Dolores Joyce Brown was born Dolores Joyce Burke on February 7, 1933, to the late Robert Burke Sr., and Gertrude Burke in Ewing Township, New Jersey.
Dolores, affectionately known as “Lossy”, got her nickname when she was in 4th grade. Her grandmother, who resided with her, had a stroke and they needed peace and quiet in the household in order for her to recover. So they sent Lossy and her brother Robert (Bobby) to New York on 125th Street to stay with their aunt. While this little country girl from Ewing Township was outside exploring the “city life” of New York, she got lost for a few hours…Ever since then they have called her “Lossy.”
Dolores grew up in Ewing where she was educated in the Trenton Public School System and graduated from Trenton Central High School in 1951.
Through her teenage years at Trenton High, she met her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Albert Brown. On October 22, 1951, they united in holy matrimony. This union was blessed with three sons, Albert, Andre and Anton.
Lossy was true to her Native-American Indian roots, being the great-great-granddaughter of the Princess of the Lenni Lenape Tribe, Indian Ann. Dolores is mentioned in the lineage of that tribe at the State of New Jersey Library Museum of Art.
In her earlier years, Lossy worked for General Motors, but left to raise her sons and to help her husband when he started his business as Albert S. Brown and Sons Septic Service and they moved to Chesterfield Township, New Jersey in 1955.
Dolores was a member of Union Baptist Church. She made a decision to accept Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age.
Lossy was a vibrant woman who has endured trials and tribulations of many kinds, yet she was still found faithful in her 88th year graduation of life. She loved her dogs as if they were her own children. Lossy, who often told us all never mistreat a dog because, spelled backwards is God. Lossy loved her cars, especially racing them. She always told anyone who would listen that she was the one who taught her sons and grandson how to drag race. She protected, corrected, aided, rescued, supported, sheltered and impacted the lives of many family members and others throughout the area. Lossy
embraced the mantle of a matriarch and modeled the qualities of a virtuous woman before God, family, and friends.
Dolores was preceded by her father Robert W. Burke, Sr. and mother Gertrude Willis, (step-father) Lonnie Willis, her brother, Robert W. Burke, Jr., her husband, Albert S. Brown, her son Anton Brown, daughter-in-law Marsha Brown, and great-grandson Donte Robinson. She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted and loving sons Albert Brown Sr. and Andre Brown, a daughter-in-law Judy Brown, her grandchildren, Albert Brown Jr. (Celita), Andrea Robinson (Robert), Antron Brown (Billie-Jo), and Andrew Brown (Danielle). Her great-grandchildren, Albert III, Amaris, Albanie, Annalise, D’Andre, Dylan, Carissa, Joshua, Arianna, Anson, Adler, Ayden, Alora, and Amelia. A brother-in-law Harold Brown and sister-in-laws Alverna Brown and Charlotte Burke. A special caretaker Miss Troy and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Proverbs 31:10-31 describes A Virtuous Woman as: Priceless, Loving, Trustworthy, Healthy, Protective, Pure, Respectful, Vibrant, Resourceful, Wise, Thrifty, Innovative, Nurturing, Honest, Faithful, Strong, and God-Fearing! With God and His Word, the virtuous woman makes her own mark by her life and is highly respected among all - her husband, her children, family and friends.
Funeral service will be 11am Friday, January 14, 2022 at Central Church, 2015 Pennington Rd., Trenton, NJ 08618. Calling hours will be 9am until the time of service. Interment will be at Ewing Cemetery, Ewing, NJ. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home.