Mable Princella Brown
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Mable Princella Brown passed away on Sept. 26, 2019 in Greenville at the age of 101.
Funeral service will be Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at 1 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. John Richardson officiating. Burial will be at Memoryland Memorial Park. Visitation is today from 12-6 p.m. at Cozine and Tarver Funeral Home.
Mable was born on Jan. 29, 1918 to Pink Allen Finnie and Lula Mayfield Finnie, the 11th of 13 children. She reunited with her parents, siblings, children and grandchildren on Sept. 26 after a long, fruitful life.
She married Raymond Lindsey Liston Brown of Okmulgee, Oklahoma on Aug. 5, 1934. Their union produced 13 children: Billy George Brown, Lula Maxine Madkins, Raymond Brown, Jr. (deceased), Oliver Clifton Brown, Phillip Morris Brown, Leon Hawthorne Brown (deceased), Clara Jackson Finch (Charles Timothy), Melvin Brown (Alfreda), Keith Allen Brown (deceased), Donald Wayne Brown (Linda Denise), Charles David Brown, Gerald Edward Brown (Krista) and Cheryl Mignon Brown.
Her children learned from Mable how important it was to positively impact the lives of others, especially children, as they found their life partners, became parents, chose careeres that allowed many of them to be of service to their communities and more. The children who benefitted from Mable's generous heart and loving care were many. The multi-generational family includes teachers, doctors, police officers, firemen, nurses, military veterans, computer scientists and more.
Mable's culinary abilities were legendary. She could cook anything, anywhere, for any number of people. She took great pride in the meals she prepared for others, whether as a gesture of kindness, support or part of her own working life. She saved her biggest and best, weekly feasts for her family, preparing Sunday dinners that rivaled any holiday meal always ending with each of her children's favorite desserts. The recipes she passed down are treasured as if they were gold, even if they will never be quite as good as hers. That special touch of love that she added has gone to glory with her!
In her last years, Mable took comfort in spending time with her "14th child," as she referred to her and Cheryl's dog, Ellie, greeting her outside her bedroom door with the sweetest "Good morning, baby!" before asking Cheryl (who hadn't received such a greeting!) if the puppy had eaten, telling anyone who would listen the story of how Ellie "saved" her, spending sunny afternoons together chilling on the back porch and playing tug, or just cuddling on the couch. Mother loved nothing more than having Ellie in bed with her and in her last week, asked to have Ellie up on her bed again for just a while. The excitement on both of their faces at having this last cuddle was priceless.
Dementia is an evil disease that robs a person of their memories but most horrifically of their peace of mind. Mable longed for her "babies," having forgotten that they'd grown up. Bedtime was sometimes preceded by requests to "go home." She missed her mother and father and called for them often. She frequently used her siblings' names when referring to her children or calling out to others when she needed their attention. We know that the reunion she experienced at 4:34 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 was epic, that she was met with arms wide open by her parents she hadn't seen in 60 and 70 years, by her siblings who'd all passed on more than 30 years prior, by the precious children and grandchildren whose loss she'd stoically endured in life, and by the numerous friends that she missed so much each time they'd passed.
Published on October 3, 2019


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Nursel Gurler
Oct 13, 2019
I am blessed to know such strength on this earth .
Iam blessed to listen some off her stories while we held hands.she showed me light and real love in the shortest time I shared with her
I did not know her long , yet I loved her truly
My deepest condolences to whole family and friends who new my gramma sweets (that’s what I called her)
Jerry Dennis
Oct 05, 2019
Praying for your family.
Phil McNeary
Oct 04, 2019
My sincere condolences to the Brown family, especially to my classmate Donald Brown. RIP Mrs Mable.....
Shirley Lester
Oct 04, 2019
Clara I am so sorry for your loss. What a long life and history your Mama had! My prayers are with you all at this time...
Cecelia Barr
Oct 04, 2019
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. I am so greatful to have had the opportunity to know her. Praying for you as you begin a new normal life without her physical presence.