Mother Allie Mae was born to the union of S.P. Funches and Annie Bell Pope in Magee, Mississippi. While a young girl, the family relocated to Tallulah, Louisiana and later to New Orleans, Louisiana. Mother Allie Mae attended Violet Combined School in New Orleans.
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Even as a young woman, Mother Allie Mae loved traveling. She moved to San Francisco, California at the age of 17. She remained there for two years before returning to Tallulah. She met Burt Lee and became the mother of two children.
During the next several years she moved between Louisiana and Las Vegas, Nevada. While in Las Vegas in 1952, she became the mother of her second daughter, Irma. In 1960, she met and married George Brown in Newelton, Louisiana. The couple relocated to New Orleans where her second son, Donald Brown, was born. The couple then relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mother Brown united with Greater Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in May 1962 under the leadership of the late Rev. Nathaniel Whitney. She was a faithful member for 59 years. Mother Allie joined the Mothers’ Board in 1977 and was crowned a Mother on April 25, 1978.
Mother Allie Mae was an active, independent woman. She loved fishing and shopping.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters and two brothers, two great-great grandsons, her husband, George Brown, Jr. and daughters Bobbie Lee and Ernestine Jackson.
She leaves to mourn her passing: her four children; Eugene (Essie) Lee, Gloria (Roosevelt) Williams and Irma Daniels all of Las Vegas and Donald Brown of Phoenix, Arizona, seven grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren, two goddaughters; Keisha Pierson and Aleaha Thompson of Las Vegas, two “Adopted” sons; Jeremy and Jonathan Smith of Nashville, Tennessee, two daughters; Gertrude Thomas and Elmira Lee of Las Vegas, a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.