Mrs. Patricia Ann Brown

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Patricia Ann (Payne) Brown was born on March 16,1954, in Ashtabula Ohio to Willie and Treather “Clark” Payne. She was a five-star woman who gained her angel wings on November 15, 2021, in Cleveland Ohio with family after eight-year journey battling Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in which God allowed her to receive a double lung transplant.

Patricia was a graduate of the Ohio State University receiving her bachelor’s degree. She was an active member of the Delta Sigma Theta Inc Epsilon chapter. Her line sisters were known as the “Electrifying Eleven.” She was also employed by Ohio State Services Association, a three-part legal aid program headquartered in Columbus. OSLSA’s mission is to provide civil legal aid and advocacy to combat unfairness and injustice and to help people rise out of poverty. For 42 years she dedicated herself to that mission and beyond.

Patricia Ann Brown or “Patti” as she was affectionately called by her husband, Darryl, whom she married in August 1987, have shared 34 joyous years together. Their marriage was a testament to their vows, together forever, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health, until only death could part them. Together they gave life to two wonderful daughters, Aisha and Ayana Brown, who carry the legacy of their mother’s grace.

“Mommy Brown” was a woman that people looked for wisdom and sound advice. She was designated the Payne Family matriarch, a role she never asked or wanted but embraced as she held unconditional love for every family member, encouraging, inspiring, and guiding them when and wherever she could. As a woman of exemplar faith, you could not know her and not know her Lord. She was a faithful and active member of the Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church for over 30 years, where she served as an usher in the Gatekeepers Ministry and a nurse in the Nurse’s Ministry. She was also an advisor for the In His Image Mime Ministry and she participated and volunteered in church activities and functions as her spirit lead her.

“Nana” is a name that emerged for Patricia at the birth of her first grandchild, Journee. Spoiling her two grandchildren Journee and Judah, became her favorite pastime along with watching tennis. She had a deep love for the game of tennis and for 15+ years she was parent helper with the Wolf Park Ace With Love tennis program in Columbus.

Patricia’s life would seem too short to all of us; but hers was a life well lived, and because of this and her persistent faith and love for people, death has no victory, sickness does not have the final word. To those of us who were touched by her love and existence, the imprint she leaves on our hearts exceeds the quantity of years that we had to spend with her. The God that called home our Patricia, our Patti, our Mommy Brown, and Nana, has inform us that, “to she who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give her a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except she who receives it.”(Revelation 2:17)

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Diane Payne; a brother, Terry L. Payne; one nephew, Reggie L. Grant; and one niece, Moiya Burnell. She will be greatly missed as she was a great wife, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by husband; Darryl: daughters; Aisha Turner and Ayana: sisters; Carolyn Clark, Lureather Payne, Lisa Payne, Gloria Payne, Willie Jean Payne: brothers; Willie Payne and Marvin Payne, as well as host of nieces and nephews: a Son in-law; Pastor Jamar Turner: Grandchildren; Journee and Judah Turner: special grandchild; Ava Hinton: “second” mother to Tonawanna Gant special niece/daughter; Mahrya Payne: God daughters; Daleyna Tucker and Mykhaela Anderson: special sons; Halim Genus and Trey Hayes: as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. A great friend to all, including her childhood friend, Renee Castleberry, and her best friend of 45 years, Melinda (daughter’s godfather, LeRoy) Douglas:  Special Friends; Ann Thomas, Brenda Sherrell, Gina Smith, Linda Powell, Candice Anderson, Tamara Nathan and Goldean Gibbs.

Delta Sigma Theta’s Omega Omega Service will begin at 3:30pm; Visitation 4:00pm followed by Home Going Service at 5:00 PM Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church, 858 E. 3rd Ave. Mask and Social Distancing are required. Interment 10:00am Monday at Glen Rest Memorial Estates. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Brown Family, visit
Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Condolence Messages

  1. The Miner Family

    Our most deepest and sincere condolences to the family.

