Community mourns Nancy Brown’s passing at 75


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Nancy Brown is being remembered as a lovely woman, who was dedicated to the community and especially to her family.

“As a mother she was the best,” her son, Troy Purnell of Berlin, said.

“Her kids meant more to her than anything in the whole world. She taught us to keep the faith. Perseverance. All good stuff. It served me well and it still does,” he said.

“She always told us wrong is wrong and right is right, no matter what,” he said.

Brown, 75, died of lung cancer on New Year’s Day.

For the past 41 years she was what the family called the “CEO/CFO/CAO” of husband of Tom Brown’s Rookie League in Salisbury.

“I’m from Montgomery County. We lived there and when we came back here in 1980 and I started my program, she was very active in that,” her husband of 41 years said.

“She took care of everything. She took all the phone calls. She ordered the shirts, did the scheduling – everything. She was very active in the community. She was a member, when we lived in Montgomery County, of the business and professional women’s association.

“She was a great mother. She really was very, very good mother. She loved being a mother. She disciplined them, but  in a soft way to be sure they understood,” her husband said.

Brown, a native of Portsmouth, Va., who enjoyed crabbing, boating, water skiing, playing tennis, living on the Eastern Shore and spending time with her family, is survived by four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Jan. 7 at Holloway Funeral Home.

As one of the founding members of Worcester Country School in Berlin, Brown was remembered by the headmaster, Dr. Barry Tull, as being “very loyal to us.”

“Nancy was engaged in all the early activities of the school and over the 46 years the school has been in existence,” Tull said. Two of her children were students there.

“She was really, really a good woman. Everybody liked her. If you asked her to do her job, you didn’t have to ask her again. She just did it,” her husband said.

“She was beautiful. I have a couple very nice pictures of her. I just look at them now and then. She was a very wonderful lady in the community.”



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