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Betty Bramwell

June 4, 1943 ~ June 24, 2018 (age 75)

A homegoing celebration for Mrs. Betty Bramwell of Tampa, Florida who passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018, will be held Saturday, July 7th at 2:00 p.m. at New Dawn Restoration Center, 5308 E. Columbus Dr. Tampa, FL, Rev. Dr. Julia McMillian, officiating. Mrs. Betty Marie Bramwell was the oldest of seven siblings born to the late James E. Lowe and Shirley G. Robinson on June 4, 1943 in Manhattan, New York. She attended and received her high school diploma in home economics from Washington Irving High School. Shortly after graduating, she was joined in holy matrimony with the late Fred Alston.  She began her family with two handsome sons, Fred and Ernest Alston. After the untimely death of her young husband, she raised her sons as a single parent for nearly 17 years. In 1979, she married Earl B. Bramwell at Washington Heights Baptist Church, in New Jersey. Later, she would raise her niece, Aisheeda Benjamin as her daughter. At age 40, she recommitted her life to Christ and was baptized at White Rock Baptist Church, Newark, New Jersey.  She later joined Fellowship of Holiness in Newark, New Jersey. While there, she was editor of the church’s newsletter and participated in various other activities at church. Over the years, as she developed her own personal relationship with Jesus Christ, she relied heavily on this relationship to see her through life’s most difficult challenges. Betty Bramwell was a hard worker. She worked as an administrative assistant at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, from which she retired after 32 years of faithful service.  In her career as an administrative assistant, she often sharpened her skills, keeping abreast of the latest in shorthand and typing and later in Word and other computer skills. Her life’s dream was to become a lawyer and she was quite skilled in making her point and winning an argument. She also had a gift of administration. After her retirement, in 1999, she and her family relocated to Seffner, Florida, where she worked at the Belmont Heights Boys and Girls Club also as an administrative assistant. While there, she enjoyed encouraging and talking to the teens who affectionately called her, “Mrs. Betty”. In 2014, she joined New Dawn Restoration Center, where she was a member of the SAVOR Senior’s Ministry. She was also passionate about all types of music, especially music from the 60’s, 70’s and later country music. Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, cooking, shopping and showing hospitality to others. Betty had an active social life and loved celebrations of all kinds. She also had a passion for water, pools, lakes, or the ocean.  Unquestionably, her greatest love was for God and her family, and those she claimed as family. Her love and dedication to her children were unmatched and unfailing. Betty believed strongly in living life on her own terms. She desired to live life to the fullest, without fear. She refused to allow sickness to stop her from enjoying her life, nurturing others, laughing, and celebrating. Mrs. Bramwell, known as “Aunt Betty” by many, loved the Lord and accepted Christ at an early age. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl B. Bramwell; son, Fred Alston, brothers; Richard Lowe, Sylvian (Sonny) Benjamin, and Ulric (Tony) Benjamin. She leaves to cherish her memories, her son, Ernest Alston; daughter, Aisheeda Benjamin; brother, Ronald Lowe; sisters, Annette Taylor, Darlene Albury, Brenda Goodjoin and Jean Epps; father-in-law, Louis Bramwell; mother-in-law, Marjorie Bramwell; sister-in-law, Heather Bramwell; brother-in-law, Roger Bramwell; nieces, Latisha Benjamin, Andrea and Yasmine Moore, Kesha and Parthanis Pinkney; nephews, Andre Moore, Sylvian Benjamin, Jermaine Pinkney, Shaquan and Sean Benjamin, and William Elfe (Billie); special friends, Albert Harper and Barbara Bowie; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. The visitation will be held at Aikens Funeral Home on Friday, July 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The family and friends are asked to meet at the church on Saturday for the service.

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