Estelle Sears Brown

July 12, 1924 - March 13, 2009
Estelle Sears Brown

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Estelle S. Brown, 84, of Hampstead, NC passed away March 13, 2009 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was preceded in death by a son Bradford Otis Brown.

Estelle is survived by her husband of 63 years, B. Otis Brown of the home, daughter Roxanne P. Saunders and husband Joseph N. Saunders, III, grandchildren Vivian Marcilena Perry and Gaetan Joel Perry, step grandchildren Phillip, Tyrone and Tamara Saunders, sister Emma Sears, of Fairhaven, NJ, nieces Una Edmead, of Hartford, CT, Iris Sears and Diane Sears, of Fairhaven, NJ, and Betty Ann Riley, of Los Angeles, CA, nephews John Austin Sears, of Fairhaven, NJ and Benjamin Daniels, of Michigan and a host of great nieces and great nephews, extended family and friends.

She was an active member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, a volunteer at the New Hanover Hospitality House and an active Topsail Greens Crafter.

Memorial service will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 21, 2009 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 107 Deerfield Drive in Hampstead.

A special thanks to Lower Cape Fear Hospice especially caregivers Betty, Cindy, Missy, Luwanda and Hope.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 107 Deerfield Drive, Hampstead, NC 28443

Online condolences may be sent to

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • March 16, 2009
    Gloria & Roland Boyd Jr. & Family says:
    Otis and Family, With our deepest sympathy to you and your family with the loss of Estelle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. My God Bless and Keep you all in his prayers. Gloria & Roland Boyd Jr & Family

  • March 19, 2009
    John and Lou Wilson says:
    Estelle loved her church and her family.She was gentle , kind and reassuring. She was organized and delightful in every way! We loved her!

  • March 20, 2009
    Fanny Chestnut-Hairston says:
    Estelle was a delightful, dutiful individual who was an angel in the service of God. She was an invaluable member of the Altar Guild at Chestnut Memorial Chapel, Ocean City, North Topsail Beach. Even when she was ailing, she was there preparing the altar. She was also a diligent supporter of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Wilmington. We will miss her delightful ways, her beautiful smile, and her lovely eyes which were windows to a soul full of love for her fellow man. Otis and family, we know she has gone on to further spiritual service. Fanny and Percy

  • March 18, 2009
    Cynthia Maignan says:
    Roxanne and Joey; our heartfelt condolences go out to you, the girls and your Dad. May God grant you peace and the comfort of the Holy Spirit that surpasses all understanding. Keep the sweet memories of the wonderful times with your Mom close in your heart. Love Cynthia, Kenny, Noah, Nate, & Elijah.

  • March 18, 2009
    Colette Clay says:
    Dear Brown Family, It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Mrs. Brown. She was a wonderful person and will be truly missed. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to you all. May God comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Dianne and Colette Clay