Leander Patricia Carney Brown a 40-plus-year resident of Maplewood, N.J. and Martha’s Vineyard, died on November 10. She was the devoted mother of Dr. Denise Brown-Allen and Leah Brown, JD; loving grandmother of Daniel and Dorian Allen and Christopher and Clayton Sumrell; beloved sister of Dorothy Mattox, Henrietta Rice, Henry Carney Jr., and Dolores “Peaches” Leigh. She was adored by her sons-in-law Douglas Allen and Vincent Sumrell; brothers-in-law, John W. Rice Sr., Richard Leigh, and Bernard Brown; and sisters-in-law Sandra Carney, Sherry Tucker-Brown, and Jean Carney.
She was predeceased by her loving parents, Henry and Delores Carney, of Jersey City, N.J.; brother Israel (“Buddy”) Lee and sister Loretta Lee; brothers-in-law Allen C. Brown and Lonnie Mattox. Leander was the highly revered aunt to Rev. John W. Rice Jr., Marilyn Towries, David Rice, Lauren Mattox, Charisse Carney-Nunes, Maria Rice Bellamy, Karen Leigh, Dawn Carney-Massey, Susan Leigh, Lisa Carney, Henry Carney III, and Malik Brown. She blessed the lives of a host of grand-nephews and grand-nieces and was widely revered as “Aunt Leander” to a multitude of extended family and friends. She was a retired educator serving the Newark Board of Education for more than 30 years.
Her funeral service was held at the Church of St. Andrew And Holy Communion in South Orange, on Saturday, Nov. 13, followed by interment at Graceland Memorial Park in Kenilworth, at 1 pm.
Donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association — National Headquarters 3300 East Sunrise Dr., Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information or to send condolences please visit www.prestonfuneralhome.net.