Celia Brown, also known by “Ceci” and “Noelle,”
passed away in the early hours of the morning on Saturday, June 16th, at her home in Tulsa. Her death was unexpected, although her lifelong
struggle with type one diabetes always made the possibility of death a
day-to-day reality. She knew this, and her awareness of her own mortality
only made her more fiercely in love with life - giving her a vibrancy
and optimism and overflowing joy that touched everyone who knew her. She
seized each day as if it were the last. She danced and stretched and loved
to the fullest. Recently, she went blonde.
Celia was 60 when she passed, at the peak of health and over-brimming with
joy. She recently visited Washington, DC to attend her daughter’s
graduation, help her move into a new apartment, and get her started on
her first job. She was deeply in love with her devoted partner, David,
and they were both looking forward to embarking on a new life chapter
together. She was hitting her stride professionally, growing ever more
confident and nuanced in her mastery of healing through her massage therapy
practice. She never skipped a day of intensive hot yoga at her favorite
Salt yoga studio and was a long-time member of both Integral Transformative
Practice (ITP) and All Souls Unitarian Church.
Celia was a Christmas Eve baby, born on December 24, 1957 to Dorothy and
Vernon Brown. She was the youngest child in a household with three older
brothers. In her early life she was a dancer, eventually teaching dance
professionally around the country. Her love for bodies and movement eventually
led her to embrace and excel in a career in medical massage therapy.
Celia gave birth to her daughter, April, on March 20, 1993. She raised
April as a single parent in a home filled with love and laughter and light.
Celia is survived by her daughter April Gordon, her three brothers Tom
Brown, Jerry Rauch and Ron Rauch, her step brother William Sansing, and
her partner David Stephenson.
Celia’s life will be celebrated on Friday, June 29
at 3pm at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa. In lieu of flowers, donations
can be sent to the American Diabetes Association at their website
or by calling 1-800-342-2383.