McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel

7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte, NC


Marta Jo Riddle Brown

November 22, 1943July 31, 2019

On July 31, Marta Jo Riddle Brown was welcomed into God’s heavenly home. Throughout her three year battle with cancer, she fought like a warrior.

Marta will continue to be treasured by her husband of 51 years, Bob, two children Jeff and Jen, their spouses, Danielle and Corey, along with five grandchildren, Chloe, Grayson, Zoë, Xander and Vin, who lovingly called her Nana. Marta was preceded in death by her son, Robert Stuart Brown, Jr., whose life she honored with 21 years of volunteer work for the International SIDS foundation.

In 2006, Marta retired from 31 years of teaching. She shared her love of literature and theatre with middle and high school students in Cocoa Beach, FL, Hendersonville, NC and Charlotte, NC. Marta’s passion for seeing her students perform took her to Theatre Conferences and Performing Arts Festivals where she received numerous accolades for acting, sets, costumes and directing. She also served as Sponsor for the NC Junior Beta Club for over 11 years.

After retiring, she devoted time to building a program and nurturing a love of the arts, for both adults and students, through her volunteer work at Mint Hill Arts. She also volunteered as an usher through Blumenthal Performing Arts and loved being able to enjoy Broadway shows.

Marta and her husband Bob are active members at Blair Road United Methodist church, where they have attended over 30 years. Their Genesis Sunday school group meant so much to her.

Marta’s selfless nature made her treasured by both friends and family. She cherished each of her friendships bringing joy, laughter, and shenanigans, to outings and trips.

Traveling, cooking, entertaining, and spending time with her family were what Marta enjoyed the most. Fall trips to Hawaii with Bob became a yearly tradition they enjoyed.

A Celebration of Marta’s Life will occur Friday, August 16 at Blair Road United Methodist Church in Mint Hill. The service will occur at 3:00 pm, preceded by a Friends and Family Gathering at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Candle/SIDS Alliance at www.firstcandle.org

Condolences may be offered online at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com.


  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, August 16, 2019


Marta Jo Riddle Brown

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Sylvia Saunders

August 10, 2019

Marta was an ADK sister. She was one of the nicest, sweetest people I have ever met. I have missed our sisters since our chapter disbanded a few years ago. I so enjoyed Marta's post about the trips to Hawaii she and Bob took. I know it was her happy place.
Prayers for the family as they deal with her absence as I know how much she will be missed. She brought so much joy to others. God Bless

Dr. Carrie Chmielewicz

August 7, 2019

Marta was one of my most beloved patients. She always had a smile on her face and loved to tell me stories of her children and grandchildren. Even after I moved away, we still kept in touch and when I was visiting NC in 2016, we met for lunch and had a wonderful time catching up. Marta was one of the most positive and generous people that I had the pleasure of knowing. May you rest in peace, sweet angel, Marta. You were loved and will be greatly missed by your friends and family.

Karen Ostrea

August 6, 2019

I really don’t have just one particular memory of Marta but I worked at South Charlotte Middle School with her and then again at Robinson Middle School with her so I have many, many, wonderful memories of her over the years. She was one of the most positive, energetic people I’ve ever known and literally always made me laugh every single day. She had a light inside that always shown through to everyone she met and I always looked forward to hearing one of her funny stories-what a joy she was! I will always have nothing but sweet memories of Marta and every time I think of her I’ll smile! God bless your family as you move forward and I know you’ll look forward to reuniting with her in Heaven someday....with much love and prayers for strength and comfort....