  2. Fabienne Goins-Butler

    My deepest condolences to the Brown family you are all in my prayers as you go through this difficult time…

  3. James and Margaret Daniels

    Not sure what to say but the picture says it all. Patti was/is a beautiful person, to a lot of people. I hope she knew that.

  4. Reverend Bernard and Deborah Hood

    Our Hearts and Prayers go out to you: Darryl, Ayana, Aisha and Family.
    Love, Comfort and Peace in Jesus name.

    Reverend Bernard and Deborah Hood

  5. My dearest sister and friend ,i have dreaded this day forever and it pains me to be writing this about you knowing that i can never speak or hear your voice again in this life until God decides its my turn to be with you and all our loved ones ,i have loved you as long as i have been alive and respected you and your opinions because i no it came from a place of love ,spirituality and faith in what God wants in us ,you always saw the good in everyone even when some of there actions were questionable . your heart and soul was so pure .you forgave those that treated you unfair because you new it was the Christian thing to do .everyone who truly new you loved you , my heart is broken, im devastated, and missing you terribly right now i cant imagine being here without you anymore ,i have to accept God’s will and no that he picked you before me to protect me and keep me close to him until its my time. LOVE YOU GIRL ! WITH TEARS IN MY EYES UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.

  6. Grizell Chevere Anthony

    My condolences to the Brown and rest of the family. I pray that God grants you peace and understanding during these difficult times. And while I know that there is not much that we can say to make you feel better, one thing is for sure, she is no longer in pain, she is in peace and joy. She is home waiting for the time that she gets to see her family and friends in the Lord again. We will all miss her very much. Keeping all of you in my prayers.

  7. My deepest condolences to Patti’s family. She is very much missed. I had the privilege of working with Patti at Legal Aid for nearly 16 years. She was one of the kindest and most joyful people I have ever known and she helped generations of Ohio Legal Aid attorneys to learn to better advocate for and support the communities we serve.

  8. I extend my sincere sympathy to you Darryl, Aisha, Ayana and all of your family. This is truly a great loss for those of us who remain but Heaven’s gain. I have missed her so much over the past year, I know that I will continue to do so but I will find comfort in my memories. I know you will do the same. She was not only my supervisor & co-worker but she was a confidant, friend and sister in Christ. She was loved and respected by sooooo many people. She has touched so many hearts along her way and enjoyed many lasting friendships. Watching and listening to Patti do Patti was so uplifting and even invigorating. Seems like there was noting she couldn’t accomplish. She made lemonade out of lemons. It makes me smile just thinking about it. I value all of our talks, her advice, her encouragement and prayers. Darryl you have been the epitome of a husband (she knew you were a blessing from God) and she was so proud of you Aisha & Ayana and what you both have accomplished (especially her grandkids). I was always excited to hear hear her (Mommy Brown) updates & good news about you all and her goddaughters. Well I could write a book but I just wanted to express a bit of what I was bless to experience through our friendship. I love you all so very much. Sending up prayer for you and love to you. May God comfort you and surround you with His peace during this time of bereavement.

  9. I just recently found out about Patti’s passing. I was very sorry to hear. Patti always said, God is good. He let her breathe easy again but must of needed her up in heaven. I think my father probably greeted her. Patti was truly special and one of a kind. An angel. My prayers go out to the girls and Darryl.

  10. My Prayers are with you and the whole family during this difficult time . My Aunt will be missed dearly by everyone. She was always kind and understanding but most of all Faithful. Sending love and Prayers

  11. The Wolfe Park Tennis Association
    November 18, 2021

    Our most sincere and deepest condolences to the Brown family. Your tennis family shares your great loss but understands A Call Home over rides any earthly needs we may have. Be blessed and assured with knowing your family is our prayers during this most difficult time.

  12. Nancy & Eugene King

    You are in our hearts.

  13. Thinking of you, her dear family, at this time. I had the pleasure of working with Patti at OSLSA many years ago. I always enjoyed her friendliness and outlook. It was a privilege to know her.

