Bernice Brown affectionately known as Butch by her family and childhood friends. We really don’t remember how or why, but she answered to it. Bernice entered this world on January 27th, 1946. She was the ninth of eleven children born to the late Herbert and Rosa Brown in Brooklyn NY.
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Bernice was educated in the NYC public school system and graduated from Fashion Industry High School in June of 1963. Upon graduating High School, she was employed as a seamstress for 5 years in the garment district.
Her parents instilled in her important keys for a successful life and career. They were respect for others, honesty, hard work, teamwork, and many others.
On September 24, 1968, she went to work for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, in their Brooklyn plant as a machine operator in the Sterile department. In 1975 after on the job secretarial training Bernice went to work in the Corporate Office of Pfizer as an Administrative asst to the VP of Strategic Planning. She retired from Pfizer on January 1, 2004 after 35 years of loyal and dedicated service to managers and Pfizer.
Bernice was one of Pfizer’s social butterflies, coordinating numerous events within and outside the company. Bernice was loved and respected not only at Pfizer but wherever she went. She welcomed family and friends to her home for many social gatherings. She was a DIVA.
Bernice accepted Christ and was baptized at Greater Free Gift Baptist Church and sang on the Junior choir under the late Pastor Daniel W. Batts. She restored her membership in the late 80s. Bernice loved to dance. She won a dance contest on Alan Freed TV Dance show back in the day. We were so proud of her.
Bernice loved her nieces and nephews and was the best baby sitter. I know they have many comical stores to tell.
She loved children and she was so happy to become the mother to Andrew Anthony and the grandmother to Devin and Andrew Jr aka AJ. Bernice and Rose moved to their new homes in New Castle DE in 2004 living across the street from one another. They were inseparable because they lived across from each other on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn NY. Unfortunately, as her health declined and it was difficult for Andrew living in South Carolina, traveling to Delaware on the weekends. Her grandson AJ said “Mama you have to come and live with us”. Bernice followed the suggestion of her grandson and moved to South Carolina. She loved the community and was anxious for her family to come and see it.
Bernice departed this life peacefully on Thursday December 5th 2019 at the CMC Pineville Matthew Hospital in North Carolina.
She leaves to cherish her memory, son Andrew Anthony, his fiancé Natasha, grandsons Devin and AJ, 5 sisters – Helen, Rosalind, Rose, Carolyn and Marilyn and host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Special acknowledgement to Natasha and Marion for assisting Bernice during her time of illness. Thank you for being her caregivers.