Ellen Louisa Brown

March 19, 1922 to March 25, 2017


Ellen Louisa Brown, beginning her 96th year, passed away at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s,  Saturday, March 25,2017. She is predeceased by her much beloved husband James Douglas (Doug) of Irvine, Ayreshire, Scotland. Ellen, or “Nellie” as she was affectionately known to her many friends, was the second youngest of 10 children born to Kenneth and Bessie Oakley of Greenspond, Bonavista Bay.  She is predeceased by brothers Fred (Mame), George and Gordon in infancy, Charlie (Myrtle), Ken (Florence, Phyllis), Lloyd (Glynnis) and by sisters Jean (Jim Harding), Barbara (Don Jamieson), and Marian (Ray Potter).  Forever loved by her daughters Elizabeth Brown, Jeanie (John) Staple and Susan (Greg) Brown. Nana will be greatly missed by her nine grandchildren: Stephan (Faith) Patey, Matthew (Katariina) Patey, Ian (Corinna) Patey and Andrea Patey; Carolyn Staple, Adam (Adele Petten) Staple; Andrew (Jill Young) Brown, Amy (Joel Adams), and Sarah (Christopher Philpott) and by her thirteen great grandchildren. The kindness, support and compassion from all who cared for her at Tiffany Village during the past two years will always be remembered. The HSC Emergency and 5 South A staff (special thanks to Jessica) went well above duty in their empathic care and consideration. In respect of her wishes, cremation has taken place. A gathering to celebrate mom’s life through memories and song will take place at the Carnell’s Visitation and Reception Centre, 1045 Topsail Road from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.   Please come and join the family in celebrating our mother’s long, happy life. Donations in her memory may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or to The Arthritis Society.


Celebration of Life

3:00pm, Wednesday March 29th

Carnell’s Funeral Home
1045 Topsail Road
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Susan, Libby, Jeanie I’m so sorry for your loss. I only wish I had found out when she passed. I have some found memories of going down her place in St. Phillip’s when I was a kid. Me, Amy, Andy, Adam and Carolyn all just running around being kids. She was an awesome woman and will sorely be missed. Lots of love to you and your families.????????

Staples, Browns and Pateys, you are all in our thoughts.
The matriarch has taken her final bow and leaves us with many cherished memories.

Much love from Scotland,
Sharon & Caighlan

Carolyn, Adam, Jeanie, John, River and Willow – I can’t believe this news. It was less than two weeks ago that I was in Nfld and Carolyn was telling me that Nana’s birthday was coming up on the weekend. She was such a beautiful and sweet lady, and she always treated me with kindness. I know how much you all loved her and what a huge part of your lives she was. My heart is with you all. Much love. xoxoxoxo Dvorah

Jeanie, So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother.
Our condolences to you, John & Family.

Susan, Jeanie and Libby, please accept my condolences on the death of your mother. She was a kind and friendly neighbour, and will always be part of my memories of growing up on Raleigh Street.

Elizabeth Hanton

Susan, Greg and Family: Jackie and I send our sincere condolences on the passing of Mrs. Brown. She was a grand lady, the very definition of a matriarch. I know you will all miss her very much. She had a long life, and had an impact on many outside her immediate family. I will remember her fondly.

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We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences.

Susan, Greg, Amy, Sarah, Andy and families,
So sorry to hear about your mom & nana. Sending condolences and thinking of you. xo

Aunt Nellie

I was so sorry to hear of your passing. You will be greatly missed. We didn’t get a chance to be together often but it was always such a pleasure to see you and to chat. You always reminded me of Grandma…. you were both classy, distinguished, kind thoughtful souls. True ladies. There should be more people in the world like you.

Susan, Libbie, Jeanie and Family: So very sorry to hear of your Mother’s death. We’re still in Europe and cannot be there. Thinking of you. Sincere Condolences. Paula and Pat.

Elizabeth, Jeanie &Susan I am saddened to hear the loss of your mother. I remember her well ,when you were neighbours on Raleigh Street , all those many years ago. Remember her well , ,as she lived to a ripe old age.. Please accept my deepest sympathies at this sad time. With fondest memories……Tom Humphries

Jeanie, John and family,
Sorry for your loss. She was a dignified, calming person who will be greatly missed. We are sure her presence will continue in her circle of family and friends. We regret that neither one of us will be here for the celebration.


So sorry to hear of you mothers passing and thinking of you and John and family at this time.
Our prayers are with you all.

Sharon and Glenn

Libby, Jeanie and Susan
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My sincere condolences.
Judy Chubbs

Susan, Libby and Jeannie
Thinking of you all at this sad time. I know the wonderful times you and your mother spent together will be remembered forever.
Kevin and Diane

Susan,Libby and Jeanie,
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing .
Robert and I send our sincere condolences.
Nancy Patten

Jeanie and families thinking of you at this sad time. cherish the beautiful memories she shared with you,

Adam. Jeanie and families

Love and sympathy on the passing of Nana. She was with you for a long time. It was evident that she was much loved by her family. She was a kind and gracious lady and always welcoming to us. This is how we will remember her.

Jeanie and John,
I am so sorry to hear about your mother and mother-in-law’s passing. She was indeed a very admirable and special person. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you, and to Susan, Libby and all the family..

Love to the Patey Family and extended relatives. Elizabeth.. your mother was a lovely lady who I know was loved by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.
Colleen,Herb & Matthew
Mercer,,Sydney. N.S.

Susan, Libby and Jeanie
Jack and I are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She is a beautiful looking lady. We know you will miss her dearly. Thinking of you at this time. Sending love …….