Marcellus Brown

August 22, 1937 ~ September 22, 2019 (age 82)





Marcellus Emory Brown

August 22, 1937 – September 22, 2019


I lived

I loved &

I was loved

Marcellus Emory Brown was born August 22, 1937 in Dallas, Texas to Cecil and Helen C. Emory.  Marcellus confessed her love for Christ at the early age of 12 and was baptized at Salem Institutional Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. The traits of her youth became the foundation that she built upon throughout her entire life. She received her formal education in Dallas, where she attended Frederick Douglass Elementary School and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, class of 1956. Marcellus continued her commitment to learning by attending Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

While on summer family vacation in Los Angeles, California, Marcellus met the love of her life, Louis T. Brown. They were joined in holy matrimony on March 27, 1964. Together they raised two sons, Gregory C. Hall and Louis Christopher Brown. Later, they cared for their great-great twin, infant nieces, Earnisha and Arnisha Clay.  After the passing of her husband in 2003, Marcellus continued to play a significant role in the lives of the girls into adulthood. Her parenting also extended to her grandson, Andre’ C. Brown. To him, Marcellus was a doting grandmother who was extremely proud of his every accomplishment, and she relished the time the two spent together.

To all, Marcellus was her mother’s daughter – an organizer, protector, fighter and lover of holidays.  To her siblings, she had an irreplaceable role of filling their hearts with joy. She loved all of her nieces and nephews and adored them as if they were her own.

Marcellus was always ambitious and like her mother, had an entrepreneurial spirit.  After over twenty-five years of employment with the U.S. Forestry Service, she retired in 1994. It was then that she was able to devote her energy and her passion, full-time, to organizing and operating an arts and crafts company lovingly named, Angel Face, which produced an array of angels and holiday décor. Marcellus loved what her gifted hands created and continued working until it was no longer possible.  Her home, particularly for holidays, was adorned with beautiful black art artifacts.

In the early 1960’s when Marcellus moved with her late husband to his hometown of Portland, Oregon, she joined the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and remained a faithful and steadfast member until her transition.  She was an outstanding Christian woman and an ever-flowing vessel of love. Her legacy of love and service lives on in the hearts and through the service of those whose lives she touched. As a loving wife, daughter, mother, sister, aunt and friend, she developed friendships that will last long beyond HER LIFE.

Marcellus was preceded in death by her father, Cecil Emory; mother, Helen Williams Emory; husband, Louis T. Brown; sisters, Maxine Emory, Charles Etta Coleman, Gloria Jean Brown; brother, Cecil Maurice Emory; niece, Joan Theresa Hall; nephews, Marcellus Brown and Cecil Hurd.

Marcellus leaves to cherish her memory, her sons, Gregory Hall(Agnes) and Chris Brown(Tracey) of Portland, OR; sister, Helen Marie Hurd of Dallas, TX; grandson, Andre’ Brown of Portland, OR and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Her DALLAS CREW remembers her as adventurous, fun and tireless.

Her PORTLAND CREW remembers, her as caring and generous.

We will remember Marcellus fondly, as she is now with the “HEAVENLY CREW”!

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Public Viewing
October 3, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Terry Family Funeral Home

Funeral Service
October 4, 2019

11:00 AM
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
3725 N. Gantenbein Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Graveside Service
October 4, 2019

1:30 PM
Willamette National Cemetery
11800 Mt. Scott Blvd
Portland, OR 97086

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