Celia Johnston Brown
Celia Johnston Brown supported AFSC for over 40 years. Although not raised in the Quaker faith, she was drawn to Quakerism and became an active member of Friendship Friends Meeting in Greensboro, NC.
Her sister, Joy Brown Pinson, remembers that Celia’s concern in life was always to be of service to others, which she demonstrated both in her professional life and in volunteering for a number of organizations devoted to addressing issues of poverty. Having graduated from college with a degree in English, she taught English as a second language for several years. She later worked for the federal government, helping people establish eligibility for Social Security and other government benefits.
She built an extensive library filled with books on many subjects, including poetry and Shakespeare, her delights. She spent her later years at the Friends Home Guilford in Greensboro, enjoying a number of friendships, including David and Mae Brown.
Her conviction of the necessity of finding practical responses to poverty and the quest for social justice led her to support AFSC and other Friends organizations. She chose to leave a legacy by naming the Service Committee as the primary beneficiary of her will.
AFSC is grateful to all those who, like Celia Brown, have supported AFSC’s work with a gift through their estate. For information on the variety of ways you can include AFSC in your estate planning, please visit our website at afsc.org/giftplanning or contact Alyssa Chatten at 888-588-2372 or GiftPlanning@afsc.org.