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“People loved her:” Family remembers Flint woman lost to COVID-19

Danielle Brown is remembered as a woman of faith who worked tirelessly at both the Flint and Genesee Literacy Network and the Flint Christ Enrichment Center.
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:32 PM EST
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - (1/4/2021) - “It’s a wake up call. It’s truly a wake up call for my family and a wake up call for the people that love us; because they’re like, whoa, wait a minute, it’s different,” Timeka Brown shared.

She lost her oldest sister to complications of COVID-19 and double pneumonia on Saturday, January 2nd.

Danielle Brown is well-known throughout the community.

At just 49-years-old, her death comes as a shock to her family and friends.

“Danielle was full of life,” Brown said. “Danielle never met a challenge that she didn’t think she could conquer.”

That’s how Brown says her big sister handled people, too.

She explained Danielle “mothered” her community. She didn’t have any children of her own; but, Brown said Danielle probably took care of nearly a million kids throughout her 49 years of life in Flint.

“That’s where the love comes from,” Brown shared. “Because where most people are like, I’m done with you, she didn’t give up on people easily. She didn’t give up on people easily.”

That fighter mentality kept Danielle’s family optimistic during her time at McLaren Flint hospital.

Brown said her sister tested positive for COVID-19 around Thanksgiving. They’re not sure where she contracted the virus, but it quickly turned into double pneumonia.

Just a few days later, she’d be admitted to the hospital, where Danielle stayed until she passed on Saturday, January 2nd.

“We are so grief stricken that we can’t even digest the magnitude of everything. What I will say is that people loved her,” Brown said.

Soon after learning of her passing, countless tributes to the longtime literacy advocate flooded social media.

Danielle Brown is remembered as a woman of faith who worked tirelessly at both the Flint and Genesee Literacy Network and the Flint Christ Enrichment Center.

“She wanted everybody to have the best. And what a great world to be in where people want the best for people. She wanted the best for strangers, she wanted the best for you and I,” she said.

Brown, who battled COVID at the beginning of April, said she hopes this tremendous loss is a wake-up call that the pandemic isn’t over and this virus doesn’t discriminate.

“COVID is real. And we can act like it’s not, but it is,” she said. “We have to understand that it’s going to affect everybody’s body differently. We were born of the same mother, the same father. I survived COVID. She didn’t.”

Since the Coronavirus pandemic began, 568 people in Genesee County have died of COVID-19. As of today, 19,138 have tested positive.

These aren’t just numbers, they are people like Danielle Brown.

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