Mrs. Edith Mae Brown

May 31, 1921 ~ May 29, 2021 (age 99)



     Mother Edith Mae Brown, 99, of West Chester, PA, went home to be with the Lord on May 29, 2021. She was orphaned at a very early age, surviving the atrocities of life to grow into a loving, kind and humble person blessed with a gift to love all who could not care for themselves. With a 4th grade education, she quickly learned from the proverbial phrase that “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” As a result, she grew to see the positive outlook in every situation and “I won’t complain” became her mantra under which she took refuge.

Her acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior took this practice much further and resulted in a life-long commitment to God’s Word as she sought to grow in His grace leading and helping those who were hungry, thirsty, sick and without shelter (Matthew 25:25-35).

    Peacefully, the chapters of Mother Brown’s life were closed on Saturday, May 29, 2021, between 6 and 10AM, as she slept (two days before her 100thbirthday) and the Lord granted her eternal rest. Her memory, love and spirit will remain in the saddened but peaceful hearts of her family, friends and church. She is preceded by her husband of 40 years, William C. Brown, and lovingly mourned by her daughter and caregiver, Cecelia F. Cotton; granddaughter, Anita M. Cotton; grandson, Isaiah N. Cotton; stepdaughters, Joyce Allen and Janice Ferguson; stepsons, Bernard Brown, William Brown and Michael Brown (deceased), and a host of other grands, nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Mother Brown was a member of First Church of Newport News (Baptist) for over 50 years, and served as Church Sexton, Chairperson for Feed the Hungry Outreach Ministry, member of the Gleaner’s Ministry, Leader for the Lydia Rebecca Circle, A. A. Galvin Missionary Ministry, and coordinator for church funeral repasts and the Annual A. A. Galvin Missionary Mother’s Day Prayer Breakfasts.


Viewing for Mrs. Brown will be held from noon until 4:00p.m. Sunday, June 6, 2021at C.C.Carter Funeral Home, Inc. 


A Graveside service for Mrs. Brown will be held 11:00am Monday, June 7, 2021 at Greenlawn Memorial Park, by Pastor Rodney Johnson


It is the desire of the Brown - Cotton family that you would keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


The family of Mrs. Edith Brown has entrusted her final care to the staff of C.C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.


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June 6, 2021

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
C.C. Carter Funeral Home
3314 Roanoke Ave
Newport News, VA 23607

Graveside Service
June 7, 2021

11:00 AM
Greenlawn Memorial Park
2700 Parish Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607

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