  14. In God’s Hands you are resting in peace. No more pain and suffering. Sleep well, my friend. Praying for strength and comfort to the Brown Family.

  15. Sandi/Myles harris

    seems so hard to believe…my heart, prayers and thoughts are with The entire Brown family. I am a phone call away and we love you all

  16. I sit here trying to write something about my friend/sister; but when I use the past tense it seems unreal. Pat and I became friends in 7th grade when we both attended Columbus Jr. High. From day one, I knew she was special. Over the years her kind grace, her warm heart and comforting words when needed, still resonates with me. We had the type of friendship where we didn’t have to talk often, but when we did, it was like picking up from the day before. She always made me feel welcome no matter where we would meet up. She fought a good fight but God needed her more. To the family, stay strong and know we have truly lost a good one. She is finally at peace.

  17. “But God”

    Family, I pray that you feel the warmth of God’s love
    as you adjust to you love one’s transition.

  18. So sad to hear this news. Sending my condolences to you Darryl,Aisha and Ayanna. Patti was a beautiful person. I will always remember her smile and all the conversations we had about our daughters. She’s resting in Gods arm now. I will keep you in my prayer . Love y’all

  19. Mom Brown!!! I’ll always remember your warm, sweet, smiling face. Thank you for always showing love and kindness toward me. You will be so missed.

  20. Dear Brown Family,
    Our thoughts go out to you during this hard time. We’re so saddened to hear of Pat What an AMAZING woman ..a JOY Always smiling!! Please let us know if you need anything. We’re always here for you neighbor
    – the CLINE FAMILY

  21. Family May the comfort of God’s love bring you peace during this difficult time. Praying for you!

  22. Lureather and Family. My deepest condolences to all the family and friends. Mrs. Brown lived a Beautiful Godly life. I’ll NEVER forget, Lureather, how you were at the church when my mom passed. You have the Compassion, Love, & comfort she had. Her obituary took my breath away. Her beauty must have been inspired by Our Heavenly Father. May she Rest in Peace in Our Heavenly Father’s Arms. May He bring you, your family & friends deep comfort. Love you my “Sister in Christ” Peace be with you. ❤

  23. To the family of Mrs. Brown,

    I send my condolences to you and I am praying for strength and comfort. I am sending my Love…

  24. Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of one of His saints and their works do follow them.To the Brown Family I know you’re going to dearly miss your Mom but I encourage you to Remember what she taught you and engage the good times

    Evangelist Andre Green

  25. Kenneth & Bonnie Hayes

    Condolences and love to the Brown family. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow and give you peace like Pat’s smile and greeting did when she would speak to me. Praying for the family and God bless you!

  26. Camille Harrison

    My deepest condolences to the Browns, Turners, and Payne family and to all that knew and loved Aunt Pat. Continued prayers for the family may God wraps his arms around you during this difficult time and know His mercy endures forever.

  27. Camille Harrison

    My deepest condolences to the Browns, Turners, and Payne family and to all that knew and loved Aunt Pat. Continued prayers for the family may God wraps his arms around you during this difficult time and know His mercy endures forever. ❤️

  28. Katie Laskey-Donovan

    I didn’t know Patti well, but from those brief interactions over the years at OSLSA events it was easy to see what a kind, beautiful person Patti was. My deepest condolences to all of her family & friends, wishing you peace.

  29. Very sorry to hear this news. I first met Patti over 30 years ago. She was a great lady and very dedicated to the legal aid client community. She will be missed.

  30. I am so sad that the world and her family have lost Patti. Your grief is deep, I’m sure, but know that it is matched by the enormous respect and admiration she held from everyone who knew her in the legal aid world. In Ohio, and in the four state region of our training project, and indeed in legal training circles throughout America.

    I worked with Patti, and learned so much from her, on the 4-state legal aid training organization known as “CORT.” I’m a West Virginia legal aid lawyer, and for over 40 years, with Patti as a constant I attended CORT trainings, planned CORT trainings, and hosted CORT trainings. I’m sure many of us on the CORT board knew that we might not have succeeded so well but for Patti’s knowledge, skills, and unflappable competence. I learned early (and to my relief) that Patti could help me repair any mistake I made.

