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Evangeline's Story

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MARBLEHEAD, MA - Marblehead lost longtime resident, Evangeline Pearl Brown, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, after she succumbed to her long battle with congestive heart failure. Pearl was born in Orange, N.J., to Arthur Sedgewick and Evangeline Pearl Woodruff, on September 19, 1923. Pearl met her husband, Fred Brown, shortly after graduating from Cornell University, during World Wall II, and together they had three children.
For many years, Pearl and Fred operated an in-home craft business, selling their products all across the United States. Then in the late 1960s, Pearl returned to school, earning her M.Ed. from Boston University. In 1974, she began working as a therapist for North Central Human Services, Gardner, Mass. Pearl loved her job, and continued working until she retired at the age of 75. Just prior to her retirement, she and close lifelong friend, Friedel Green, built a summer home together, in Wellfleet, at the age of 75 and 76, respectively, after both of their husbands had passed on. Pearl never let age get in the way of enjoying anything, including traveling. She made many trips over the years, even taking a trip to Thailand in her 80s.
This past fall, Pearl taught her last adult education class at the Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute at Salem State University. She taught several classes on Understanding Dreams, and had planned on teaching a course this coming April entitled "PSI: Does Psychic Phenomena Exist?" Hospice volunteer Dianne Jenkins had become her eyes, helping Pearl, who had advanced macular degeneration, prepare for the course. Pearl was deeply saddened knowing she wouldn't be able to follow through and teach the class. Pearl had many other diverse interestsincluding her drumming group, of which she was an active member until this past December.
Most importantly, Pearl treasured the many wonderful friends she felt blessed to have had throughout her 94 years. Pearl's daughter, Sarah, wishes to thank everyone who called and visited her mom during the last weeks of her life.
Pearl leaves behind three children, three grandchildren, her son-in-law, her brother, and his family. A memorial service will be held this coming spring at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church, which is located at 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott, MA 01907.
Published on February 14, 2018
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