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Regina S. Brown

March 28, 1951 ~ December 14, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Regina Brown Obituary

Regina Sharon Brown, affectionately known as "Gina Baby," peacefully passed away on December 14, 2023, at the age of 71 in New York City, N.Y. She was born on March 28, 1951, at Harlem Hospital in New York City, the daughter of the late Reginald Samuel Holmes Sr. and Flora Grace Holmes.

Gina, the eldest of 10 children was a cherished daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother, and will be fondly remembered for her gentle presence and unwavering faith. Throughout her life, she exemplified kindness, compassion, and a deep sense of family values.

Born in Harlem, Gina's childhood was filled with love and care. She was the adored firstborn, treasured by her parents and doted upon by her siblings. Despite her quiet demeanor, Gina displayed great determination and surprise when, at the tender age of three, (after her parents thought she could not walk because they carried her everywhere) surprised everyone by finding her on the fire escape, swinging her legs, and observing the world around her.  When asked how she got there she simply stated, "I walked". These early experiences shaped her quiet resilient nature and the strength that guided her throughout her life.

Gina held a special place in her heart for her beloved Harlem community, particularly West 145th Street, between Bradhurst and 8th Avenue, and the surrounding blocks. She vividly remembered a time when neighbors were like family, and children happily played safely in the streets and local pool. The vibrant neighborhood, bustling with stores and shops, provided everything one needed within arm's reach. Gina cherished these treasured memories, carrying them with her always.

In her teenage years, Gina discovered her passion for music, especially R&B and the soulful melodies of the Motown era. Smokey Robinson became her favorite artist, and his songs became the soundtrack to her youthful spirit. As the eldest among her siblings, Gina became a source of inspiration and guidance, demonstrating the importance of obedience, service, and setting a positive example.

At the age of 18, Gina married her childhood sweetheart, Raymond Brown. The couple was blessed with a daughter named Nicole, who became the center of Gina's world. Gina was an ever-present, devoted mother, always ensuring Nicole's safety and happiness. Their bond was unbreakable, and Gina's love for her daughter knew no bounds.

Gina’s immediate family was joyously extended when Nicole married Terrance Bazemore whom she nicknamed “My Terry Boy”.  Terrance and Nicole gave Gina her miracle granddaughter when Nicole gave birth to baby Teyana Skye Bazemore affectionately called “Nana’s baby”. The bond shared between Gina and Teyana was one of unconditional love. Gina' provided Teyana with a nurturing and kind spirit and there was nothing Gina would not do to ensure Teyana's happiness. Gina very often went beyond the call of duty as a grandma for Teyana.

Gina was Educated in the New York city public school system and was among the children integrated into the public school system in the 1960s. 

She was a graduate of the Harlem Hospital School of Nursing class of 1977 and a graduate of CW Post College earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing. Gina and her mother Flora returned to school together to earn their BSNs. 

Also, to the surprise of many Gina became a reservist in the Army Nurse Corps. earning the rank of 2nd LT.

Gina's caring nature extended beyond her immediate family. She was a dedicated nurse with 40 years of service to Harlem Hospital. With her nurturing spirit, Gina worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, in Case Management, and finally Infection Prevention. Despite receiving tempting offers elsewhere, Gina's love and loyalty to Harlem and its community kept her committed to Harlem Hospital, where she formed lasting friendships with her colleagues.

In her leisure time, Gina found solace in the pages of novels that transported her to distant places and historical periods. She had a particular fondness for African American literature and cherished watching old black and white movies on TCM. Gina's love for the arts extended to theater and concerts, and she treasured the joy of traveling and the warmth of family holiday gatherings.

Gina's enduring faith was her rock during times of adversity. With her unwavering belief in Christ, she turned to the words of the 23rd, 91st, and 27th Psalms for guidance and strength. These scriptures, along with the Prayer to St. Jude for impossible cases, offered her solace and support. It is worth noting that Gina accepted the Catholic faith as a young adult and raised her daughter Nicole in the same faith.

Gina's legacy lives on through her surviving family members. She leaves behind her beloved daughter Nicole and granddaughter Teyana. Gina will also be greatly missed by her sisters Sylvia Holmes-McQueen (Delgreco McQueen), Lisa Holmes, Faith Holmes, and Jennifer Holmes, and her brothers Clennan Holmes (Tammy Holmes), Steve Holmes (Carolyn Holmes), David Holmes, her cousin Charles Averett, who was as close as any of her brothers, nephew Darnell and his children Darnell Jr. and Melinda Green.

Although Gina had one biological child, she played a major role in raising many children. At three weeks old Gina became mother to her nephew Dishion Holmes with whom she, husband Raymond and daughter raised until the age of three. The bond shared between Gina, Nicole, Raymond and Dishon was truly one of unselfish love of family.

Gina also shared her home with niece Antoinette Hayes (mother of Darnell and Melinda), Sonia Mable, Michelle Goggins, Nicole Johnson, Ebonette Webb, Michelle Hart, Brenda Allen, Carmen Marengo (Tati), Charles Laster, Ron Leon, Tauron Warner, I’asia Thornton, Essie Rogers, Tracey, Rogers Ryan Hicks aka Dominique, and the list goes on.

Renee Ellerbe held a special place in Gina’s heart, she was truly the other daughter in Gina’s life; Renee assured that Gina had all the basics in her home on a regular basis without being asked by anyone. They had their own special bond that was an example of you don’t have to share ‘blood ties’ to be family”.

Pamela Lashaw, Tracey Rogers, and Laverne Giles also shared a special relationship and bond, they too were her family with check-ins, visits, and anything she needed or wanted. They gave unselfishly until her passing.

Gina was preceded in death by her parents Reginald and Flora, her husband Raymond Brown, brothers Reginald Holmes Jr., Floyd Holmes and nephew Dishion Holmes, her father-in-law William Brown, her mother-in-law Madeline (Maggie) Brown, and her brothers-in-law Preston and Lenard (Lenny) Brown and niece Antoinette Hayes. She also leaves behind numerous other family members and friends who loved her dearly.

A traditional ceremony to celebrate Gina's remarkable life will be held on January 5th, 2024, at the esteemed Manhattan Pentecostal Church, located at 541 West 125 Street, NYC, NY 10027. The service will serve as a testament to Gina's everlasting impact on the lives she touched. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests contributions in Gina's memory be made to the Plant a Tree Foundation, an organization close to her heart.

Regina "Gina Baby" Sharon Brown will forever be remembered as a beacon of love, faith, and resilience. Her gentle spirit, kind heart, and unwavering dedication to family and community have left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing her. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her memory continue to inspire us to embrace love and unity in our own lives.

 “Remember me with Joy and Laughter, for that’s how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with sorrow and tears, then don’t remember me at all.

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