Marcia Parks Brown was born Dec. 29, 1943, in Newport News, Va., to the late Norma A. Parks and Clinton R. Parks Jr.

Marcia was raised and educated in Hampton, Va. After graduating from George P. Phenix High School, where she was an honor student and member of the tennis team, she matriculated to Hampton Institute where she was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She majored in history and graduated with honors. Upon graduation, Marcia moved to Baltimore to begin her teaching career. It was in Baltimore where she met and married Arnett James Brown Jr. who preceded her in death in 1990.

Marcia worked as a teacher and facilitator in the Baltimore City Public Schools System for 42 years. In 1996, she was elected president of the Baltimore Teachers Union, where she worked for the benefit of city educators. In 1998, Marcia relinquished her position when former school superintendent, Dr. Robert Schiller, presented Marcia with the opportunity to spearhead the development of an innovative teacher evaluation system for the city’s public schools. She worked diligently in facilitating the development of the Performance-Based Evaluation System until her retirement from the school system in 2006.

Marcia enjoyed interior decorating and had a distinct sense of style and creativity. She collected giraffes and African masks as a hobby. Completing jigsaw puzzles, gardening, reading, and shopping were all pastimes in which Marcia took pleasure.

Marcia was one-of-a kind. She had a way of making everyone feel comfortable in her presence. Her candidness and humor made her the “life of the party” at family gatherings. She always stayed in good spirits, thought positively, and never complained, even throughout the duration of her illness. Marcia did not hesitate to put the needs of her family members above her own. This was evident when she donated a kidney to her brother, the late Charles Parks. What brought her the most joy in her later years was being “Gram” to her granddaughter, Sydney. A special bond existed between the two. “Pepe,” “Aunt Myt,” “Meme,” “Momma Marcia,” “Gram,” “Mom”—all terms of endearment which embody the affection of those who loved her.

Marcia leaves to cherish her memory: devoted children, Arnett, III and Lauren Marcia; granddaughter, Sydney Ariel; sister, Norma Ragland; brother, Clinton R. Parks Jr.; three sisters-in-law, Elaine Brown Page, Doris Parks, Beblon Parks; brother-in-law and friend, Hugh Page Sr.; two stepdaughters, Dawn Elaina and Arnetta Virginia; special grandchildren, Tia, David, Mikelle, D’Aira; and a host of loving family and friends.