‘Miss Sugar’ dies at 101 years old

Albertha Brown
‘Miss Sugar’

Albertha (Miss Sugar) Brown of DeQuincy, passed away at The Care Center of DeQuincy on Monday, June 17, 2019. She was 101 years old. She was born Sept. 30, 1917 to Jessie Sr. and Nettie Gayden in Gurley.

She married Abner Brown in July 15, 1935. He preceded her in death in 1961. Also preceding her in death, a daughter Evelyn Bradley; two sons, Rev. Madison Brown and Charles Brown; three sisters, Augustine Armstead, Aell Fisher, and Martha Buck; one brother, Jessie Gayden; and one grandson, Howard Bradley.

Surviving is one son Curtis (Alice) Brown of Elkhart, Ind. and Lillie James-Brown (daughter-in-law) of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

The Gayden Family moved to DeQuincy when Miss Sugar was very young. She was a member of the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church most of her life. She played the piano and organ at the church for many years until she was no longer able to play.

She was one who never gave up on a belief. For many years she lived with a saying, “Thank the Lord, things are as well as they are” and “ALRIGHT NOW”. Two of her favorite songs, “The Lord will Make a Way” and “America the Beautiful.” She still drove her car and mowed her grass at age 90. Her favorite time to mow the grass was noon day.

Miss Sugar worked as a crossing guard for 31 years for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department on Highway 27, Grand Avenue School and later DeQuincy Middle School which included several generations of families. Her gentle protective care while crossing these children was well known.

Special thanks to her devoted nephews, nieces, and cousins for their unselfish devotion in making a difference in her life in so many ways. Thanks to the members of this church and the churches of the community for their kindness. Thanks also to the community in which she felt much love. Miss Sugar would often say, “There is no place like home.” She finally called the The Care Center home and thanks to all for your generous care.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 29, at the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 306 Booker St., DeQuincy. Visitation will be from 10 until 12 noon. with the funeral service immediately following. Rev. Marvin L. Durgan, Pastor of Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Rev. Michael Brown will be officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church and/or the Paradise Cemetery Association, c/o Rev. Rose Cooks, P.O. Box 982, DeQuincy LA 70633.

(Paid Memorial)