Della V. Brown

August 7, 1937 ~ November 3, 2018 (age 81)


Della V. Brown passed away quietly in her bed on November 3, 2018.  She passed away the same way she lived, worrying more about the people around her, than herself.  She was born on August 07, 1937 and was one of 7 children; Curtis and Lillian (who have survived her), and Roy, John, David, and of course Eula (who have passed on before her).  She also had three sons: Mark, Dwayne, and Reginald Brown; 5 grandchildren; Noble, Marcelles, Eboni, Maria, and Alexander, and 8 great grandchildren.  In 1969, she received a donated kidney from her sister Eula, and had one of the earliest kidney transplants in the United States.  As a child, I remember telling her, "Receiving a kidney from Aunt Eula made you much stricter" because Aunt Eula was very strict. Mother often bragged about receiving the kidney, expressing that it was her job to take care of the kidney and keep it safe. Towards the end of her life she was in the  hospital for an extended period of time.  Every doctor that visited her room admired the fact that she had a 50-year-old kidney transplant.  Some thought it was some type of record and was amazed her transplanted kidney lasted so long.  I'd like to think that if they had known mother, they would have understood that the kidney had no choice, it was under the special care of Della Brown. Della Brown was a very private person.  Her final wishes were to be cremated so that people wouldn't be staring at her in a casket.  She did not want to be “on display!"  She was always greatly concerned about doing for other people, but she would be perfectly happy to go unnoticed herself.  She wanted everyone to know how grateful she was for the love and kindness that was always shown and given to her during, and especially towards the end of her life.   On Sunday, November 18, 2018, we will have a memorial at 1:30 pm the Hiram Christian Church located at 6868 Wakefield Road in Hiram, Ohio 44234. Officiating will be Rev. Chris McCreight. A time of fellowship will immediately follow at the church.  You are invited to please come with kind spirits and happy memories. The time for tears and sadness has passed and we should remember her as she lived. Arrangements are by the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service in Mantua where condolences and memories may be viewed at

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