AUGUSTA, Ga. - Miss Ella Brown, 90, died at Heartland Hospice in Augusta on April 3. Ella was born in Leesville, S.C., the daughter of the Reverend James Harper Brown and Grace Sullivan Brown. She was educated at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. and Scarritt College in Nashville, Tenn. She was employed by the Methodist Conference at various locations in South Carolina and was a former church secretary at Burns Memorial United Methodist Church and St. Mark United Methodist Church. She was a former floor secretary at University Hospital, worked for Eldercare and, through a Senior Program, at Gracewood State School and Hospital. For a number of years she took care of her great-nephew, Jack Levenson, and was employed as a companion to the elderly in the Washington, D.C. area. She returned to Augusta 21 years ago and lived at St. John Towers. A devout Christian, she was a long-time member of St. James United Methodist Church where she took part in many activities. She recently joined St. John United Methodist Church. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, Church Women United, and other Christian organizations. In 2007 she was chosen to be Miss St. John Towers. She was an ardent participant in varied organizations at St. John Towers, was a member of The Cut-Ups, and sang with The Singing Saints for many years. She will be remembered for her positive attitude, her many jokes, and her ability to recite lengthy, off-beat poems from memory. Ella was affectionately called Bunnie by her family, who often speak of her Christian principles and her unshakable faith in God and Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Estes of Lincolnton; her brother-in-law, Charles Estes; her nieces: Connie Brown, Reston, VA; Priscilla Estes, Yardley, PA; Susan Johnson, Fairmont, NC; Elizabeth Hayward, Yonkers, NY; her nephew Charlie Estes, Marlboro, MA; great nephews: Jason Johnson, Marion, SC; and Ben Estes, Marlboro, MA; her great-nieces: Maggie Estes, Fiesole, Italy and Isabel Estes, Marlboro, MA; and her beloved great-nephew Jack Levenson of Herndon, VA. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at St. John Towers on Monday, April 13, 2009, at 3 p.m. The family requests no flowers. Memorial gifts may be made to the Entertainment Fund, St. John Towers, 724 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901. You may sign the family's online guestbook at: www.rees-funeralhome.com . Rees Funeral Home, 195 Peachtree Street, Lincolnton, Georgia is in charge of arrangements 706-359-3222. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Apr. 12, 2009