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Ethel Mardell Brown

June 29, 1938 ~ November 16, 2023

Ethel Mardell Brown, born on June 29, 1938, in Lordstown, Ohio, passed away November 16, 2023, leaving behind a remarkable legacy. She was an incredible wife and life partner to Duane R. Brown, with whom she shared a loving bond since their marriage in Pascagoula, MS., on June 9, 1958. As a mother, Ethel was truly amazing, raising three children, Susan, Kenneth, and Michael. She is survived by 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.


Her devotion to Jesus was evident in her role as a disciple and witness for His love. She was Duane’s right arm in assisting him in typing his documents for their ministry. They pastored together at East Orange Assembly of God in Orlando, FL, First Assembly of God in Sheffield, AL, and First Assembly of God in St. Augustine, FL. They taught a Sunday School class of 300 people at Lakeland First Assembly of God.


Her adventurous spirit led her to serve alongside Duane as Assembly of God missionaries in Colombia and Costa Rica, where her resilience shone through. Ethel Mardell Brown will be deeply missed, but her impact on the lives she touched will forever be cherished.


Ethel’s musical talents were awe-inspiring, as she played the Piano, Organ, Baritone, and Ukulele. She helped lead the music ministry in all the churches they pastored. She also played organ for the services and the choir at Lakeland First Assembly of God for many years. Her favorite hymn is “I Must Tell Jesus”. He was her source of everything in life.


Ethel was a multi-talented individual, excelling as a chef, accountant, home manager, beautician, seamstress, and musician. She found joy in sewing, quilting, and knitting.


Duane & Ethel’s life verse is Colossians 1:28-29 “28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to Assembly of God World Missions Give ( Any gifts to this organization will be used to continue her heart of spreading the Word of God to the ends of the earth.



Susan Lewis

November 20, 2023, 2:22 am

Please accompany us to celebrate her life at Cornerstone Christian Church of Vero Beach 5950 12th St, Vero Beach, FL 32966 on November 21, 2023 or on Facebook Live at 1100-1200 EST. For more information, see this website

Carrie & Bob Shields

November 20, 2023, 12:15 pm

It has been our privilege to know Mrs. Brown through her daughter Susan many years ago. She leaves behind an amazing testimony of her Love for Jesus.

Waymon and Betty Lunsford

November 20, 2023, 1:49 pm

Ethel was our dear friend and “spiritual adviser”. She TRIED to keep me straight but she had her hands full. We loved her and will truly miss her. God bless you. Praying for Duane, Susan, and the family.

Gigi Williams

November 20, 2023, 6:03 pm

Susan and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you be comforted by your memories of your mom; she will always be in your heart. I am just a phone call away should you need anything.

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