Rachel Brown, Charlotte
Mrs. Brown, 95, of Charlotte, N.C. passed away on April 21, 2013 at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville.
She was born on September 12, 1917 in Union County, a daughter of the late Alexis D. and Jessie Eubanks Moore.
Rachel enjoyed growing up on her family's farm in the country. She was the youngest of five children, and was preceded in death by her brothers, Roy and Dwight Moore, and her sisters, Kate Moore Trull and Lula Moore Price. While working in Asheville, N.C. in the Postal Accounts Division of the government, she met John Maurice Brown, who became her husband on December 16, 1950. They enjoyed 26 years of marriage until John went to be with the Lord in 1977. She loved her role as mother to her only child Laura, and showed her love through countless acts of caring and giving of her time and resources. She was a Proverbs 31 woman, and was worthy of Laura’s admiration and devotion, and Laura has “risen up and called her blessed.” Rachel worked for several years in Kannapolis, N.C. at Cannon Mills. After moving to Charlotte, Rachel worked at A&P Tea Co. for many years as a bookkeeper in the regional office. Later, she worked at Gerrard Tire Co. in accounts receivable until her retirement.
Rachel came to know the Lord as her Savior at an early age, and enjoyed many years as a member of Northside Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and worked in the nursery. Later, she joined Charlotte's First Baptist Church. She was known as a prayer warrior, and loved spending time in the Word of God, having read through the Bible over 40 times.
Rachel had an extraordinary love for her parents, siblings, and extended family. She was very close to her daughter and son-in-law, whom she loved as a son. Two of the brightest spots in her life were her grandchildren, Melissa and David. She always stayed involved in their activities and enjoyed their visits tremendously. Rachel was diligent in keeping up with a wide network of friends and family by phone. Personal visits from friends and family were some of her favorite times. Her favorite hobby was reading. She is remembered for sharing stories from her past, and is admired for her wisdom and common sense. God blessed her with a sharp mind and memory throughout her life.
In the last days of her life, she expressed her desire to go home and be with her Lord Jesus. Her immediate family surrounded her bedside, and Rachel shared her love for each of them, and they for her. It was a precious time of prayer, singing of hymns, and reading of scripture.
Rachel is survived by her daughter, Laura Brown Mullinax and her husband Michael, and her grandchildren, Melissa (fiancé Mark Blackwell) and David.
A celebration of Rachel's life will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in the Harry and Bryant Company, "Chapel in the Oaks," 500 Providence Rd., Charlotte, with Dr. Mark Harris officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. prior to the service. The burial will take place at Sharon Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Justice Ministries, Inc. , P.O. Box 5216 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 or online at justice-ministries.org. Justice Ministries, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to combating human trafficking with a primary focus on the rescue and restoration of victims of human trafficking.
Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com.