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Shelia M Brown

March 30, 1939 ~ December 25, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Shelia Brown Obituary

Shelia Mercedes Brown, born on March 30, 1939, in Colon, Panama, passed away on her favorite holiday, Christmas, on December 25, 2023. Her journey began at the age of 10 when she moved from Panama to the United States, moving afar from her beloved grandmother, Francella White (Masa) and family to the United States, where she crafted a life marked by love, family, and dedicated service.


Shelia's early years were shaped by the love and guidance of her mother, Marian Dawkins, and her father, Robert Dawkins. Together, they provided the foundation of support that helped shape the compassionate woman Shelia would become.


In the early stages of her career, Shelia served as a bilingual translator for the courts of Newark and Rutgers Law School. Her linguistic skills and dedication to facilitating communication bridged gaps in understanding, earning her respect and admiration in the legal community. Shelia also served as first Den Mother for Boys Cubs Scouts of America in Newark, NJ. 


On November 23, 1957, Shelia married John Paul Brown, and together they created a family filled with warmth and joy. Shelia was the devoted mother of five children: Mario Brown, Lance Brown, John Brown, Monique Robinson-Brown, and Tracy Brown. The family circle extended to include her niece, Tarita Dawkins, whom Shelia embraced as her own.


Tragically, Shelia experienced the loss of her husband John Paul Brown, mother Mariam Dawkins and father Robert Dawkins siblings, Tamar Dawkins and Mario Dawkins, and her beloved sons, Mario Brown and Lance Brown. Their memories will forever linger as a testament to the strength and resilience that defined Shelia's life. Survived by her only living sister, Candida Dawkins. 


Shelia dedicated 25 years of her professional life as a bilingual technician at the Newark Housing Authority. Her work extended beyond the office, as she became a cherished friend, aunt, and grandmother to many in the community. Shelia's passion for giving back and helping others, evident from her early career to her later community service, left a significant mark on the lives she touched.


In addition to her immediate family, Shelia leaves behind a legacy of love that spans generations, including a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her generosity, kindness, and unwavering dedication to family and community will be remembered as enduring pillars of her remarkable life.


As we bid farewell to Shelia Mercedes Brown, let us celebrate the rich tapestry of a life well-lived, marked by love, service, and the enduring bonds that connect us all.


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January 2, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Blessed Sacrament St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
19 Van Ness Pl
Newark, NJ 07108

Funeral Mass
January 2, 2024

11:00 AM
Blessed Sacrament St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
19 Van Ness Pl
Newark, NJ 07108

Interment following funeral service
January 2, 2024

Fairmount Cemetery
620 Central Ave.
Newark, NJ 07017


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