Ms. Edith Fox Brown Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

Ms. Edith Fox Brown celebrates 100 years - Photo Mike Dowling

Hundreds of friends and family members gathered Sunday at Enders Fire Hall to celebrate the 100th birthday of Berryille resident, Edith Fox Brown. Born on October 16th, 1911 in Upperville Va, Ms. Brown is Berryville’s newest centenarian and now resides at the Rose Hill Nursing Home.

The celebration was a family affair. It spanned generations of Ms. Brown’s own family as well as many others from families she has touched throughout her life.

She worked  as a housemaid on Blue Ridge Farm and Gordonsdale Farm in Upperville, where she cooked and sewed for dozens of people. Her constant presence in these homes was an influence on generations of children many of whom were present Sunday to celebrate with her.

Another of Ms. Brown’s families, her church family, thanked her for her tireless dedication to God and the church. Ms. Brown has volunteered in the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church since the fifties. She was an usher for many of those years and was a deaconess up until very recently.

Ms Brown’s granddaughter emceed the event and spoke of the wisdom her grandmother, or “Ma Ma”, had imparted to the whole family.

Well wishes also came in from Willard Scott, as well as a signed letter from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, wishing Ms. Brown a happy birthday.

Roland Clark read a poem entitled, “Angels Among Us,” and closed by saying, “You are a remarkable woman and a blessing to everyone who knows you. I’m sure I speak for everyone that’s assembled here when I say happy 100th birthday. We love you and may God bless you. ”


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