Mary Dell Brown, age 69, was born on March 10, 1948, to John and Louise Akins in Starkville, MS. A compassionate nurturer, Mary Dell was employed at Simmons Loving Care Nursing Home in Gary, IN until she retired. Mary Dell was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jessie Akins and John David Akins. She leaves to cherish her memory two children, Jacinda Washington and Antoine Brown; four siblings, Charles Akins (Geneva), Kay Sykes, Roy Akins (Sarah), and Helen Young (Jerry); and countless other grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives and friends. . Visitation, Friday December 1, 2017 from 12-8p.m. at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 West 11th Avenue. Funeral Services Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tree of Life M.B. Church, 2323 West 11th Avenue . Pastor Eric Boone Jr., Dr. Jerry Young, officiating. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park.