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Dolores L. Brown, 76, transitioned peacefully at Stamford Hospital on January 19, 2018.
Dolores “Dee” Brown was born on February 17, 1941 in Camden, New Jersey to Nannie Sue Lee Thaxton. She grew up in Charlotte Courthouse, Virginia where she was raised by Lucy Jane Lee, “Big Ma.” She was predeceased by her daughter, Kim Brown, husband John T. Brown, and her brother, Sherod Thaxton. She is survived by her daughter Tanya N. Greene and husband Darrell, granddaughter Aisha Miles, grandson Darrell (DJ) Greene, Jr., brother Steven Lee (Loretta), and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Dee graduated from Virginia State University with a B.S. in Sociology in 1963. She was a great student and was always ready to help fellow students. After graduation from college she moved to Norwalk and later Stamford, CT where she lived until last summer. Dee and John were icons together in the advancement of civil rights during the 1960s and 1970s, when John was Executive Director of CTE and Dee worked at many local organizations including the Stamford Mental Health Center. Dee worked in a rich variety of jobs in her early career as head of marketing and sales at WSTC, the first black sheriff in Stamford CT, and Director of Big Sisters. She was active in many community organizations in Westchester and Fairfield Counties and was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc., Fairfield County Alumni Chapter.
Dee received an M.S. in Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut University in 1995. She then continued her work in mental health programs including ARC Yorktown Heights, Liberation and CASA. Much of Dee’s work throughout her life was devoted to women’s issues beginning with the Big Sisters and continuing through her work with Project Courage in Bridgeport where she was a therapist for women experiencing domestic violence. In addition to being a role model, her goal was to help women empower themselves.
She was in demand for her skill in leading retreats for men and women in recovery, many of whom had also been incarcerated. Dee was very spiritual and gave generously of herself to people who sought her guidance. Dee also worked with a private practice, Mindful Psychotherapy, and helped develop the first funeral home based grief counseling program in CT for African American families.
Dee was the center of her family and her close friends were part of her family. She was a totally devoted mother to Kim and Tanya and “Bah” to Aisha and DJ. She moved to Norwalk this past fall and even though she was not feeling well she wanted her new home to be ready for Thanksgiving so everyone could come. Dee connected with every person she met and touched them in a significant way—she will be greatly missed.


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