send our sincere and heartfelt condolences to all of you and our prayers are with you. We fondly remember Mrs. Brown at Central Avenue School. May God bring you comfort during this time of sorrow. The Love Family

Ms

November 3, 2017

To the family of Jacqueline Brown I would like to express my condolence to you may the God of comfort bring comfort to you with his right arm extended to you Isa.41:10

BARBARA & MONIQUE SMITH

November 2, 2017

TO "THE FAMILY OF MY DEAR SISTER AND AKA AUNT SOROR) YOU WILL REALLY BE MISSED, FOR THE 37 YEARS SOROR BARBARA & MONIQUE SMITH WHEN WE ARRIVED FROM INDIANA TO MARYLAND. YOUR SMILE AND LOVE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTEN.

Craig & Mona Jones

November 2, 2017

Jocelyn,
Know that our prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. We have many fond memories of your mom's precious smile. If we can be of any comfort please feel free to call

November 2, 2017

Have comfort in knowing that God is close to those who are brokenhearted. Because of God's love expressed through the ransom sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ, we can look forward to seeing our loved ones again. He keeps them all in his memory. May you find comfort, strength and hope in the Father of comfort and tender mercies.

Judy Johnson

October 31, 2017

Jacqui was involved in a big part of my life. We were best friends from the time I student taught with her until I lost contact with her a few years ago. We shared good times and seemingly bad times. We knew we could count on each other for everything. There was much love and caring between us. She will be sorely miss by all. To the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know the family was her life. I won't be able to be at the service in person, but my thoughts and love will definitely be there. May God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand.
Much love, Judy

Wykeeta Peel

October 31, 2017

Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. Rest in peace Soror Jacqui.

October 29, 2017

Jocelyn, For many years, your mom was my "road dog" as I chauffeured her and another sister to many sorority events. I will greatly miss my dear Soror. May God grant you and your family peace and comfort during this very sorrowful time.
Sabrina Dailey (ILO Chapter, Columbia, MD)

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