Lucille Alverta Brown, 85, hospital receptionist

December 14, 2005

Lucille Alverta Brown, a retired receptionist at the old North Charles General Hospital, died of dementia Sunday at Oak Springs Nursing Home in Warrenton, Va. The former Essex resident was 85.

Born Lucille Alverta Keister in Romney, W.Va., where she was raised, she moved to Baltimore about 55 years ago.

Mrs. Brown retired as an admissions clerk with North Charles General Hospital in Charles Village about 20 years ago and was later a rental agent for Henderson Webb Inc., a property management company, at the Queens Purchase Apartments in Essex. In the 1960s, she was an Avon products district manager.

"She was an outgoing person who had friends everywhere she went," said her daughter Deborah A. Meade, with whom she had lived in Culpeper, Va., since 1999.

Mrs. Brown was a past president of the Kenwood High School and Stemmers Run Junior High Parent-Teacher Associations.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. today at the Shaffer-Warnick Funeral Home, 230 E. Main St., in Romney.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, Roger B. Brown of Hagerstown; two other daughters, Sandra Lochary of Bel Air and Mary Godwin of Culpeper; a brother, Keith R. Keister of Colonial Heights, Va.; a sister, Joyce K. Ewers of Romney; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Her first husband, Edward Brown, died in 1949. Her marriage to Robert Brown ended in divorce.

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