Minnie Estelle Brown McLean

July 26, 1930 - August 22, 2015
Minnie Estelle Brown McLean

Mrs. Estelle Brown McLean “Stelle”, was born on July 26, 1930, the 3rd child of the late Eather Brown and Grace Widemon Brown. On Saturday August 22, 2015 our mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend transcended to celestial peace.

Stelle was raised in Bessemer City NC with her siblings and parents until 1941 when they relocated to Wilmington NC due to employment advancement for her father who worked as a longshoreman.

Stelle began her education in the public schools of Asheville NC. Following relocation to Wilmington NC, she continued her education at Williston Industrial School system and finished her schooling at Cape Fear Community College.

Stelle grew up attending Mt. Zion AME Church and later became a faithful member of Mt. Olive AME Church as an adult. Stelle served on the Senior Choir, Usher Board, Young At Heart Club and was a Class Leader.

Upon graduating from Williston Senior High School in the class of 1947, Stelle’s work experience began as a housekeeper, continued at the National Linen Service and American Standard with her career ending at General Electric after working 20 plus years. Stelle also completed coursework related to her career at General Electric as well as non-credit coursework through Cape Fear Community College in her later years.

As a young woman, Stelle met and married William McLean and although they did not have any children from their union, Stelle had three children from previous relationships Ardith, David and Kenneth as well as a grandson she helped to raise David “Mikie”.

Prior to her health declining, Stelle enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, traveling, spending time with family, bowling, serving at church-particularly with the dinner sales, was an active member of the senior citizens club, played scrabble and bingo with her friends as well as watched Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy nightly.

Stelle leaves to cherish her memory: her three children Ardith Brown (Frank), David Brown and Kenneth Brown (Inez); one grandson that she helped to raise David “Mikie” Johnson; Brothers who preceded her in death: Willie Brown (Ethel) and Leroy Brown (Thalia); Grand Children, Rod Brown, Frankie Brown, Juan Brown, D’Angela Brown, Regina Brown, deceased, Michelle Graham, David Johnson, Corea Williams, Satanta Taylor and Timmie Johnson, a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended relatives, friends and prayer partners amongst her Mt. Olive AME Church and Williston families.

The family will receive friends at a visitation on Friday August 28, 2015 from 10:00AM till 11:00AM at Mt. Olive AME Church, 1001 S 7th St, Wilmington, NC 28401. A service to celebrate Estelle’s Homegoing will follow at 11:00AM, Reverend Dr. Anthony Watson Officiating.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • August 24, 2015
    Terri Banks says:
    I have many fond memories of Stelle. She holds a special place in my heart. My prayers are with the family. Rest in Paradise lovely lady!

  • August 24, 2015
    Joann says:
    We're going to miss you, Aunt Stell.I hope you met St. Peter,and he had no problems finding your name and welcoming you in.Family remember to keep each other in prayer.

  • August 26, 2015
    BARBARA A, DEVANE says:
    ARDITH, SO SORRY TO LEARN OF YOUR MOTHER'S PASSING. PLEASE KNOW THAT EUGENE AND I WILL KEEP YOU IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. LOVE YOU, EUGENE & BARBARA DEVANE