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Mary Ann Brittingham, devoted to family

November 27, 2017
 
Mary "Ann" Mitchell-Brittingham of Lewes was born to the late Gladys Mitchell Brown and Edward Wynder in Northampton County, Va., March 23, 1947. She departed this life Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.
 
Ann began her education in the Northampton County School District, and later transferred to Millsboro School #204 when she and her mother moved to the Maryland Camp in Millsboro. 
 
Their next move to West Rehoboth was their best move, as her mother met and married her “dad,” Carlton Brown, who loved Ann and raised her as his own.  As a teen, Ann attended William C. Jason Comprehensive High School, and later married the love of her life, Monroe Brittingham. Together, they have eight children, whom she raised on Wil-King Road, Lewes, where she has lived for over 40 years.  Ann’s house was the place where neighborhood kids flocked, and family members who needed a helping hand would seek out.  She never turned anyone away, even though it was clearly a burden on her and her family in many ways.  Ann extended what she had to others and God multiplied it to meet the needs of all.
 
Ann’s career took her to many venues: from domestic to supervisor.  Her final place of employment was Harbor Healthcare, Lewes.Ann was never afraid of hard work, and made many sacrifices as a single parent in order to take great care of all eight of her children. Ann loved interior design and dreamed of one day owning her own design firm.  Her ministry gift was never forgetting anyone’s birthday by selecting a special card for each person to make them feel special. 
 
Ann’s early relationship with God began with Elder John D. Staten, pastor of Solid Rock Holiness Church in Milton. She credited him with her Christian foundation and being there to help her with her children.  At her passing, Ann was a member of Salvation & Praise Ministries, Laurel.
 
Ann was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys Brown; her birth father, Edward Wynder; stepfather, Carlton Brown; and brother, James Mitchell.
 
She leaves to cherish her memory, four daughters: Vanessa Brittingham, Martina Dale (Michael), Melissa Brittingham (Elton Frazier, boyfriend), and Sissy Brittingham (Darryl Mason, boyfriend); four sons: Monroe Brittingham Jr. (Elizabeth), Spencer Brittingham (Tamela), Marvin Brittingham (Qutianna Martinez, girlfriend) and Mervin Brittingham (April); and one sister, Aurelia Purnell.  She has a host of nieces, nephews, sister-cousins, cousins, family, and friends.  Ann was blessed to meet her four half-brothers and four half-sisters who are the children of her birth father.
 
God entrusted Ann to be the mother of eight, grandmother of 31, and great-grandmother of 21 children. God gave her John 15:16 to strengthen and encouraged her when the going got rough.Her special friends were Edith Hood, Tillie Faulk, the late Marian Harmon, and Judy Jones.

Service will be Saturday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m., with a viewing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Lincoln. Service are entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service Inc. of Camden.

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