    All of us on the CORT Board respected Patti’s abilities and her judgment. When she occasionally chose to speak up at meetings, we listened. Meanwhile, she was everyone’s friend. When Patti came in the room, everyone else got a smile on their face and welcome tone in their voice.

    She was truly special. All who knew her will miss her. I am so sorry for your loss.

  31. Patti was truly special – admired by her coworkers and a friend to all – she cared deeply about all of us and we will miss her kind soul – condolences to her family who meant the world to her

  32. Jennifer Hanna Rodgers

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to the love ones of Pat. She will be truly missed and loved forever. She was a real angel on this side of heaven. Thank you for the kindness that you always showed me.

  33. I cannot put into words what you mean to me. I’ll forever believe the love you and Daddy Brown had/have for Trey saved his life. Rest well “my dear”. Forever grateful, forever in my heart!

  34. Dear Brown family and friends,

    I am a nurse on J82 where Patti spent the last few months. It has been a pleasure caring for her. Seeing her at the beginning of every shift always put a smile on my face. Sending your family so much love during this time.

  35. To the Brown family and my friend Lureather Payne, I offer my deepest sympathy and condolence of your loss. Remember that God loved her to bring her home for enternal life.

  36. Marceline D. Alexander

    Pat left and indelible mark on many people’s lives, including mine. I thank her for her pearls of wisdom. Praying that the family finds comfort during this difficult time.

  37. PattI and I became friends and classmates in 1970. I have loved her and cherishes our friendship all through the years. We lived in different states and cities all out adult life but still the love and friendship bound us. She was a beautiful loving woman, generous with her love for her family and friendship. I was blessed to know her. Love and condolences from me and my husband,Willie my children Jason, Jennifer, Jerry, and Diontey and classmates from Harbor High School class of 1973.

  38. My prayers are with the Brown family, May God give you strength and a peace of mind. May God Bless each of you

  39. I worked at Ohio State Legal Services Association with Patti for 8 years. I am so sorry for your loss. I know that she touched so many with her smile, her calming demeanor and, I know for me, some much needed pep talks. She was a colleague and friend. You are all in my thoughts.

  40. My deepest condolences to all.

  41. I had the pleasure of meeting My Friend Patty Payne Brown in 9th grade at Harbor High School. With her last name starting with a P and my last name with an R I had the blessing of sitting right behind her. At first Patty was shy it’s hard being in 9th grade let alone being under class men with everyone being older then us. What I remember the most about Patty was her beautiful smile and her soft voice what I didn’t realize that beautiful person was going to become my very best friend. I would go to her with my difficult decision asking Patty please Patty what you do? She would think awhile and then she would answer when I took her advice it usually came out good but when I didn’t well that was on me! Sometimes we would laugh and she’d said I don’t know what I’m going to do with you. But one thing that never changed in our high school years was her loyalty to our friendship. I could confide in her and never I mean never did she ever break my trust! I believe she was an Amazing person and one of a kind even back then as the day she met up with the Angels, fly high Patty I will never forget our friendship and I love you very very much ❤️
    Your High School Friend
    Janice (Rapose) Tiscenko
    My Prayers are with her Family & Friends ❤️

  42. Beverly Palmer Langhorn

    I’m very sorry and hurt for you and your family loss. I remember Pat very well. Quiet spoken and soft tone voice. Kind person. I pray God grant peace and comfort to you doing this time.

  43. Franklyn Fragomene

    I worked with Patty when I was fresh out of law school and working at SEOLS. Patty was always a joy to speak with, and the world is certainly lessened by her passing. My condolences to Patty’s family, friends, and to all that will miss her wonderful presence.

  44. I worked with Patti for 10 years at OSLSA. She was truly a special person. She shared herself and her love of God with all of us. I know that she is now with the Lord.
    May you find comfort and peace.

  45. Daphnie-Lynn Jefferson

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family

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