Marcella Ann Brown

June 23, 1932November 22, 2021

Marcella Ann Wright's grand entrance into this world was on June 23, 1932 in the city of Portsmouth, Ohio, to the parents of William Wright and Violet Daisy McManes. Msrcella was the third of seven children. When she was 4 years old, the Ohio River caused a devastating flood which struck her birthplace, severely damaging the family home. The parents decided to move to the small town of Wheelersburg, Ohio which is just up the river a few miles from her birthplace, but at a higher elevation, which is known as Dogwood Ridge. When Marcella was 14 years of age, her mother gave birth to a 7th child. Ten days later, her mother died. Marcella's dad withdrew her from school to take care of her siblings. On August 21, 1953, she married Jim Brown, whom she met at church in Lakewood, Ohio. That's also where they were married. During Marcella's professional years, outside the home, she was employed by the credit bureau, and that led to her becoming an accountant for two car dealerships. Later, she was employed by a retirement home for Methodist women missionaries. The manager recognized her talents and suggested she study to be an administrator for retirement and healthcare facilities. She took classes by correspondence and passed with flying colors. Not really much of a surprise to her husband. Over the years, Marcella presented Jim with three wonderful and talented children: Dale, Beverly, and William. William died at the age of 41, one month after his parent's 50th wedding anniversary. The children always took top priority in Marcella's life. At no time were they ever left with a paid babysitter. Work schedules were arranged so that Mom or Dad were always home with the children. Marcella and Jim have nine adult grandchildren: Rachel, Andrew, Emily, Layli, Brandon, Hanna, Sara, Ryan and Mary. There are also five great grandchildren: Nova, Will, Tennessee, Abigail, and Liam. During the 31 years at Pasadena 1st Church of the Nazarene Church, Marcella spent a number of years as the supervisor of the three year olds, and there were about 60 of them on any given Sunday morning. Doll collecting became a fascinating past time for Marcella, and she managed to garner quite a collection. "G.G." as the great grandchildren called her, gave many, many dolls to her great granddaughters. In addition to her fascination with dolls, she loved to crochet and knit. Over the years, she made many Afghans and sweaters for the grand kids, as well as for her hubby. In 1991, Marcella accompanied her hubby to the Netherlands. At the conclusion of a Sunday worship service, Marcella chose to sit on a pew along the wall. Before she knew it, two Dutch children climbed up onto her lap, saying "Oma! Oma!". They were convinced that Marcella was their grandmother, and when their parents told them to come home, they refused to go with their parents, being convinced that this lady was their Oma. It took some tall persuasion by the parents to finally get them to go home with them. Marcella and Jim were married 68 years and three months. We miss Mom, Grandma, G.G., and my sweetheart.


  • Jim Brown, Spouse
  • Dale Brown, Son
  • Beverly Almen, Daughter
  • William Brown, Son (deceased)


11 December

Celebration of Life Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Church of the Nazarene

14636 N. Del Webb Blvd
Sun City, AZ


Marcella Ann Brown

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Rosanne Els Bolerjack

November 29, 2021

Some of my very first memories include Marcy and/or Marcy and Jim and their family. I remember being at the Browns house on a Sunday afternoon when I was about 4 years old. The boys had sock monkeys, and I thought they were the most wonderful things to play with! I remember being sad when our family moved away from California to New Mexico; I loved Marcy so much!!! I remember vividly when Marcy and Jim and the kids came to visit us in Dover, Oklahoma - it was the hottest week of the entire summer that year! Our parsonage had no air conditioner, so we took blankets and pillows to the Dover Church of the Nazarene and slept on the floor in the air conditioned sanctuary! When I returned for a visit to California in my early 20's, Marcy and Jim let me eat all the avocados I wanted from their backyard tree. They treated me like royalty those two days and nights. They showed me home movies I'd never seen from their visit to Dover, all those years before. I fell in the floor at the sight of our precious Indian foster sister, Edna Jo, who was right in the middle of those home movies. What wonderful memories I have of our precious friends, the Browns. I can only imagine the heavenly reunion that our Mom, Louise Els, is having with Marcella Brown!