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 (agwm.org). Any gifts to this organization will be used to continue her heart of spreading the Word of God to the ends of the earth.
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