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Frances Mae Brown
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Frances Mae Brown was born on December 22, 1934 in Panola Alabama. She was the third child born to her beloved parents, Harvey and Queen Ester Gholston.
Being the youngest child, she was given the nickname of “Baby Sister” by her parents and it was shortened to “Sister” by all other family members.
Sister was educated in Panola Alabama attending Salem Elementary School and then graduating from North Sumter High School.
Working in the cotton fields was a way of life down in Panola. However, Sister managed to avoid her duties in most cases by faking sick. She would tie a pillow case around her head pretending to have a bad headache. She would go and sit in one particular spot in the house each time she faked this illness. Sister’s father fell for her tricks each time. He’d pet her and tell her she didn’t have to go to the fields. This in turn would put extra duties on both her brother Jimmy and sister Leonia. They were not happy campers.
On July 13, 1956, Sister wed the love of her life, Earskine “Zeak” Brown. They had two handsome sons, Claude Thomas and Larry Gholston. Claude and Larry gave them a bundle of grandchildren, great- grandchildren and a great- great grandchild which sister loved all of them so dearly.
As Zeak was in the military, they resided in several cities which included New York City, New Jersey and Chicago. In 1969, they decided to explore new territories and moved to Denver, Colorado.
Sister was a very special lady, she was friendly to everyone. She enjoyed cooking and you could always come over and get a delicious home cooked meal. Sister and Zeak’s home was always open for visitors as well as anyone that was relocating to Denver.
Sister loved sports. She was a true Dallas Cowboys fan and Los Angeles Lakers fan. She enjoyed playing cards and going fishing with Zeak.
Sister had strong work ethics; she worked at Saks Fifth Ave. as a retail sales clerk. She absolutely loved this job. We believe that by working there, it complimented her “Classy Style”. In addition, she worked at Spiegel Department store, and retired from Fitzsimmons Medical Center as a Sterile Supply Technician in Denver, CO.
As a child, she became grounded in her spiritual beliefs attending Salem A.M.E. Zion in Panola, Alabama. In Denver, Sister was a member of Shorter A.M.E. Community Church where she served on the Senior Usher Board.
On September 24, 2017, Sister was called to rest by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sister was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Queen Ester Gholston, her son Claude Thomas and her brother Jimmy Gholston.
She leaves to treasure her precious memories her husband, Earskine Brown of 61 years, son Larry Gholston (Jacqueline), sister Leonia Brown all of Denver, two sisters in-law, Inez Newton (Denver, CO) and Carrie Gholston (Panola, AL); three relatives whom were like her own children, Ivy Newton-Black, Frederick Gholston and Howard Thomas. Additionally, she leaves a host of other family members and friends.
And God said, Well Done My Faithful Servant.


A Precious Jewel From Us Is Gone
A voice we loved is still
A place is vacant in our hearts
That never can be filled
Safe in the arms of Jesus
Safe on His gentle breast
There by His love over shadowed
Sweetly her soul shall rest


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Visitation

Monday

2

Oct

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Caldwell-Kirk Funeral & Cremation Services

2101 N. Marion Street
Denver, CO 80205

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Tuesday

3

Oct

11:00 AM
Shorter Community AME Church

3100 Richard Allen Ct.
Denver, CO 80205

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