Jeanette L. Brown - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

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.


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24 Condolences for Jeanette L. Brown

  • Mrs Brown will truly be missed. She was more like a second mother to me growing up. I will hold dear to my heart the many talks and hugs and meals we had together ❤️ 💖 ♥️

  • To Uncle Eugene and family-the sound of Aunt Louise’s laughter is what we will miss the most. She was always so happy and loved the family gatherings at home. Cooked food was a given as well as fresh bread and football. With her voice now taken we will hear her forever in our hearts. “Well Done” – I’m sure God is pleased. Love you!

  • I’m so thankful & honored to have met, & interacted with “Mom” Janette Brown… Her kindness, and sweet genuine concern for others was simply priceless… So knowledgeable, and always willing to share her wisdom with all that knew and loved her…. She was a true Matriarch !!! She was one of a kind… If you were privileged to have met her, it would be like seeing the Hope Diamond in person (Beautiful, Valuable, & Very Rare…. “Mom” Janette Brown, thank you for opening your arms to me… You will always remain in my heart… Loving you always !!!

  • In your time of sorrow, I’d like to extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Although I did not know your mother from reading her obituary your Mom’s amazing qualities are being carried on beautifully by you. She will be greatly missed and always remembered.

  • Prayers and condolences 💐 for the family during this time.
    -The Chandlers

  • Hugs!

  • Colin: I wish you and your family. Peace of mind and your mother is resting in peace.

  • Tracy you have my condolences I’m sorry for the loss of your mom I know it won’t be easy but it will get better you have my blessings

  • So sorry for your loss

  • I know there are no words or deeds that can help heal a broken heart because the love you shared was far too great and is felt so deeply.

    Miss Jeanette was such a beautiful person in her heart and spirit. Now she is free to soar unencumbered by any physical trappings. She will be greatly missed by those who had the fortune to know her.

    Take care of each other and my deepest condolences to you all.

    Kathy Johnson-Friendly & Family

  • Tracey and Family, words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you all. My prayers of comfort is sent to you all. Your mom will be missed.🌹🙏🏼

  • To the Brown family my deepest condolences. May God give you comfort and peace during these trying times. My love and prayers go out to you all. Mrs. Brown will truly be missed. Love you so

  • All my condolences to the family
    May Allah grant her the highest paradise
    May her soul rest in peace.Amen!!!!

  • My condolences go out brownandstarnes family.may peace be with you all.always in mind and
    Toni augustus

  • Mrs. Brown will be missed by all who knew her. She was a second mom to a lot of us. I loved her smile. I have many fond memories of Mrs. Brown. Rest well love you Mrs. Brown🥺❤️❤️

  • Tracey My Sister I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure to meet your Mom and we laughed. Your Mother was an amazing woman, A strong woman a accomplished woman. You have a lot of your mothers traits that will always be apart of you. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • I’m truly sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Mrs. Brown will be missed. I always looked forward to seeing her. Such a wonderful woman.

  • My sincere condolences and heartfelt prayers goes out to Lorraine and the entire family I 🙏🏽 God will provide some sort of strength & comfort during this difficult time

  • Tracey,
    My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time and you are in my prayers.

  • We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family. This is a difficult time for all of us. She was special to us all and we will keep her in our heart.❤️

    Love Dudridge (Bill) and Pat

  • Sending my deepest condolences. Praying for strength and healing for your family. With much love, the Jarvis Family

  • Aunt Louise will be dearly missed by my family . Her home was our home away from home. She was like a mother to us. Her memory will be forever in our hearts.❤️

  • My sincere condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to your entire family. I pray that God will strengthen & comfort you during this difficult time.

  • My deepest sympathy for our lost. My prayers are with you all.