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Ellis Ruth Freeman Brown '77

Elois Ruth Freeman Brown, 78, of Trappe, MD, transitioned on April 11, 2017 in Easton, Maryland. She was born April 30, 1938 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, daughter of the late Mary E. Freeman Brown and Jack Cash and stepfather, Harry E. Brown.

Elois was affectionately called "Tutti" by family and friends because she loved the song "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard.  She loved to dance when she heard it. She was educated in the Talbot County Public Schools and obtained degrees from Sojourner Douglas College and Antioch College as an adult.

Her passion was education and helping others.  Being employed with Talbot County Public Schools for almost 30 years allowed her to fulfill that for herself and so many students. She was also employed by Parole and Probation in Easton for a number of years. After retiring from the school system, Elois went to work at the Neighborhood Service Center for 10 years.

Upon her retirement, Elois and her husband Donald became active in volunteer work there and recently received the Volunteers of the Year award through the center.  Giving back to the community was one of her favorite pasttimes, and she loved engaging with people. Elois was a member of Scott's United Methodist Church in Trappe. She served on the Finance Board, Administrative Board Chair, a member of the United Methodist Women, member of the Combined Choir, Outreach Ministry, Sunday School, Parents Supporting Parents, Tutorial Program, Stewardship, the Flower Club and the Bicentennial Committee for the Town of Trappe.

When Elois was not serving her church, she was active in Talbot County School Personnel Retired Association Community Service Committee, Talbot Partnership, Neighborhood Service Center, Maryland Energy Assistance Advisory Board, Mental Health Association of Talbot County, charter member of the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C., a member of NAACP, Talbot Hospice, and a member of the Jackson Jubilee and Clergy and Laity.

Although Elois was busy and active, she always put her family first.  If she was called upon, she was always available, willing and did her best.  She loved reading and doing word search puzzles and her favorite evening past time was watching Family Fued, Judge Judy and Law & Order. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Donald C. Brown, Sr. (Trappe); one daughter, Kimball T. Terry of Easton and three sons, Donald C. Brown Jr. (Patterson, NJ), Mark A. Brown (Denise), Baltimore, MD and Timothy N. Brown (Salisbury, MD); three sisters, Reba Muhammad (San Diego), Ann Thomas (Glen Burnie, MD) and Victoria Jones (Easton, MD); 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Clarence "Sonny" Freeman and John Brown and a sister, Rosalind Cash.