Marcella Flora Brown
Birth Date: September 16, 1930
Death Date: July 24, 2017
Marcella “Marcie” Brown, 86, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 24, 2017, in Fairfield, California. She was the matriarch of six children (Dennis Brown, Eileen Susan Knapp, Patricia Brown, Linda Brown Johnson, Brian Brown, and Alicia Brown) and six grandchildren (Jordan Brown, Deneva Ferdinand, Harrison Brown, Julia Brown, Zackary Crosley, and Gabrielle Crosley) and three great grandchildren (Sarah Brown, Nicholas and Lydia Ferdinand). She was very proud of her children and grandchildren and enjoyed hearing about their accomplishments. Loving Aunt to Teresia Petty, Donald Stader, Anne Sonkoly, Lisa Carico, Stephanie Macuch, Debbie Brown, and Leslie Strohm. Marcella was born September 16, 1930 (during The Great Depression which had a major impact to her life), in French Camp, California to Carl and Flora Stader. Along with her older brother Donald and her younger sister Rita Williams (both deceased now). She attended St. Mary’s High School in Stockton and to this day kept in touch with a number of her classmates. She met Harold “Hal” Brown at the Stockton Fairgrounds and they married February 10th, 1951. Living in Oakland, California all of her married life, she was active in the Junior Women’s League and was an active Block Parent for the neighborhood. As a married couple with young children, they took up boating and joined the Hobo’s (a family boating organization). Later, they became very active in the Oakland Power Squadron and were members of the Point San Pablo Yacht Club. Boating became their hobby and family enjoyment. Unfortunately, she lost the love of her life, Hal to mesothelioma on February 28, 1986 so spent her remaining days on her own. She lived at Crow Canyon Country Club for 20 years and enjoyed participating on the Social Club. She has gone through two bouts of breast cancer and suffered from congenital heart failure. Luckily for her, her daughter Susan and her husband Raymond, opened their home to her. She lived with them on and off the last two years she lived in Danville, three years full time in Napa, as well as the past two years in Fairfield. She lived in some beautiful places and enjoyed the scenery, flowers, bird activity and trees. Her favorite companion in recent years was “Sophie”, a Jack Russell Terrier. Marcella will forever be alive in her family’s hearts, and in their love for each other. A celebration of her 87th Birthday and her life will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, Marcella loved trees and they can be purchased in her honor to be planted in the Lake Tahoe National Forest