Effective 9 pm Saturday, March 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, had mandated by executive order #107 that all New Jersey residents shall remain home or in their place of residence unless they are obtaining essential goods or services from businesses or government agencies. All gatherings of individuals, such as funeral services, parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled.
These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice from the state governor. Due to the current restrictions, there will not be a funeral service for Margaret A. Brown.
The family is grateful, and would like to extend their sincere thanks, for all the support and condolences from friends and the community in their time of mourning.
Margaret Ann Madison Brown, 87, of Manchester, NJ peacefully entered eternal rest on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Margaret was born on February 5, 1933 in Long Branch, NJ to the late Alexander Madison and Madeline Victoria Reevey Madison.
Margaret graduated from Red Bank High School, Red Bank, NJ. She attended Brookdale Community College, NJ and received her certificate in computer programming. She retired from Red Bank Regional High School system after 30 years employment.
Margaret was a current faithful member of Hope Cathedral Church in Jackson, NJ. She was a member of the Altar Ministry, the Greeter Ministry and the Information Ministry. Prior to joining Hope Cathedral Church, she was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church. Margaret was a member of the Gospel Choir, President of Missionary, member of Flower Club, Sunday school teacher, and Chairperson of the church’s 100-year anniversary. She was a member of the Seacoast Mass Choir and was secretary of junior Seacoast as a child.
Margaret was a very active person in her community and well respected by all. She was a former volunteer at Lunch Break, Red Bank, Volunteered at Riverview Hospital, President of River Street School PTA, Cub Scout Den Mother, former member of Raritan Twins Mother Club, Life Member National Council of Negro Women, national member of Christian Women, Red Bank Senior Women’s Club, Red Bank Senior Board, and was an active member of Helping Hands in Manchester, NJ.
She was loved by all and she loved to sing and hum throughout the day. Her faith, children and family were what Margaret lived for. The gentleness of her spirit, the beauty of her smile will always be remembered and loved by all.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, Laurie Brown; and brother, Alexander Madison. She is survived to cherish her memory 2 loving sons, Larry Laurie Brown (Karen), and Wayne Alexander Brown (Lisa); loving daughter, Wanda Iris Brown; 4 loving grandchildren, Christopher Alexander Brown (Julienne), Jared Lawrence Brown, Courtney Symone Brown (Erik), and Adrienne Simpson; 2 great grandchildren, Samantha Brewer and Matai Grier; and loving sister, Elva Esther Madison Duncan.
Hold fast to dreams
for if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow
by Langston Hughes
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