Jeanette L. Brown
April 11, 1940 - November 18, 2023
Mother, Wife, Mom-Mom and “Aunt Louise” to many. She will continue to live in our hearts, memories and will be with us always.
Jeanette L. Brown was born in the village of Gray’s Hill in St. John’s, Antigua in the West Indies on April 11, 1940 to the late David Samuel and Bernice Eudora Sealey. “Mom-Mom” or “Aunt Louise” as she was affectionately known by her family peacefully passed away at the age of 83 at her home surrounded by her loving husband and daughters on the evening of Saturday, November 18th, 2023.
As a young child, Jeanette attended Green Bay Primary School and Roman Catholic Secondary School in St. John’s Antigua where she completed her high school education. In 1957 she moved to London, England. The following year she married Eugene A. Brown, her loving husband of 65 years. This union was blessed with five children, Colin, Roger, the twins Sharon and Tracey, and the babe of the bunch Lorraine.
Jeanette and her family resided in London for 10 years prior to moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where they resided for 35 years. In 2004, Jeanette retired from the City of Philadelphia and relocated to Townsend, Delaware where she lived for almost 20 years until her passing.
Jeanette graduated at top of her class from Katherine Gibbs School with a degree in Business Administration. Her lifelong dream was to become a nurse, which was manifested in the way she lived, cared, and nurtured everyone. For many years she was employed by Acme Markets, the Philadelphia Board of Pensions and retired as Supervisor for the City of Philadelphia Streets Department.
As a woman deeply rooted in her faith, Jeanette was a former member of St. Raymond of Penafort Catholic Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher for many years and later became a member of Salem Baptist Church. Most recently, she attended St. Paul’s Baptist Church along with her husband, Eugene who served as an usher for many years. Jeanette loved to cook and her home was known to always have cooked food for everyone. Aunt Louise’s cooking was always a family staple. She also was an accomplished seamstress where she hand made her daughters spectacular prom gowns, Easter Sunday clothes and many other fashionable outfits that aligned with her sense of fashion and style. She was a woman of class with an impeccable sense of flair and elegance. She also passed down her passion for sewing to her daughters. She could always be found working in her garden, sewing, and especially cooking. She was a talented cook and often treated her loved ones to delicious West Indian style meals and homemade baked bread that she enjoyed making with her husband for holiday gatherings.
Jeanette enjoyed traveling as much as possible. For many years she and her husband traveled to San Diego for the Christmas Holidays to spend time with her West Coast children, London, and home to Antigua. More than anything, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mom-Mom will be greatly missed especially by her loving husband and her dedicated children who were always there to care for her especially during her final stages in life.
In addition to her parents, Jeanette was preceded in death by her sister, Elaine Imelda Baptiste; and her 1st grandson, Aaron Eugene Brown. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Eugene A. Brown; children, Colin Brown (Vanessa), Roger Brown (Valerie), Sharon Starnes (Melvin), Tracey Pirri (Joseph), and Lorraine Brown; grandchildren, Nicholas T. Scott (Gianna), Aleya Jeanette Starnes, Lilianna N. Pirri, Genelle Sweat (Daniel), Michele Fisk; and great-granddaughters, Cleodora J. Scott, Peyton & Brooklyn Sweat, Evelyn Fisk; and a host of other relatives, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors too numerous to list.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Friday, December 1, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 11 am. Inurnment will be held privately.
Any family members or friends who are unable to attend the service for Jeanette may live stream the service by clicking here.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeanette’s memory to St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 1000 Wallace Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 or online by clicking here.