St. Augustine Woman's Journal - Educational Resource to the Women of St. Johns County Since 2009

Olivia Brown


October 1, 2017 | View PDF

BayView Healthcare

Olivia was born in 1940 in St. Augustine, Florida. As a young child, she took upon herself to knock on her neighbors' doors to ask if they needed help with any chores. She knew then she had a natural desire to be helpful to others. After graduating from Excelsior High School in the heart of Lincolnville, she moved to Harlem, New York at the age of 19. She supported herself by doing domestic housekeeping. With the help of family she entered New York Training School in the Bronx to pursue her interest as a certified nursing assistant. She graduated first in her class. It was in New York where she was introduced by friends to her husband of 57 years, Charlie Brown. They claim to this day it was love at first sight. They share one stepson, Charles Ford, age 62 and son, Charlie Brown, Jr., age 48.

Being a caring, compassionate person, Olivia returned to St. Augustine to take care of her ailing parents until their passing. Olivia is one of 9 siblings and out of all the children, her mother called on her for help because of her devotion and care.

While caring for her parents, Olivia was encouraged to meet Ms. Samantha Wilson about certified nursing opportunities. She, as well as her husband, were hired on the same day and started their long careers at the St. Johns Welfare Federation working in various positions, primarily as CNAs. Charlie retired after 33 years of service and Olivia still maintains a part-time position as a resident service aide. In August, 2017 she was recognized for her 44 years of service to the Welfare Federation. One of her proudest moments was being part of the BayView team showing strong support in building the BayView campus and seeing the project grow to what it is today. Throughout her career at BayView, she continued to do private duty providing nursing care to many residents within the St. Augustine community.

Olivia maintains many passions. First and foremost is her dedication to her marriage, family and her home church, Bethel Baptist. She serves as an usher and provides volunteer nursing care for those members within the church community. Olivia inherited her mother's green thumb and is well known and recognized in magazines and newspapers for her beautiful gardens. She loves when unexpected visitors stop by to enjoy them.

Olivia is guided by the Scripture's message on love. "...And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13.34). In meeting Olivia one can see in her warm eyes and heart, she is all that she is called to be – a dedicated and loving wife, loving mother and loving friend. Turning 77 year of age in October Olivia will continue following her path on living her life filled with love, compassion and care for others.


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