Ercelina Leticia Stewart was born to Adina Brown Kelly Morgan and James Uriah Morgan Smith on December 10, 1930 in Costa Rica and transitioned from this earth on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at her home surrounded by loved ones. She is the fifth born from that union and was named after her grandmother, Ercelina Smith.
During her union with Clifford James Brown, they brought three beautiful children in the world – Dorlmarie, Loida and Mauricio.
In 1964, Ercelina arrived in Queens, New York. She attended Jamaica High School pursuing her GED in the evenings and worked as a housekeeper in the day. This led her into a career in healthcare in 1966 becoming a nurses aide at LaGuardia Hospital. After a short period of time, she became a ward clerk where she spent 31 years.
While pursuing her career, Ercelina took pleasure in caring for her grandchildren. She pampered and adored her granddaughters in many ways, including taking LaShana to visit Costa Rica and spoiling Diamond with relaxing bubble baths. Her grandchildren will always remember her as an nurturer and honorary grandmother to all the neighborhood children.
In addition to being an incredible grandmother, Ercelina had several hobbies. She enjoyed connecting with her loved ones through cooking, travelling, and attending her church (Elmont Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church). She was known for her great Sunday meals and barbeques.
Ercelina had a heart of gold. She will be remembered for her gracious spirit, generous love, and unconditional dedication to providing support to family and friends. She had an open door policy for whomever needed a place to stay.
Ercelina was preceded in death by her brothers (Uriah, Victor, Albert and Newton), her sisters (Eugenia and Julieta), and her husband Walter.
Ercelina will be remembered lovingly by her daughters (Dorlmarie and Loida), son (Mauricio), son-in-law (Robert), granddaughters (LaShana, Arrianna, Diamond, and Brianna), great-granddaughters (Nadia and Layla), her sisters (Sylvia and Laura), and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, family members, friends and neighbors.
She will be deeply missed!