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Eltima "Dolly" Brown
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Eltima “Dolly” Brown, daughter to Albert and Eva Lewis, was born on August 27, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. She entered the world with a fighting spirit weighing only 2lbs. She earned her name “Dolly” from the nurses at Brooklyn’s Women’s Hospital. The name was given to her because they said she was so pretty and should be placed in a box and displayed in a store window. Dolly is one of seven children; Sylvia Small, Joseph “Joe” Lewis, Ronald “Ronnie” Lewis, Roosevelt “Ray” Lewis, Michael “Mike” Lewis and Shirley Lewis.
At age 2, Dolly and her brother Joe left the United States to live in Trinidad & Tobago with her grandmother, Louisa “Feote” Pierre. During her time in Trinidad she attended a convent school where she learned to speak three languages including French. At age 11 she returned to the United States and completed her education at the Garment Trade School where she studied millinery. This is where her love for hats began. Later she moved to Queens, New York where she bought her first home and raised her family.
Dolly worked for the State of New York for 25 years, where she worked her way up as the lead wardrobe coordinator at Creedmore Mental Institution. Dolly coordinated fashion shows for mental health patients, and helped them learn life skills such as dressing themselves according to the seasons. This opportunity to serve others is where Dolly learned the acceptance of all people and demonstrated a firm belief that people should be respected and loved for who they are.
While visiting her sons in Colorado, Dolly found her extended family at Cure d’ Ars Catholic Church. These new friends and their service to their community heavily influenced her decision to relocate to Denver after retiring from Creedmore in 1989. A woman of faith, Dolly was a devout parishioner of Cure d’ Ars Catholic Church where she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of St. Peter Claver and served on the social ministry. Throughout her life she loved to travel with her close friends all around the world. This included nine cruises, and many other trips to places near and far. Dolly enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She also loved shopping and lived for finding a great deal. She was known for her stylish hats and outfits. Her family was the pride and joy of her life.
Dolly had a beautiful laugh and larger than life personality. She lived a dynamic life where she always encouraged others to live fearlessly. She would always say “Never let anything get you down! You dress up, show up, and fool the public! You just dust yourself off and keep on going.” She will be deeply loved, missed and remembered by all who knew her. Dolly passed away peacefully at home with her two surviving children by her side, rosary beads in hand while they read the 23rd Psalms.
Dolly is survived by her sister Shirley (Maxwell) Lewis, daughter Bianca O’Neil and son Pierre (Beverly) LaCaille; seven grandchildren, Shaaron (Kenneth) Barneys, Tanzania (Parrish) Jones, Qiana (Nick) Spain, Iman Williams, Rosheeka Johnson, Andre LaCaille, Gregory LaCaille; eleven great-grandchildren, Martique Johnson, Trent Barneys, Bryce Barneys, Chase Barneys, Makai Brown, Gabriella LaCaille, Tsehai Williams, Asadia Jones, Cameron LaCaille, Eve-Ayan Bell, and Deja Spain; one great-great grandson Noah Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
She was proceeded in death by her parents Albert and Eva, son Hulbert Lonsdale LaCaille, brothers Joe, Ronnie, Ray, Mike and sister Sylvia.


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Visitation

Friday

6

Oct

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Caldwell-Kirk Funeral & Cremation Services

2101 N. Marion Street
Denver, CO 80205

Service

Saturday

7

Oct

10:00 AM
Cure d'Ars Catholic Church

3201 Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80207

*Rosary Service*

Service

Saturday

7

Oct

11:00 AM
Cure d'Ars Catholic Church

3201 Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80207

Cemetery Details

Location

Fairmount Cemetery

430 S. Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80247

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