Sheila Cassandra Madden-Brown (66), daughter of Pastor Thomas J. and Ruby Madden (both deceased), was born March 4, 1952, in Kingston, Jamaica, and died August 11, 2018.
“Pam,” as she is affectionately referred to by family and friends, was the youngest in her family. Growing up in an ardent Christian home as the daughter of a pastor, Pam lived by the guiding principles of the Word of God. Since accepting Christ as her personal Savior in 1969, she earnestly toiled in the vineyard of Christ growing, remaining steadfast, and keeping the faith until her last breath.
In 1969, at age 17, Pam and her sister/best friend Marchetta came to the United States, and they both settled in New York. In 1975 Pam married Ancel (Ralph) Brown. Their union served as an example and epitomized the true essence of love, respect, and friendship. On August 10, 2018, they lovingly celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary, the day before her passing.
Their marriage produced two children, Michelle (deceased) and Michael. In 1982, Ralph and Pam relocated from New York to Florida, where she attended nursing school to become a registered nurse. In 2009 she graduated, Cum Laude, from Florida Atlantic University with her master of science in nursing. She later started her pursuit in accomplishing her doctoral degree in Psychology, Keiser University, but unfortunately had to discontinue her studies due to her illness.
Pam worked many years at Indian River Medical Center and later became a staff member at Sebastian River Medical Center until the time of her retirement. Her professional legacy transcended nursing to include her role as a professor in nursing at Indian River State College and Keiser University. Her professional legacy will continue to have a positive impact in the lives of those who were under her tutelage and leadership.
Pam’s father, Pastor T. J. Madden, was a pastor and the chairman of the Church of God (Seventh Day) Council of Churches in Jamaica. Her mother, Ruby, was also active in the mission work of the Church. Pam always played a passionate role in the youth department in all the churches she attended (Jamaica, New York, and Florida). Her enthusiasm and commitment to God led her into a pioneering role in founding and developing the Treasure Coast CoG7 in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. She served as the secretary of that church until the time of her passing.
In addition, Pam served faithfully in several other noteworthy capacities, such as Women’s Ministry leader, Sabbath school coordinator, founder and director of the annual Youth Bible Bowl, which was established through her vision, hard work, and unrelenting dedication.
Pam’s work and influence reached far beyond the local church. For a number of years, she served faithfully as women’s leader for the Southeast District of CoG7 and worked with the North American Women’s Ministry (NAWM) as the Southeast District representative. She was well known, loved, and respected both locally and internationally within the General Conference and the Church of God (Seventh Day) at large.
Pam is survived by her husband, Ralph, son Michael (Shannon), two grandsons, and other loved ones.