In memory of
Brown, Catherine Catherine Brown was born on July 12, 1936 to the union of George and Elizabeth Simmons Stowe. She and her brothers and sisters spent many happy years living on Seventh Avenue in Mount Vernon, NY. Their beloved mother Elizabeth passed away during their formative years. Fortunately the family was blessed in the form of Ruby Ivory Stowe who met and married their dad and became a mother to Catherine and her siblings. The family moved to 17 Maynard Street in Tuckahoe, New York, where lifetime friendships were formed. Catherine was strongly influenced by her father's loving commitment to nuclear and extended family and their Christian faith. Her brother Edward reflects that Catherine was a perfect example of what the STOWE name represents being Spiritually Secure, Thankful, Optimistic, Watchful and Ethical. To that end, Catherine used her attributes to improve the Tuckahoe community by becoming the first black cheerleader circa 1953. Prior to that time there weren't any black cheerleaders, purportedly because there were no black girls on the honor roll. Catherine's commitment to excellence and equality, motivated her to make the honor roll and break the color barrier. Catherine was a born caregiver not only to her children, but her love extended to other relatives, the elderly, her friends and people in need. She was very welcoming and often extended her home, and time to her children's friends and others looking for a safe haven. Catherine embodied the meaning of her name which is Purity and innocence with the ability to be a visionary and inspiration to others. Her inspiration is evidenced by the success of her children who all graduated college, and are all proficient in their chosen fields. Catherine is predeceased by her parents George, Elizabeth and Ruby Stowe, her siblings Bobby, Ruth and Jimmy Stowe, Burton Cooper, Otis Williams, and beloved cousin Georgiana Friday. She is survived by her brothers Edward Stowe Sr (Shirley), Joe Williams (Irene), sister Geneva Ballou, sisters in-laws Roxie Stowe and Nancy Williams, children Rhonda Jacobius (Dan), Toni Daisley (Henry), Peter Brown, Clifford Brown (Tammie), Esi-da Robinson (Rodney), grandchildren David Duncan, Jeromy Cummings, Meira McFarquhar, Dara Brown, Daniel Duncan, Jada Brown, Breena Robinson and Rodney Robinson, nieces Karen and Eipporah Stowe, nephews Edward Stowe Jr. and Tobhnas Stowe, and Jeff Ballou and a cherished host of relatives and special friends. Arrangements made by Camelot Funeral Home, 174 Stevens Ave., Mt. Vernon, NY 10550.
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