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Zena Vanessa Brown


Sunrise: March 8, 1961

Sunset: October 13, 2018

Zena Vanessa Brown, daughter of the late Deacon Ralph Clifton Brown, Sr. and Frances Vandora Brown was born on March 8, 1961 and departed peacefully on October 13, 2018.

Zena graduated from Neptune Senior High School in 1980. After graduation she joined the Army where she served our country honorably for 6 years, including an overseas tour in Germany. Post her military service, she moved back to Richmond, VA where she attended Kee Business College and received her diploma in Word Processing.

While in Richmond, Zena was employed by the VA Labor Commission before attaining a position at the Building Supply Company where she worked for several years and finally Jani King before relocating to Kentucky where she worked for the Army and Air Force Exchange until she became disabled.

She joined New Hope Baptist Church in Radcliff, KY, where she dedicated her life to Christ and was baptized December 20, 2009 in a dual ceremony alongside her daughter Nigeria. In 2015, Zena relocated back to Norfolk, VA where she spent her remaining time with her son Billy and his family.

She is preceded in death by her Father Ralph Clifton Brown Sr., two brothers Ralph Clifton Brown Jr., Kevin Eugene Brown, and a niece Malika Naomi Williams.

She leaves to mourn her passing: son William Brown III (Dominica) of Norfolk, VA, daughter Nigeria Brown of Louisville, KY; mother Frances Vandora Brown of Charlotte Court House, VA; three brothers, Bishop Robert Hickman (Pauline) of Findlay, Ohio, Earl Jones (Bernice) of Myrtle Beach, SC, Darren L. Brown (Sharon) of Upper Marlboro, MD; sister, Yolanda M. Ingram (Craig) of Rineyville, KY; three grandkids Taniya, Zariah, and Nyla; eleven nieces and nephews, Christopher, Steven, Ameerah, Matthew, Kimberly, John, Brittany, Darrian, Mi’Key, Craig, and Robdeisha. She leaves a host of aunts, uncles, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends.

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    William A Brown, Jr. says

    My Deepest and Sincere Condolences go out to the entire Brown Family for your loss and in essence for my loss as well because not only was Zena my Love and the mother of our children, she was and always will be my friend. She will be dearly missed by many and I hope and pray that The Good Lord will keep her and Bless the entire Brown Family through this loss of a fine daughter, sister, auntie, cousin, mother and grandmother. My girl Zena V Brown…..Love Always Bill Brown

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    Jim and Missy Porter says

    Dear William, Nigeria and Family: Our hearts are filled with sorrow upon hearing the news about Zena’s passing and our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Brown family. There’s a special place in all of our hearts for our mothers, just like there’s a special place in every mother’s heart for her children. You must continue to carry her memory in that special place in your heart. The heart that your Mom had for her family and others is a rare gift to many people who had the privilege to know her and be blessed by her. No one can replace your Mom, but God can comfort your hearts. He knows what you need during this most difficult time much better than anyone else. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences. Love, Uncle Jim and Auntie Missy Porter, High Point, NC………John 11:25-26; Rev. 21:4

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    Terri Wright David says

    Sending my condolences to the entire family and especially her children. Always carry your mom In your heart and soul. She is gone but never forgotten

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    Bridget O Smalls says

    To the Brown and Jones Family
    You have my deepest sympathy.

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    Carmen Williams says

    It is with sincere condolences and sadness that your beloved Zena has transitioned. She will suffer no more. To my friend Yolanda, Nigeria and family, I and my family , send prayers of peace, healing and strength for your loss through this tough time.. You have my deepest sympathy. And abounding love. Carmen

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    Tee McDowall, Boston MA says

    My condolences to the Brown family. My heart is broken at the lost of my good friend Z. We have been friends for over 30 years, and she was a caring and loving soul. We shared so many good times and I will miss her. “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” 2nd Corinthians 5:1.

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    Marion Taylor Key says

    To the Brown Family, Zena was a beloved classmate of the class of 1980. We will miss her and I hope you find solace in the outpouring of love and support from friends and family. ❤️

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    Demetria Majette says

    To the Brown Family,
    Our sincere Condolences to you and your Family. We will miss your Mother walking by with the girl so Happy and such a Joyful Spirit. God Bless you and your Family in this time of loss. We will keep you in our Prayers. God will take care of you. He will comfort you during this. Will, if we The Majette’s can do anything please do not hesitate to call. With Our Deepest Sympathy.
    Tarence, Demetria and Destinee Majette

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