Robin Brown, former blood bank secretary at the University of Pennsylvania, died on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. She was 58.
“Rizzo,” as she was affectionately known, was born on Nov. 12, 1961, to the late Robert Lewis and Cherry Lewis.
She was educated in the Philadelphia public and parochial school systems. She obtain a degree in computer science from the Computer Science Institute and graduated summa cum laude from Geneva College with a degree in Christian liberal arts. She finished her ministry studies at the Center for Urban Theological Studies and was ordained by Pastor Jeffrey Lewis.
Brown worked at the Arthur Anderson accounting firm and then became the blood bank secretary at the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked for 22 years until her health failed.
In 1994 she married her teenage sweetheart, Lionel Brown. They enjoyed traveling and entertaining and were known for their fabulous cookouts, her family said in a tribute.
Brown loved to sing and dance and was the “life of the party everywhere she went,” the family said. “She had a beautiful smile and the personality to match ... Robin always made you feel special, she made you feel like you were the only person in the room.”
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Lenora and Sharon Lewis.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by: her mother Cherry Swinson (Alton); a niece, Cherrye Brown; a great-niece, Cenaiya Brown; an aunt, Vanessa Henderson; her mother-in law, Grace Brown; three brothers in-law, Darryl, Frank (Mary) and Kevin (Stephanie ); two sisters in-law, Cynthia and Jeanine (Joe); her goddaughter, Quiana; and other family and friends.