While resting quietly in her Kansas City, KS apartment, August 22, 2021, the Lord summoned Catrina Renee Brown to her eternal home. Realizing she was a special gift from God, her parents, David and Nozella and her sister Chrishonda Brown, celebrated Catrina’s birth March 19, 1986. She was spiritually reborn, February 15, 1991, after studying the children’s version of Pilgrim’s Progress. Her proud grandfather, the Rev. C. B. Bailey baptized her April 7, 1991. Under her grandfather’s pastorship at Salem Missionary Baptist Church, she was active in Sunday School, Sunbeams, Red Circle girls and youth choir. Later, with her family, she would minister through instrumental and vocal music and other teaching ministries of the Grace Christian Fellowship Church.
During her school days, her jovial love for life and people, especially children, dominated everything she did, from math to piano. Her friends and family agree she was a kind, caring and talented student, excelling in piano, singing, sewing, art, and cooking. During high school she taught in the Good News Clubs and taught piano in her home. After graduating May 7, 2004, from J.O.Y. Academy, she joined Life Action Ministries as a vocalist and pianist. After a year at the KCK Community College she entered Kansas State University, receiving her Bachelor’s in Science from the College of Education in 2010. This paved the way for her to teach in the KCK School District at Douglass and Parker Elementary schools where she was celebrated as a Star Teacher. However, because she dreamed of having a greater impact on the lives of children and family, she continued her education, completing her Master’s Degree in counseling from Mid America Nazarene University May 4, 2019. She earned a membership into the prestigious Chi Sigma Iota, the international academic honor society for counseling students, educators, and professionals. She further distinguished herself as an exceptional mental health counselor by obtaining her LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor and her NCC, National Certified Counselor certifications.
As a caring counselor at KVC, she helped numerous youth before joining the staff of Soul Care Counseling as a therapist. Catrina felt those struggling with mental health challenges should be met with a kind listening ear, then assisted in building skills and strategies to move closer to their desired life goals. Her clients will miss her bright spirit and empathetic heart, as will her friends, family, and others her life touched.
Catrina is preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Lucille Murrell Williams; paternal grandfather, Rev. W.D. Williams; maternal grandfather, Rev. C. B. Bailey, and maternal grandmother, Geneva A. Stephens Bailey.
Catrina is survived by her father, David L. Brown; mother, Dr. Nozella L. Brown; sister, Chrishonda M. and aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
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