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Blanche Cecelia Fenwick Brown, 95, Bowie

Blanche Cecelia Fenwick Brown, 95, of Bowie died Jan. 26, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Bowie.

Born Sept. 7, 1917, in Newport, she was the daughter of the late Mamie Knott Fenwick and the late Leo Fenwick.

She married the late George Edward Brown Sept. 17, 1938. He died in 1991. They had two children, Mary Catherine Lumpkin and George Alexander Brown.

She was educated in the Charles County public schools and went on to lead a life that demonstrated her personal commitment to helping others and a deep devotion to the Catholic faith. A longtime member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Plata, she was also a member of the Knights of St John’s International Ladies Auxiliary 301 since 1954, as well as the Sacred Heart Church Senior Sodality. She worked for Archbishop Neale Catholic School for more than 10 years and was dedicated to her job as a senior companion with the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Senior Companion Program for 28 years. Though she was active outside her home, she took pleasure in leading a simple and quiet home life. Aside from never missing an episode of “Wheel of Fortune” or “Jeopardy,” she loved most tending to her modest flower garden and washing and folding clothes. Though her husband, George, had installed a more modern electric washing machine and dryer in their home, she regularly pulled out her trusty old wringer washer and always hung everything out to dry, rarely, if ever, using the electric dryer. She always carefully folded each piece with precision. She visited her son’s family in the evenings to fold his family’s laundry, too.

She was also devoted to the care of her niece, Shirley Myles, and nephew, Bernard Myles, following the death of their mother, her sister,, Leona. Also, after the death of her sister, Josephine, she became devoted to helping with the care of Josephine’s children, James, Cecil, Gilbert, Varie and Cecelia.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Josephine Short, Madeline Bush, Leona Yates and Christine Myles; and brothers, Theodore Fenwick, Clarence Fenwick and Leon Fenwick.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Catherine Lumpkin; son, George Alexander Brown and his wife Vivian; grandchildren, Nicole Smith and her husband La Quane, Lisa Brown, Kelly Ross and her husband Kipling and Brian Brown and his wife Kimberlee; great-grandchildren, Briana Brown, Nia Smith, Marley Ross, Bailey Ross, Bryce Brown, Daniel Duncan and Julian Duncan; and many other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 8:30 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will take place at the church cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Thornton Funeral Home, Pomonkey.