Queenie M. Brown 88, passed away peacefully, April 26, 2020.
Born in Louisville, GA to James Hall Sr. and Adelle Thompson Hall; number six of eleven children. Because she was a beautiful child, her family nicknamed her “Doll”, a name she pridefully carried throughout her life. She was educated in the Georgia schools. In 1951, she married childhood family friend, James. That same year they moved to Springfield, MA where they lived a prosperous life. Their union produced two beloved children, James Jr. and devoted daughter, Lynda Marie.
Queenie lived a happy and charmed life. Traveling with her husband and children south for summer vacations, New York to visit family and friends and around the U.S. She loved traveling; never missing a family reunion and also traveling abroad to the Holy Land. Her family was her pride and joy. She never missed birthday parties, children events, family trips, holidays; cooking family favorites. Always stylishly and elegantly dressed, she was also a skilled and supreme cook. She mastered everything from soul food to seafood to gourmet. Baking was one of her passions. Famous for her peach cobbler, sweet potato pie and pineapple coconut cake, which she received many, many requests for. She loved entertaining and parties; hosting dinners for her two pastors and their families. Friends would stop by on Fridays unannounced to enjoy some of her delicious fried fish. She would say, “I love cooking and feeding people”. Reading her Bible and other literature, sewing, gardening and decorating her beautiful homes were among her hobbies. A passion for exercising all of her adult life; she loved exercising with the Jack LaLanne TV show for decades. Also joining several fitness clubs.
A licensed cosmetologist for 29 years, owning her own salon (Queen’s Beauty Salon) for the last 20 years of her career. A member of her beloved Third Baptist Church, Springfield, for 66 years. She was a member of the Deaconess Board, Pastor’s Aide, Sanctuary Choir, The Marion K. Webb Missionary Society, Church Food Pantry, Willing Workers and also sang with the Freedom Choir.
She is painfully predeceased by her granddaughter Carla Marie Underwood, husbands, James Wesley Brown Sr. of 33 years and Otis Puryear of 4 years, 6 brothers and 2 sisters. Besides her 2 children and son in-law Richard, she is survived by her grandchildren, Leonard, Lynette, Alicia, Anetra, Jocelyn; great grandchildren, Kayla Nicole, Robert, Dezmond, Shyheim, Lariah, Nasir. Sisters, Nell Dawkins of Atlanta, GA, Winnie Hall of Springfield, MA, Goddaughters, Kim Arias, Vodney Wynn and a multitude of family members and friends to cherish her memory.
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