Penny Rabin Brown

Published 7:19 pm Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Penny Rabin Brown passed away Feb. 11, 2020, at her home in Ridgeland.

Penny was born in New Orleans on March 24, 1944.  She was the daughter of the late Dr. Carl Hirsch Rabin and the late Goldie Rabinowitz Rabin.

She attended Isidore Newman School and received an associate’s degree from Centenary College in New Jersey.  She then obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Louisiana State University Health New Orleans.

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Penny was the ultimate nurse throughout her career. Her first job after graduation was at Baptist Hospital, where she was adored by all her co-workers. She worked there until Hurricane Katrina when she evacuated to Vicksburg. 

Once again, she practiced nursing by not only giving her patients the best medical care but also her whole generous loving self, holistic medicine at its very best. After retiring, she continued to nurse and heal all who knew her with her spirit, energy and love of life – and shopping!

For Penny, to have a good day was to know that she had lessened the burdens of others. She had a profound impact on all the lives that she touched and she will be missed dearly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Brown Jr. and also by her son Morris Brown. 

She is survived by her son, Walter Leonard Brown III “Lenny;” and three grandchildren, Zelig Brown, Shayna Brown and Meir Brown; as well as her two sisters, Debbie Rabin and Sandra Rabin Cahn; her brother-in-law, Perry S. Brown (Marilyn); and loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Penny was a proud breast cancer survivor and enjoyed traveling, bowling, playing mah-jongg and taking care of her schnauzer Flossie who she adored. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service at Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, in New Orleans Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, 824 Elmwood Park Blvd, #154, New Orleans, LA  70123, or Cancer Crusaders PO Box 7911, Metairie, LA, 70010, 

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