Theresa Dozier Ward Brown “Aunt Tee”, 81, died peacefully at home in her sleep Thursday morning after a four-year struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born December 8, 1932 in Nash County. Theresa was preceded in death by her parents Thomas Marvin and Lucile Parker Ward and her husband of 37 years Milton Eugene Brown.
She was a graduate of Red Oak High School and graduated in 1954 from Woman’s College in Greensboro. She taught 36 years in Edgecombe County Schools, primarily at West Edgecombe High School, mostly in Home Economics. She was an active member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, a professional teacher’s organization.
She and Milton were the glue that held together the Parker Family, hosting many parties, particularly at Thanksgiving. They also hosted a Brown family Christmas gathering every year. Although she had no children of her own, she was the second mother to hundreds of her students, neighbors and family. It seemed she could never go anywhere without encountering a former student and engaging in a detailed conversation. She encouraged all of them to be the best possible and to develop strong character. She wanted everything in life to be done fairly and right.
She traveled extensively after her retirement with her sister and brother-in- law to numerous locations, including Canada, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Hawaii, Colorado, California, Arizona, Washington and Alaska.
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She rarely missed a UNC home basketball game and took pride in her autographed photo of the time she met Coach Dean Smith.
She spent countless hours caring for elderly relatives and appropriately, was well cared for these past few years by wonderful caregivers including some neighbors. She loved us all a bushel and a peck.
She leaves behind her brother Gerald Ward and his wife, Pat; her sister Carolyn Griffin and her husband Cecil; dozens of nieces and nephews, many cousins and her “Spicy” cat.
Visitation will be at Dortches Baptist Church Sunday, November 23 at 1:30 p.m. The funeral and graveside to follow at 2:30 p.m.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.heritage oaksfcs.com