Marcia Shireen Tyree

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Marcia S. Tyree, 61, of Columbia, MD, passed away at home on July 23, 2017 several months after her cancer diagnosis. Marcia was born to the late Earlene Victoria and Alonzo Ellsworth Brown in Warrenton, VA on December 10, 1955. Her brother Calvin A. Brown preceded her in death; she is survived by her daughter Lauren Tyree (Kevin), her son James Tyree (Amanda) and her husband of 34 years, Jim Tyree.

Growing up in the Remington house her father built, Marcia attended Providence Baptist Church and was baptized at the age of five. She attended a one-room grade school in her early years and loved her alone time even as a child, drawing and playing with paper dolls, with frequent interruptions by her six siblings. Marcia taught herself to read before ever starting school. She later lent her soprano voice to a touring musical; their large group performances remained among her most treasured memories. Marcia's natural intellect and hard work at Fauquier High School brought her to Duke University, where she showed up with her wits, a gorgeous smile and $90 for tuition. They let her stay all four years.

Marcia dual-majored in Religion and Classical Studies for her BA, and once entertained the idea of being an archaeologist. After serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Newark, NJ and receiving a full scholarship at Wesley Seminary, Marcia moved to Philadelphia. There, she started a family and joined a neighborhood Mennonite church; she loved God's people and handiwork across denominations. She went on to live in Georgia, Minneapolis, then back in Philly before landing in Maryland.

Professionally, Marcia focused on urban nonprofit ministry and advocacy, serving as the Sumter County Director for the adult literacy program and Director of Family Selection at the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Americus, GA, placing over 100 families a year in new homes. Later in Maryland, she joined the staff at Hopeworks' Domestic Violence Center, at their undisclosed safe house location for women. Through challenging work assignments and raising children, Marcia maintained her sharp sense of humor and good spirits, acting as strong support and encouragement for her church and neighborhood communities. She was the type of friend and listener we all want but rarely meet.

In addition to her immediate family, Marcia is survived by five tight-knit brothers and sisters- Raymond L. Brown (Shirley) of Warrenton, VA, Barbara J. Brown (David) of Washington, DC, Stanley P. Brown (Irene) of Fredericksburg, VA, Sandra L. Brown of Richmond and Michael E. Brown (Julianne) of Cheverly, MD. She had one grandchild- Jamie, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Friday, July 28, 2017, from 10am until 11 am with funeral services starting at 11am at Providence Baptist Church, 7498 Sumerduck Road, Remington, Virginia, 22734. Rev. John Ruffner will deliver the eulogy.

Interment will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Bealeton, Virginia.

Marcia’s family is deeply grateful for the amazing outpouring of support and love shown during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to Providence Baptist Church.