ALBANY -- Ms. Ronette M. Brown, 47, of Albany died Friday, November 25, 2011 at Willson Hospice house in Albany.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Greater Second Mt. Olive Baptist Church Sports Complex, 103 Dewey Street with interment to follow in Floral Memory Garden Cemetery with Rev. Lorenzo Heard, pastor, officiating.
Ronette Massenae Brown was born in Newark, New Jersey on August 21, 1964 to Walter James Brown and the late Vera Benyard Brown. Her father was in the Air Force stationed in Dover, Delaware at the time of her birth and moved his family to Albany in January of 1965. Her mother was known to her family and friends as the "Grand Diva" of fashion and Ronette surely followed in her mother's footsteps and was given the reign of "Princess Diva" of fashion. Anyone who knew Ronette knew her sense of style and fashion was like no other.
Ronette was an honor graduate of the 1982 class of Monroe High School. "Princess Diva" was loved and adored by many in her class and she adored and loved her alma mater. During her years at Monroe she was an active student and involved in numerous extracurricular activities. In her senior year alone, participation included: FBLA Club, Homecoming Court, Academic Bowl, FCA, Math Club, Student Council, Social Science Club, and the Flag Line for the Marching Tornado Band. She was also a member of the Utilis Matronae Debutante Club.
She furthered her education at Albany State College where she received a degree in Business Administration in 1986. Her career began in 1987 with the Doughty County School System as a secretary. While working as a secretary, she continued her education pursuits and earned her certification allowing her to begin her teaching career in 1992. She worked at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle, Doughty Middle and Radium Muddle Schools. Always the consummate learner, her love and desire to enhance student learning lead her to earn the Masters of Education Degree in School Counseling in 1997; she soon after became a counselor at Worth County High School. It was never her intentions to leave Albany, but she did what was necessary to achieve her goals in helping to counsel students. In 2001, she arrived at the top of her game becoming Director of Counseling at Dougherty Comprehensive High School. A counselor extraordinaire, she ended her career at her beloved alma mater as the Director of Counseling at Monroe Comprehensive High School. She gave so much to her students with her untiring energy that she channeled though them a burning desire to do more. A sports enthusiast and avid football fan, she traveled with the Golden Tornadoes every chance afforded her.
Ronette was initiated as a member of the Delta Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on March 10, 1984 at Albany State, with the line name "Stamina." How befitting and appropriate! As a Diamond Life Member, her journey in Delta carried her to many places and gave her the greatest opportunities to serve. As a Delta, she served on various committees. Prior to her transition, she was served as correspondent secretary and on the Standards & Scholarship Committee, Membership Services Committee and Jabberwock.
Though diagnosed with Lupus at the age of 19, our beloved Ronette lived life to the fullest and was able to have a productive career and a successful personal life. the challenges of the disease could not conquer her spirit. a member of the the National Alumni Association of Albany State University, she was a dedicated and devoted football fan and in the stands to lend a cheering hand. Even when her health should have prevented her from attending games, she was there.
Having joined the Greater Second Mt. Olive Baptist Church at an early age, and served as a devoted and active member with all the Women's Ministry and the Teen Outreach Ministry. Though challenged with health issues, she remained a giver of herself, her tithes and offerings while on her journey. She was never one for excuses or complaints; like Jesus, she just did it anyhow.
Our precious "Princess Diva" transitioned into the world of eternal life on November 25, 2011. "Well done good and faithful servant... enter thou into the joy of thy Lord;" Matthew 25:23
Missing and mourning her are her father, Walter J. (Ruthie) Brown of Albany; eight aunts, Versie Ree Melton of Flint, MI, Doris Carr (care-giver) and Evelyn Costen of Albany, Martha Tucker and Mary (Samuel) Jackson of Chesapeak, VA, Thelma (Bernard) Irvin of Ormond Beach, FL, Dorothy Bannister of Atlanta, Mildred (Edgar) Gater of Riaito, CA; four uncles, John (Vivian) Brown of Albany, Isaac Brown of Lumpkin, John Brown of Albany, and Walter (Janice) Brown of Dawson; godmother, Deloris (Joseph) Phipps of Albany and godfather, Alton (Velma) Moultrie of Atlanta; a god-sister, Tonya Phipps, a host of cousins, other relatives, sorority sisters, and friends.
The remains of Ms. Brown will lie-in-state at the church on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 PM until the funeral hour. The family of Ms. Brown will receive friends and relatives at the home of her father, Mr. Walter J. Brown of 1016 St. Andrews Drive here in Albany.
Meadows Funeral Home